The GeeksverseCaptain America #619

Captain America #619
Published on Saturday, June 25, 2011 by

Written by: Ed Brubaker
Art by: Butch Guice w/ Stefano Gaudiano, Mitch Breitweiser & Chris Samnee
Colors: Bettie Breitweiser
Letters: VC's Joe Caramagna
Cover Art: Marko Djurdjevic
Associate Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
Editor: Tom Brevoort

This is the last issue of Captain America before the new series launches in July and this title becomes ‘Captain America And Bucky’. But the odd thing is that again, like in Secret Avengers, Brubaker leaves a storyline hanging. In Secret Avengers he built up the Shadow Council, Max Fury and John Steele and just when he gave the origin of Steele, he left the book and left the storyline hanging.

Now with Captain America, he’s doing it again. If I didn’t enjoy Brubaker’s Cap so much, both Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes, then I’d drop the title and not pick up another Brubaker book again. I do not like when writers leave storylines hanging like this. But in this case I’m not sure if it’s Brubaker’s fault as much as the timing. I’d be interested in finding out.

This issue ends with Bucky escaping the gulag with the Black Widow. He’s on the fun, a fugitive, and he has to get back to the States to find 3 Soviet sleeper agents. And thats how it ends. Because we know the fate of Bucky. He shows up again in Fear Itself, with the Widow and Falcon in DC, and is killed by Sin. WELL WEARING THE CAPTAIN AMERICA UNIFORM!!

That part is in capitols because it’s a major point at the end of this issue that Bucky can’t wear the uniform anymore.

So sometime between the end of this issue and the start of Fear Itself Bucky finds those three agents and stops them and clears his name enough that the President doesn’t care that he puts the uniform back on.

When and where does that story occur? I’d love to read it.

I think it’s more the result of timing that this storyline doesn’t get resolved. This issue is open ended and doesn’t match up with Bucky’s last appearance in Fear Itself. Did Fear Itself come out sooner then Brubaker had planned?

This is the perfect example of what happens when event series end up affecting the regular series. It can leave messed up storylines like this.

The art is covered by four artists. There are no chapter breaks, but each artist takes a section of the story. Samnee’s is obvious and the opening Widow segment is by Gaudino but which pages are by Guice and which by Breitweiser is harder to tell.

Overall the art is decent and does the job it needs to.

Captain America #619 receives
3.5 out of 5

The story is good, as has been all of Brubaker’s Cap run, but because it’s left hanging the entire thing suffers for it.

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