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Captain America: The Man With No Face (Captain America, Volume V #9)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  990 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
Bucky has survived his first major trial as the new Captain America, but now a villain from his past - both as Bucky in WW2 and as the Winter Soldier during the Cold War - has come to the U.S., and he'll have to face his history just as he's finding his feet in the present. The beginning of a gripping war and espionage tale, with some familiar faces for long-term Cap ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Marvel
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Sam Quixote
May 03, 2016 Sam Quixote rated it it was ok
The Man with No Face is set post-Civil War/Death of Captain America and Bucky Barnes, the former Winter Soldier, is now (temporarily) Captain America. And a pretty crap one too - Sucky Barnes is the new (at the time) Craptain America!

Turning Cap’s old, presumed-dead sidekick Bucky into the Winter Soldier was the best thing Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting did during their time at Marvel. But, besides the original Winter Soldier arc, I’ve never been much of a fan of the character and putting him in C
Sep 11, 2011 Kemper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, superhero
This story takes place when the original Captain America, Steve Rogers, was taking one of those periodic dirt naps which superheroes seem to require. James ‘Bucky’ Barnes is starting to get more comfortable as the new Cap after Steve’s death, but his complicated past comes back to bite him in the butt.

In World War II as the original Cap’s sidekick, Bucky helped save a Chinese scientist from the Japanese. As the brainwashed Soviet super killer known as the Winter Soldier, Barnes tried to kill th
Apr 27, 2014 Sesana rated it really liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
A solid, self-contained story. The mad scientist is a credible and intimidating threat. I liked how Brubaker brought Bucky's past into the present. He's probably one of the very few characters who could actually team up with Namor at this point, and that's cool to see. And revisiting the original Human Torch makes for an unexpected but emotionally resonant plot development. I think this is one of the few Captain America stories set during the time that Steve was dead and Bucky was Cap that ...more
Jan 07, 2016 Joseph rated it really liked it
Another great Brubaker Captain America book. In this one, Bucky Barnes comes face to face with something from his past. A mad scientist is on the loose, and has plans to desecrate a true America Hero. Namor and Black Widow guest star as the face off against Batroc the Leaper and The Man With No Face.

This book gets docked a star only because it doesn't quite have the same sense of urgency as the previous Brubaker Cap volumes. What a dilemma for the reader to have to face! Nevertheless, it's great
May 06, 2014 Anne rated it really liked it
Good solid story featuring Bucky as Captain America.

It's got pretty much everything you'd want in it really.
I enjoyed the flashbacks to WWII with Namor and the original Human Torch, and I liked the present-day stuff with Natasha.
Awwww. What a cute couple!

So, back in the day Bucky helped rescue this kid from the Nazis...and then he went back to kill him when he was Winter Soldier. But something about the man triggered a few of those repressed memories, and he botched the mission.
Not before h
Jeretta Hall-Robinson
Jul 09, 2011 Jeretta Hall-Robinson rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This is one of the follow up stories to the Death of Captian America storyline. Overall, I liked it. It didn't go into as much depth or backstory as I would have liked to see. This is the kind of story where you actually have to know the beginnings of Captain America and the story of Bucky Barnes. I did like to see how Bucky struggled to be Captain America while also have to deal with his past as Winter Soldier. If you do/have enjoyed "Cap" comics before, I think that this one is a great start ...more
Jan 27, 2010 Alan rated it really liked it
Not since Christopher Priest's excellent run on Black Panther has a writer, in this case Ed Brubaker, mixed thriller + polictical/spy tropes with a standard Marvel superhero comic. In this volume The new Captain America, Bucky Barnes (whom Brubaker surprised me with how well he pulled off the resurrection) has to face demons from his past both in WWII and as a mind-controlled Soviet agent. There is also good interplay between Bucky and Natalia, with this being one of the rare portrayals of ...more
Aug 23, 2015 Shelley rated it really liked it
Bucky was sent to save a Chinese scientist in the 40s, then sent as the Winter Soldier to kill him in the 60s, and now as Captain America is trying to save himself from the scientist's revenge. Mostly solid story, enjoyed his working through what he did as Winter Soldier, rather hope we see his arm's electrical charge in the movies. I also love his and Natalia's relationship, how he considers her his best friend, how they work together so smoothly.
Feb 07, 2012 Mely rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, read-seq-art
It's great to see more of Bucky's past, and the interweaving of the WWII and Winter Soldier past missions is particularly good. However, the comic bookiness of the mad scientist detracts from the arc, and the gravitas is impaired by just not getting a very good sense of who Jim Hammond was. Natasha is also more a convenience than a character here.
Jun 05, 2010 Steve rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Nice stand alone story about Bucky's past as the winter soldier coming back to haunt him... but kind of uneventful and not quite as interesting as any of the stuff related to the ongoing story arc.
Andrew Greatbatch
Aug 22, 2015 Andrew Greatbatch rated it it was amazing
This was GOOD.
Jesse A
Jun 08, 2015 Jesse A rated it really liked it
Very good book. My first Captain America and Ed Brubaker. Will definitely be seeking out more.
Feb 24, 2015 Jeff rated it really liked it
Shelves: comix
Captain America status: (view spoiler)

This one’s all Bucky/Winter Soldier, but if Ed Brubaker’s writing it, no worries. It seems that something Winter Soldier did back when he was a brainwashed assassin for the Commies is about to bite him in the ass. He was sent by the Soviets to assassinate a Chinese scientist he rescued back in World War II from the Japanese. (view spoiler)When plot points smoosh, no?

