Let’s relish this run as much as we can.
Captain America and Bucky #626
You may have heard that “Captain America and Bucky” will change its title to “Captain America and Hawkeye” in April, and a new title after each subsequent run, reflecting Marvel’s shift of focus for the book, that focus being a Captain America team-up book. Whether or not you’re anticipating this change doesn’t diminish the fact that this is a run that we’ll miss once it’s over.
In any event, #626 finds Captain America trying to subdue a “Bucky” from the past. Is it an android? Is it a clone? No one knows yet, but we will find out soon enough. In #625, he was awoken from a stasis chamber, presumably from the World War II era. Fred Davis and William Naslund were recruited by the U.S. government to replace Captain America and Bucky when Rogers and Barnes went missing after World War II. Davis is seen in the current time as having regrets and doubts about the past, and we see a mysterious “nurse” with a syringe approach Davis from behind while he is at home. His fate will undoubtedly be revealed in the next issue. Meanwhile, William Naslund’s grandson, Naslund III, is in the lab with an android from World War II. They are tinkering around with it when they accidently activate a node on the head of the android, and it takes over Naslund, causing the original Human Torch to “flame on” uncontrollably. After a few minutes of this, Naslund is turned into Adam III. Who set all this up and the purpose of all this will be revealed in a later issue.
The story treads along with the usual Brubaker pacing, and if you’re a fan of Francavilla’s art then you will enjoy this arc even more. Either you’re a fan of his art or not. I’ve found fan reactions to Francavilla to be polarizing. But I’m a fan of the noirish look, especially if it works with the character, and it certainly does with Captain America, just as his art works with his recent run on the Black Panther book.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Fresh story||not much revealed|
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