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Bucky Barnes: the Winter Soldier #3: Review

Dec 2014
Ales Kot, Marco Rudy

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Chapter Three: Romancing Space

Review & Comments

3.5 stars

Bucky Barnes: the Winter Soldier #3 Review by (January 29, 2015)
Comments: Most of the names on Mer-Z-Bow look like some sort of kicky wordplay but I can’t identify anything.

Review: Again, this looks like nothing else Marvel is doing; it’s an unfamiliar take on a well-known character. The art is fascinating and bizarre and enticing and off-putting at the same time—even if we manage to follow what’s going on in under six readings. The dialogue doesn’t fit the grim and intense Winter Soldier we’ve been reading about for a decade. But then it doesn’t fit the dirty task Bucky is handed either—outer space hitman. So…it’s cool and trippy and confusing and strange. It’s only a comic book. Just go with it.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Bucky Barnes: the Winter Soldier #3 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Having been directed to the planet Mer-Z-Bow by King Loki, Bucky Barnes is being briefed on the planet by Daisy Johnson. Ventolin Xtal is the ruler of the telepathic Pao-Ree and she wants to abolish the monarchy which, according to Nick Fury, would destabilize the region—so she must die. They land on the planet and are greeted by guards ensuring they come in peace. Bucky wants a date with the Queen so they arrange it. Meanwhile, a much older Bucky is watching from 30 miles away….

Bucky is ushered into the presence of Ventolin where they each reveal they have had a dream about the other. Wherein they met and kissed…..

87 miles away, guards investigating a mysterious spaceship are the victims of a perception bomb. Then an invader quickly cuts them all to pieces with a knife. It is Crossbones….

Ventolin takes Bucky on a tour of this world’s flora. They are delighting in one another’s company. Then she mentions that in her dream, after he kissed her, then he killed her. Bucky promises he won’t….

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