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Captain America #26: Review

Jul 2004
Robert Morales, Chris Bachalo

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The Bucky Issue

Review & Comments

2 stars

Captain America #26 Review by (February 15, 2010)
Other inkers: Al Vey.

Captain America #26 Review by (September 28, 2010)
Review: What do we have here? An overly complicated story structure to match the awkward art. And the story is not the same one we’ve been told: Baron Zemo is nowhere to be seen and Cap and Bucky are in their costumes when the plane explodes. More importantly, what was the point? The child endangerment plot goes nowhere and there have been better versions of the last days of Bucky Barnes. The plane crash scenes were the best part; the attempt to add some depth was a misfire.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #26 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Steve Rogers is a passenger on a small military plane that is heading for a landing in Washington (D.C.). A sudden unexplained disaster cripples the ship in midair, and Steve is forced to take the controls. As he radios for help and tries to steady the plane, he has a flashback to the War, when he and Bucky were attempting to rescue GIs from a similarly disabled aircraft….

Flashforward: Steve meets with Presidential candidate Lester Paley and his campaign strategist Harry Camus, who mentions that Matt Drudge is raising the idea that Steve’s accident was a publicity stunt. [Steve narrowly misses two other aircraft.] Camus goes on to explain that Captain America’s actions reflect on Paley’s campaign if he is associated with Cap, especially the recent events at Guantanamo Bay (issues #21-25). The real issue though is charges of child endangerment brought against Captain America. [The disabled plane is heading straight for the Washington Monument.] Flashback: Brought before Military Intelligence, Bucky explains how he discovered that Steve Rogers was Captain America. Colonel Price informs Bucky that, as a countermove to the Nazis’ Hitler Youth, he will be Cap’s new partner. Cap explains the boy’s new responsibility to be a beacon of liberty for the USA. [Steve manages to steer around the massive Monument.] Flashforward: Steve explains to Paley and Camus that Bucky knew the risks—guarding the new drone plane, Cap and Bucky see it hijacked; the two race after it and Bucky leaps aboard only to find a booby-trap which explodes…. Steve explains "Bucky Barnes didn’t die because he was a kid. He died because he was a hero."

Back in the present, Steve wrestles the plane into a landing on the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial. As the crowd gathers around, he is asked how he was able to do that. He replies, recalling Bucky’s sacrifice, "I didn’t do anything. I was lucky."

Chris Bachalo
Al Vey
Brian Reber
Dave Johnson (Cover Penciler)
Dave Johnson (Cover Inker)
Dave Johnson (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bucky Barnes
Bucky Barnes

(James Barnes)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

Plus: Lester Paley, Nazis.

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