Review: Captain America #608

Published on August 8th, 2010

Five years ago I fell in love with Ed Brubaker’s Captain America. I was telling everyone I know to read  this new Captain America book, and then when I first meet Comic Impact staff member Sheldon I told him how great this book was.

captainamerica608I told him how great Brubaker was and then last year Captain America:  Reborn came out and I was not a big fan of it, and my man crush for Brubaker went away. But I still read Captain America anyway since I was loving  Bucky as Captain America. Now for the past two storylines  (Two Americas and No Escape) I feel like the old Brubaker I fell in love with is now back in a big way and I feel like he is on top of his game once more.

Captain America # 608 opens with  Bucky Cap and Black Widow fighting the Beetle as they struggle to discover the identity of their mysterious foe and try to find out who she is working for. This issue is full of action. I love having Bucky Cap and Black Widow kick some ass. What helped with this issue for me is the artwork by Butch Guice. I love how he is not using Black Widow from the Iron Man 2 film, but a more of a silver age style instead.

What is great is the man who set up all this is the one and only Baron Zemo Jr. Sure, he is on the cover of this issue but Zemo is actually only in one page in this issue and that is great since Bucky has no idea who the mandoing this to him is. It’s like as if Brubaker is keeping him in the shadows to make him a more bad ass villain. Zemo is the unseen enemy, and he feels much larger and much more powerful. We hear about him all issue but we don’t see him. I love it when they do that. It’s a classic way to tell a story when you don’t want to use your main villain until the end of the story.

There is a big, shocking ending that will change everything about Bucky Cap in the next storyline called ‘Trial of Captain America’ now that the world knows he was a  Soviet assassin under the code name of Winter Soldier after the plane explodes back in the 1940’s.

I think the next few issues will feel like a Philip K. Dick novel, full of paranoia inside Bucky’s mind as he thinks everyone is coming to get him. I can’t wait to see what Brubaker has in store for us.

It’s great to have a Captain America comic that makes me countdown the days until the next issue.  I guess we just have to wait to find out if the man that will take down one of my favorite characters (Bucky Cap) of the last 10 years will be Baron Zemo. Who knows, maybe Brubaker is Zemo as he tells us the fall and rise of James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes if so thank you Mr.Brubaker.

Simon Daoudi
Simon@ComicImpact.com