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Captain America #11: Review

Oct 2005
Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting

Story Name:

The Winter Soldier, Part 3 of 6

Review & Comments

4 stars

Captain America #11 Review by (February 15, 2010)
The intro page incorrectly states that this is part 4 (it is the third). Other inkers: Mike Perkins.

Captain America #11 Review by (March 9, 2011)
Comments: This issue confirms that the Winter Soldier is Bucky Barnes. Nick Fury appears only as a voice on the other end of a phone.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #11 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

At Kronas corporate headquarters, Aleksander Lukin finds himself literally arguing with a voice in his head, aghast at what is happening….

At his Brooklyn residence, Steve Rogers discovers a file sitting on a table. Unable to comprehend how it could have gotten there, he begins to read the information on the "Winter Soldier." He reads doctors’ notes on how the subject was recovered from the English Channel after being injured in an explosion, including the loss of his left arm. Colonel Karpov hoped that the subject had the same Super-Soldier Serum in his veins as his partner Captain America, and that it could be analyzed for the Soviet cause. Though apparently dead, the subject was revived though his memory was gone. His fighting instincts were intact however. Test showed there was no chemical enhancement in his body so he was put into suspended animation. In 1954, Karpov thawed him out to use as a covert assassin against the Americans. He was fitted with a cyborg arm and reprogrammed to serve the Russians. He passed his tests: the ability to pass for an ordinary American soldier, to kill selected targets and to escape back to the East. Over the next few years he was employed as an assassin but his mind seemed to be rebelling against his programming so it was recommended he be kept in stasis between missions. On an assignment in America in 1973, he vanished from sight, making his way back to New York. He was prohibited from any more missions to the United States and in the 1980s became Karpov’s personal bodyguard as he was stationed in the Middle East. When Karpov died in 1988 he left orders that the Winter Soldier be put back in stasis permanently.

When Steve is finished reading the file, he calls Nick Fury to come and see it. His mind goes back to his friendship with Bucky during the War and how his pal said Steve was too serious and that Bucky was the only one who understood him. And now Steve’s world is shattered….

Steve Epting
Mike Perkins
Frank D'Armata
Steve Epting (Cover Penciler)
Steve Epting (Cover Inker)
Frank D'Armata (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Red Skull
Red Skull

(Johann Shmidt)
Winter Soldier
Winter Soldier

(Bucky Barnes)

Plus: Aleksander Lukin.

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