Published: February 17th, 2016
Written by: Jeph Loeb
Art by: Tim Sale
Marvel Comics, 150 Pages
I’ve really been enjoying these color themed Marvel books by the dynamic duo of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale.
What made this one really cool was that it was a Captain America story from World War II, which featured Bucky, a slew of other heroes in cameos as well as Red Skull as it’s big baddie.
While I’ve always enjoyed Sale’s art style, his use of colors and inks in this book make it feel like it’s a comic from the era it was set in. Well, at least visually. The narrative style by Loeb feels modern, even if the setting isn’t. But it all comes together quite nicely and this was a stupendous read.
The central focus of the story looks at the relationship between Cap and Bucky. Unlike the films, Bucky was the smaller, weak sidekick and not the badass that Cap looked up to. In this story, Bucky looked up to Cap and was always trying to please him like a little brother searching for approval. You really felt the emotional weight of their relationship and what they mean to one another.
The story is action packed and there are several high points. The biggest for me, though, is the final showdown that sees Cap try to save Paris and Bucky, who is held captive by Red Skull.
Hands down, this is solid work from Loeb and Sale and one of my favorite Captain America stories ever put to paper.
Pairs well with: The other color themed books that Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale did for Marvel.