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Story by Ed Brubaker & Marc Andreyko
Art by Chris Samnee
Colors by Bettie Breitweiser
Letters by Joe Caramagna
Cover by Ed McGuinness, Val Staples, Mark Bagley & Andy Lanning

Size: pages
Price: 2.99

Even though I’ve read a lot of Captain America, I never knew much about Bucky. In “Captain America & Bucky” #620, writers Ed Brubaker and Marc Andreyko dive into Bucky’s past starting from his early childhood up to where he joins Steve Rogers. It’s the first issue in a five part story and just another example of Brubaker’s masterful handling of these characters.

The writers start in 1935 and carry us through various key moments in Bucky’s life. It almost feels like we are reading Bucky’s diary as he narrates events that have had a tremendous impact on his life. The story moves as such a precise pace with every jump in time fitting perfectly together. The story captures the innocence of childhood while poignantly selling the emotions brought by tragedy. There are some heart-wrenching scenes and truly tender dialogue. It’s such a great package and as background stories go, this is one of the best I’ve read.

I’m not the biggest fan of Chris Samnee’s work. You can always tell when he’s rushed and his style has little room for error. That said, in this issue he really delivers. While it’s not my favorite style it’s a perfect fit for this type of story. I was particularly impressed by the way he captures the period, specifically in the smaller details. Bettie Breitweiser’s colors do even more to present a believable 1930s and 1940s environment. But while they are fitting, the dark and dingy colors did leave me wishing for a little more variety from the color pallette.

When it comes down to it this was a great issue. Yes, it’s a back story issue but it’s one so beautifully constructed and well written that I didn’t care. It packs plenty of emotion and is completely satisfying. In light of the events of “Fear Itself” I wasn’t sure how I would feel about “Captain America & Bucky”. Well, Brubaker, Andreyko, and Samnee have convinced me. Hats off to this creative team.

Story: 5 - Excellent
Art: 4 - Very Good

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