(W) Ed Brubaker, James Asmus  (A) Francesco Francavilla

Captain America embodied the ideals and beliefs of America at its most pure, before the greed of big business and corrupt Governments tainted the dream; when we knew where we stood in the world and who our enemies were. Nowadays, most people find it hard to identify with him, seeing only a boy scout that fights for his country, a relic of times past. True, he was created as a poster boy for kids to look up to during the dark days of WWII, but if you gaze a little deeper, there is much more beneath the surface.

            Ed Brubaker, best known as the man who killed Steve Rogers, teams up with newcomer, James Asmus to bring us a book that takes its queues from Silver Age Kirby adventures, as well as the more modern espionage styled stories that defined Brubaker's previous run. Captain America and Bucky is a testament to the longevity of the character, providing action packed excitement as well as a feel of what it's like to be a man out of time who is never able to escape his past.

            Joining them on this issue is new regular artist, Francesco Francavilla, whose genius I cannot do justice here. Using Silver Age techniques filtered through a non mainstream super-hero lens, Francavilla creates a retro/modern style that perfectly complements the character. With his odd color palette of purples, oranges, browns and yellows, Francavilla infuses the pages with a neo-noir sense, but without the dripping despair that is expected with that style.

            As a longtime Captain America fan, I couldn’t be happier with the direction this new creative team has taken. This is a comic that understands the inherent absurdity of Super-Hero books as well as what it means to represent the notions of a country that no longer exists.

4 out of 5 Z's