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Captain America and Bucky #623: Review

Dec 2011
Ed Brubaker, Chris Samnee

Story Name:

(No title given) [Part 4 of 5]

Review & Comments

4 stars

Captain America and Bucky #623 Review by (June 22, 2019)

Review: Bucky faces Man’s inhumanity; inhumanity wins. In this historic episode, cheery teen sidekick learns about the Holocaust and is devastated; the rest of the story has him agonizing over not being able to do anything about it. The point of the tale is not to raise awareness of the Holocaust—you should have been paying attention in high school for that—but to center on impotence in the face of overwhelming evil. Which was the point (on a smaller scale) of Cormac McCarthy’s NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (in case you were wondering if that had a point); the problem here is that the evil is so big, the heroes so small, and the page count too low to make any real use of it. Nice effort, though.

Comments: Marc Andreyko is credited as co-writer.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America and Bucky #623 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

While Captain America and the Human Torch are in Washington for a meeting with the President, Bucky and Toro are left on their own in a US Army camp in Europe. Bucky eavesdrops on an important planning session where he learns that American undercover agent Martin Schiller has been captured by the Nazis and is being held in a prison camp. While the brass debates the best way to rescue him before he can be forced to reveal the details of the Allied operation, Bucky decides to undertake the mission himself. He persuades Toro to accompany him and they set out to walk the 85 kilometers to the Nazi camp. Eventually they capture a German jeep and don uniforms making it easy to reach their destination. Bucky locates Schiller and sets off an explosion as a distraction; as they try to leave Bucky discovers another set of prisoners at the camp: emaciated men wearing Stars of David. The Nazis guards open fire and the stunned Bucky is shocked to see a mass grave. He goes berserk, shooting down all the enemy soldiers in sight and hurling grenades. Toro persuades him to leave with Schiller and that they can’t do anything about the Jews except get safely back to camp and send a larger force. Back at camp, the two boy heroes are reprimanded for their disobedience but Bucky isn’t listening: his mind is on the horrors he has seen. He confides in Steve when he returns, and his mentor assures him he did the right thing and they will do something about it after their next mission. But they never got back to the concentration camps: one mission led to another until that fateful day on Zemo’s island which changed Bucky’s life forever….

Chris Samnee
Chris Samnee
Bettie Breitweiser
Ed McGuinness (Cover Penciler)
Ed McGuinness (Cover Inker)
Chris Sotomayor (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bucky Barnes
Bucky Barnes

(James Barnes)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Thomas Raymond)

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