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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
TOP 50 REVIEWERon 28 December 2011
For those who came in late, Bucky Barnes, Captain America's partner during World War 2, presumed dead in the explosion that put Cap in suspended animation until modern times, was actually rescued by a Russian submarine, and put into suspended animation. Brainwashed and brought out every now and then as an assassin - the Winter Soldier - he was finally able to escape their control.

This is a three-issue chapter in the Brubaker Captain America saga (#22-#25) "The Drums of War", plus the one-shot `Winter Soldier: Winter Kills'. The `Civil War' event is continuing in the background, but this story focuses on Sharon Carter, Nick Fury and Bucky Barnes, as the Red Skull's plot thickens, as he meets with Doctor Doom; and Dr. Faustus and Arnim Zola make their presences known. Cap does get to beat up a Hydra base, so he is not completely absent. The Winter Soldier issue has Bucky reminiscing about his wartime friend Toro (which as we now know, is another sub plot to be followed up much later - see The Torch TPB mini-series) and having a team-up with some of the `junior' Avengers, the new Vision, Hawkeye and the Patriot, who also get to beat up a Hydra base together. Namor also gets a cameo.

The artwork in this volume is the usual high standard.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 6 June 2008
Firstly, this is not a poor collection by any means; the art is attractive and the plot strong while clearly tying in to the civil war story line. Unfortunately for fans of Caps' he's barely in it. The first book centers around a S.H.I.E.L.D agent while two and three feature Bucky and Nick Fury more than Rodgers himself. Worth a look by all means if you want an understanding of all the inter-weaving story lines but I wouldn't recommend it for readers looking for a Captain America fix.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 July 2008
I've been reading this title since it's 1st issue and at this point yet to find a bad issue, the art is a perfect match for the action thriller script and the lead character is so fleshed out and grounded that you feel he's always been the way Brubaker writes him. My only concern was the frankly awful Civil War. These tie in issues ran the risk of being the first dud issues of this run. But it worked. Although Cap himself is almost absent for most of this collection. The stories about and around him do work. Although reading Civil War may fill in the blanks about this collection, it hangs together well without it. Even the obligatory one shot featuring the Winter Soldier works by showing his sadness at his first 21st Xmas with his own mind. If you were reading Civil War, pick this title up, if you were already reading Captain America, then this also furthers the main story along, so it's worth picking up. Even if you just enjoy good comics, pick this up.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2009
Don't buy this expecting to understand Captain America's perspective on the Civil War, he's hardly in this graphic novel at all. It follows the perspective of a SHIELD agent, and of Bucky - and yes, it ties together a few Captain America loose ends from Civil War, but..

If you want Cap's take on the War, its mostly in the main Civil War graphic novels. I don't feel this added much to the story. Just details.

Bit of an empty read, really.
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on 21 April 2013
This story gives little to the Civil war series but is still a good read. If you have started reading civil war it needs to be bought if only to see a glimpse of The Cap's thoughts on things in the little amount of page time he gets... and of course to complete the collection.
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on 23 February 2015
Short with not very memorable. I only read it a little while ago but I can't even really remember what happened. The added Winter Soldier-focussed issue is a nice read though.
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on 27 April 2011
What a read! Winter Soldier's attempt at redemption is great I truly like the progressionof Bucky Barnes and have bought more pieces about him since.
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on 30 August 2010
Great story and essential if you want to read the entire "civil war" story arc.
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on 18 April 2015
Excellent companion to Marvel Civil War
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2012
Captain America has gone underground to lead the resistance against the Superhero Registration Act, an event which you'll find in another book, though. Therefore, this collection brings you tales featuring mostly the supporting cast established in previous volumes. I imagine it's a hard book to access with no prior knowledge, though a small recap at the beginning should bring you up to date a little. Plot and script are okay, but they mostly go through the motions and bring forward previous subplots. Namely: the return of Bucky Barnes as the Winter Soldier, a killer for the Russians until Cap gave him his memories back. In this book he'll mostly run errand-boy for another character who's gone to ground: super spy Nick Fury, quite inexplicably being a boring straightforward good guy a opposed to his much more intriguing manipulative, soldierly self. Sharon Carter, aka Agent 13 of espionage agency SHIELD, grows a little out of her frankly "blonde" role, though she's of course being manipulated by enemies. Cap keeps inspiring people out of his well meaning stubbornness. All in all, it's the intricate plot that gets you going, everything else is done professionally, but with no heart, leaving no impact on the reader. That is, until the Winter Soldier special at the end. Here Bucky comes more into his own, and it's finally clear how good he really I'd and also why he still lets himself being, well, used somehow. A long as Cap stays basically a Winter Soldier book (and it should, since Cap's dying in the next book anyway...), this Brubaker run might still prove interesting, especially once they get rid of Epting and Perkins on art (Weeks/Gaudiano did a good job on Winter Soldier instead!).
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