Review: Captain America and Bucky #620

Published on August 2nd, 2011

How awesome was Captain America The First Avenger? How about the stuff where you see Captain America and Bucky fighting the bad guys in WWII? Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a comic book that just focused on Cap and Bucky’s battles during the war? Well, you’re in luck my friends because Captain America has taken a title change and is now Captain America and Bucky and this book now focuses solely on these two American heroes in their glory days. With this 620th issue Ed Brubaker is sharing the writing duties with Mark Andreyko and also features art from Chris Samnee.

capbucky620When I heard about the new direction for this series I was excited. Really excited. I think this is a great idea and with the movie giving you just a taste of Cap and Bucky fighting together, the timing is perfect. With this first issue of the storyline I got everything I expected, but with one nice surprise. This comic is actually told from the point of view of Bucky. I actually feel that this is more of a Bucky book than a Captain America book. Granted it’s the first issue and that could change, but being the fan of Bucky that I am, I think it’s a great way to go with it.

I didn’t get as much action as I would have liked, but with every new beginning, you have to set up the story. It starts off going through Bucky’s childhood and giving us some much needed back-story. We knew that he was an orphan, but here we get some knowledge of what happened to his parents and his sister, who I never even knew existed. The comic gives us a good idea of what kind of person Bucky is, he lost his mother at an early age and then later, his father before he’s even 16 years old. Instead of being put into foster care, Bucky is raised by the army, who notices his natural abilities in hand to hand combat. These talents are what gets him noticed by a general and what eventually leads to him getting the best combat training so that he can eventually become Captain America’s sidekick.

I think this is one of those comic books that’s not necessarily going to be one of those stand out books that you count the days until you get the next issue. Instead, I think this is one of those books that might slip into the back of your head, but when you do see it on the shelf, you’re going to be happy to see it. There’s some very talented people working on the book and overall, I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. The covers alone I think are enough to make this comic worth the money. I just can’t wait to see these two heroes kick some Nazi ass!

Ken Zeider