The GeeksverseCaptain America #611

Captain America #611
Published on Thursday, October 28, 2010 by

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Ed Brubaker
Art by: Daniel Acuna
Lettered by: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Associate Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Cover: Marko Djurdjevic

Bucky goes on trial for the crimes he commited as the Winter Soldier. The news of the new Cap’s identity was leaked in the previous arc by Baron Zemo. The first part of this issue deals with the aftermath of that as the media and the President, along with the Avengers, try to figure out what to do about it.

The last part is the important part and shows why Bucky is worthy of being Captain America.

He turns himself in to face the American justice system. He turns himself in to face his past and finally put the ghosts to rest.

Brubaker does a good job of showing the shock of the news from all the sides. We see Steve and Tony Stark trying to justify keeping it a secret from the other Avengers. We see Steve confront the President and take a stand on Bucky’s side. We see how frustrated Steve Rogers is with the whole process and how Bucky’s fate is in the hands of the media and the courts.

And at the same time, Brubaker plants sides for future stories.

The scene with Bucky taking out the Neo-Nazis, where he laments on how bad off the world and America is shows where his mind is. He doesn’t want this to be the end, there’s still so much to do.

The story moves at a quick pace, jumping scenes and time, showing how Steve tries to head off the inevitable trial and how Bucky deals with all this hanging over his head, by doing his job. Bucky’s decision to turn himself in doesn’t come out of the blue, or as a shock, because it comes out as the only way it could have gone down. When Steve tells Bucky to run, we know what Bucky’s answer will be.

Acuna’s art is clean and detailed, but sparse at the same time. The parts that need to be detailed are, and parts are sparse when needed. It comes out as a unique and nice looking package, for lack of a better word. It all goes together nicely and sets his work apart from others. I wish he hadn’t been taken off the Black Widow book as I enjoyed his work. I’m not sure I’d enjoy him as the regular artist on Captain America, but as a guest artist his work is nice to behold.

Captain America #611 receives
4 out of 5

Good set-up for what could prove to be a very interesting arc.

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