Thursday, April 12, 2012

Captain America & Bucky #626 and #627

Captain America & Bucky #626
  Story by James Asmus & Ed Brubaker
  Script by James Asmus
  Art and Cover by Francesco Francavilla


Ed Brubaker and Co. Actually Do Right by Using Cap's Past Exploits



When we last left Cap, he was in the middle of a case involving the 2nd man to be Bucky, Fred Davis.  Fred was under attack by androids related to Adam II, a rogue creation of Professor Horton, creator of the android Human Torch.  Fred's partner, the 2nd Captain America William Naslund (aka the Spirit of '76) was killed by Adam II.  Naslund's long lost son comes out of the woodwork to help Cap.  A Bucky android appears and wreaks havoc.  Cap takes him on.  Meanwhile, young Naslund and the original Torch examine the remains of Adam II trying to figure out what is going on.  Meanwhile, Fred Davis is checking up on Naslund.  What he finds has him worried and may get him killed.  Evidently Adam may hold all the cards.

The Good:
The story really is getting better.  Brubaker may actually be putting forth some effort with this one.  The back and forth scenes showing Fred Davis as Bucky with his two Cap partners are quite nostalgic and poignant.  We get a lot more intrigue and back story in this one as we see Fred doing research and see the Torch and Naslund talking together.  More is discovered about the inner relationships of the post-war Invaders/All-Winners Squad.  The ending, while a little predictable, is just enough of a twist to keep the reader interested.

The Bad:
This book seriously misses the coloring genius of Bettie Breitweiser.  The colors at times are two dark and off where they need to be.  Between that and some rather twisted versions of the Human Torch, the art in this story is subpar.  However, getting to see more of the drama that used to be a hallmark of Cap's book is quite excellent.  The cover is excellent, but the rest of the colors and art are below what I expect and doesn't give the book a consistent feel.

Even though this book is mostly about Buckys past and present it seems, the story is good and the characters are followable.  While I would like to see more Cap, the stories are getting better and the plotting is getting more interesting.  Either Brubaker is putting forth effort or he is allowing others to do the work.  Either way, this Cap book is much easier and palatable to read than the gimmicky, blatant rip offs every issue over at the main Cap book.

New Hope Patriot Missile Rating:


  3 out of 5 Shields


Captain America and Bucky  #627 
  Story by James Asmus & Ed Brubaker
  Script by James Asmus
  Art and Cover by Francesco Francavilla


Cap vs. An Army of Cap Droids...
Didn't We have Enough Ameridroids in the Other Cap Book?



When we last left Cap and the Gang, Cap was led into a trap by a Buckybot where he was faced with an army of Cap robots.  Fred Davis was about to be massacred by a nursing home attendant.  And William Naslund III was revealed to be an android who became Adam III.  And the Human Torch was driven insane by a beacon.  No big deal, right?  Wrong.  Evidently, Adam II had a contingency plan for if he were seemingly destroyed.  All these years, things have been put into motion to bring Adam back in a new body with new software but same ambition:  world domination. 

The Good:
The flashbacks of Fred Davis as Bucky interacting with the Torch were quite good.  Seeing the child angry at the android simply because he was an android showed Fred's passion at the loss of his partner.  Very good writing, for once.  Also, seeing Fred take action in the present day and feel needed again was a good touch as well.  The added twist of moles placed by Adam in the government was a nice touch that adds so much to the story, making it like the stories from the 70s.  The Cap vs. Capdroid battle was ok.  Seeing the evolving Adam III and hearing his further ideas for advancement and domination were excellent as well.

The Bad:
Still not liking the bulk of the art or colors.  I love the artist's previous work on Dynamite's Zorro series with Matt Wagner, but his work on Cap is just not my cup of tea.  The colors remain too primary and too stark.  The battles did not have enough detail.  The new Adam III looked like a retrograde instead of an improvement, except for the last panel of the book.

Overall, this title continues to improve, even if it is still overly focused on the sidekick.  I would recommend this one over the regular Cap title at this point.

New Hope Patriot Missile Rating:


  3 out of 5 Shields
 
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