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Captain America and Bucky #621: Review

Oct 2011
Ed Brubaker, Chris Samnee

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Part 2 of 5: First Blood

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4 stars

Captain America and Bucky #621 Review by (June 22, 2019)

Review: This issue features the previously unseen incident of the first time Bucky killed a man, causing an inner turmoil that most heroic tales gloss over. The handling is rather low-key, which works better for getting the point across than a more melodramatic treatment would.  

Comments: Marc Andreyko is credited as co-writer.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America and Bucky #621 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

After a few weeks together, Captain America and Bucky are operating as a team, capturing Axis spies in the States and stopping acts of sabotage. But Bucky has an itch to get into the real War, to go overseas where the combat is. Steve warns him that it is something he has not prepared for: “taking a life can be simple…but living with what you’ve done…that’s not so simple.” They are soon sent on an undercover mission: in their military uniforms Steve and Bucky go to a carnival. They meet with an informant who works there, who tells them that the Brandt Brothers, trapeze artists, have been getting some strange shipments. They investigate and discover crates of lion statuettes, but are caught by the suspicious Brandts; Steve improvises an excuse and they leave. That evening they return as Captain America and Bucky and find the carnival gone, their informant dying from a knife wound. He tells them that the Brandts are planning to kill all the soldiers at the crowded train station down the line. Racing on their motorcycle, they catch up to the circus train and board it. As they run along the top of the train to the engine, they are caught by the Brandts; one of the villains throws a knife which pierces Bucky’s leg and sends him crashing through a skylight into the clown car. As Cap battles the Brandts atop the speeding train, the wounded Bucky makes his way toward the engine, where the fireman is shoveling the lion statuettes into the furnace. As they near the crowded station, the bad guy reaches for a switch to open the flue but Bucky throws the knife piercing the man’s throat….

They later learn that the lions were made of toxic chemicals; the train would have released a cloud of poison gas as it sped through the station, killing scores of GIs and their families. But Bucky is still in shock over killing a man, and realizes Steve was right about the hardest part….

Chris Samnee
Chris Samnee
Bettie Breitweiser
Ed McGuinness (Cover Penciler)
Dexter Vines (Cover Inker)
Val Staples (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bucky Barnes
Bucky Barnes

(James Barnes)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Human Torch
Human Torch

(Jim Hammond)

(Thomas Raymond)

Plus: Arnim Zola, U-Man.

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