Captain America #50

Writer: Ed Brubaker Artist: Luke Ross Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 20, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 9
7.9Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

Bucky Barnes, another man out of time, is the new Captain America now...but today he's trapped in the past, because today is Bucky Barnes' birthday. See Bucky's favorite and least favorite birthdays - from the cold winters of the Depression on military bases, to the front lines of WW2 fighting alongside the Invaders, to his new mission as Cap. Oh yeah, and someone's trying to kill him. By Ed Brubaker and Luke Ross. Rated T+ …$3.99

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk May 20, 2009

    The issue contains, after the story proper, a short bio of Rogers life as well as his adventures from the time he was administered Dr. Erskines super soldier serum up through his death and Buckys eventual assumption of the mantle of Captain America. Its pretty unexciting and unnecessary, but serves as a brief history for any readers who might have picked up Captain America #50 because its a milestone issue and were wondering just who this Bucky character was, etc. With next issue going back to original numbering, it will be the 600th issue published as a monthly Captain America title since his inception, much like Thor did a few months ago, next months issue looks to be the real milestone issue. As long as the quality displayed in issue #50 holds up, Captain America will remain a strong read, no matter what the issue numbering system is. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    IGN - Dan Phillips May 20, 2009

    All in all, despite an ending that's a little too saccharine for my tastes, Captain America #50 is another excellent installment of one of the most consistently great runs in decades. And with issue #600 on the horizon, it looks like things will only get better for this brilliant series. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Rob G May 25, 2009

    A nice one and done tale. No fireworks. No dramatic revelations. Just another character study on Bucky, which I think is the main problem I have with this series of latealmost every issue is a character study on Bucky. I'd like to see some plot momentum or some new villians or something novel happen in this series. Brubaker revitalized Daredevil with new characters and contestant external-conflict for Matt Murdock. That's not really happening here in this series as it is always focused on uncovering the past. However, as I mentioned before, I think there will be dramatic changes down the line for Captain America. The black-flag teaser and the upcoming Reborn mini-series point to big things on the horizon. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comic Addiction - Chris Partin May 21, 2009

    Captain America continues to be a great series each and every month. We’re fifty issues and I can’t see Brubaker slowing down any time soon. Next issue we see a change in the series as the title goes back to its original numbering with issue #600. I’m an old reader so I’m glad to see this happening, but it’s not necessary. Fans are going to read this title regardless because it’s good. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt May 20, 2009

    The second backup is a strip by Fred Hembeck, which references the oft-forgotten Cap-impersonator from "Strange Tales" #114 " the "first" 60s Cap, as he puts it. In a "piece to camera" the Acrobat muses over his past in the traditional Hembeck style. Overall, it makes for an enjoyable supplement to the other two stories, and if a comic's going to cost $3.99, then this is the sort of extra material I wouldn't mind paying a little for. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - David Wallace/Kevin Powers May 19, 2009

    This issue does two things rather well that really move it away from "traditional filler" territory. On one hand, the issue provides more insight into Bucky's character with fresh material and well-done flashbacks. This issue also serves as a pretty solid jumping on point for anyone who has been unwisely passing over this title. The "Saga" contained in the second half of this issue does a great job getting the reader up to date and the main story contained in the issue provides a good insight into the current Captain America. Anyone looking to jump on at issue #600 shouldn't be too lost after reading this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck May 24, 2009

    Now, if I could just figure out how to file these issues with all the crazy numbers... Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson May 20, 2009

    With issue #600 in the wings, it's obvious that this book couldn't be the big giant anniversary extravaganza of Captain America. Instead, it ends up be a big giant pean to James Barnes, something I like a bit better anyway. The struggle of Bucky to live up to Steve's reputation is one that really resonates, especially in the new topsy turvy Marvel Universe, and it's good to see Brubaker focusing on the man behind the mask. With rumors of "The Return" flying fast and furious, this is the perfect time for a little Bucky-centrism, and the story goes down smooth like good barbeque sauce. Captain America #50 earns a well-deserved 3.5 out of 5 stars, giving fans new and old something to get excited about... Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren May 21, 2009

    If you hate these types of issues, it's an Avoid It. If you're unfamiliar with Captain America or the current series or just like these types of stories, it's a Must Read. I didn't hate it, but it wasn't exactly thrilling for a $3.99 price hike just because of the big number 50 on the cover. Read Full Review

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