Dec 28, 2013 Kurt rated it liked it
Even a mediocre Brubaker Captain America story is better than most other comic books out there, but that doesn't change the fact that these stories are decidedly mediocre. The art suffers from only a brief appearance by Steve Epting, who is the best artist at presenting Brubaker's ideas with the beauty and intensity with which they are written, and a fairly run-of-the-mill superhero story. Bucky spends six issues breaking in his new Captain America costume by fighting someone he once saved as a ...more
Jun 14, 2015 Nick rated it really liked it
I'm still absolutely loving this series.

I thought the villain was really interesting, both of them. I would have liked a bit more on The Man With No Face specifically. A lot about him was not explained, and I really needed more information. The lack of full explanation on him was really the only weak spot that I saw.

I loved how much time Bucky and Nat spent together. Their dynamic is so great. Just the fact that Bucky considers her his best friend makes me so happy.

It was also cool to see Namo
Mar 16, 2013 Soňa rated it liked it
Recommended to Soňa by: Boris
Very interesting story, firstly wasn't sure why I should read it when I got it from Boris.... I knew that Cap was killed and should revive but was more concentrated on stroy of New Avengers. So really is this connected? I would say yes, you need to get to know Bucky to get to know Cap. Or better said to what he signed in when he decided to step into Nation's most loved super hero and fill in the gap left after him.
Story is showing Winter Soldier and his way through the time. How people grow and
Jeff Lanter
Aug 14, 2013 Jeff Lanter rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This story arc is very promising at the beginning. There are a lot of flashbacks to WWII in China with Captain America and Bucky which I love to see. As the story goes on though, a couple of problems occur. The real villain in the story takes too long to appear. There are some interesting ideas and motivations behind him which I won't spoil but because these are revealed very late and quickly in the story, it feels like the villain doesn't really meet their potential or end up being all that ...more
More like 3 1/2 stars. This is the next step in Bucky's journey towards, not happiness because happiness and James Barnes don't really go together hand in hand but towards some kind of peace with himself, his past as Captain America side kick, his dark past as the Winter Soldier and his present as Captain America and the weight of Steve's legacy on his shoulders.

This is somewhat a transitional volume in between The Death arc and the Reborn arc but it stands on its own especially because of Jame
Feather Mista
En esta historia, Bucky vuelve a levantar cabeza y nuevamente El Capitán de Invierno (o "Soldado América", que suena mucho más genérico) me resultó entretenido después de ciento y pico de páginas de pura acción parasuperheroica. Y la verdad que después de un tomo que me pareció aburridísimo y me hizo posponer la serie como dos años, una historia así, bien contada y entretenida (en la que, oh sorpresa, siempre hay gente tan pero tan mala que hacen parecer a los yanquis como buenos, eso sí) es lo ...more
Mar 22, 2014 Sunil rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
After the conclusion of a lot of supervillain plotting and ensemble action, we put the focus squarely on Bucky, who must reconcile his past as the Winter Soldier with his future as Captain America. As much as I love Bucky and Natasha, I did miss most of the rest of the supporting cast. It's interesting how much Captain America stories are about the past catching up to you since both Steve and Bucky have a lot more past than most people—and in unusual decades. Bucky's character arc is strong, and ...more
While I am usually inclined to grant four stars to any of the previous Captain America volumes by Brubaker, this one seemed the weakest one I can remember reading. At this point, it's looking like the title is becoming a bit stale; I've felt this way at least since the previous volume, but this one really underlined that. There was a lack of suspense here, and Cap's struggle with his past was not very compelling for some reason. It could be I've had enough mind-control and whining about guilt ...more
Pat Sul
Feb 22, 2013 Pat Sul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
once again ed brubreaker serves up a solid spy filled action packed story.
bucky/ winter soldier continues as the new captain america, but has to confront a menace from his past in order to honour the memory of an old friend. he enlists the help of namor and, sort of, the black widow. story flits between time periods, as seems to be the way with brubreaker on captain america, he handles it well.

i remember when winter soldier first appeared how i groaned with a deep cynicism - brubreaker has mad
Mar 05, 2013 Sean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Who thought that I would have ever typed that. I've said before that Ed Brubaker did the impossible. Not only did he kill off Captain America, but he replaced him with the recently returned from the dead (or so everyone believed) James "Bucky" Barnes. It sounds crazy and it shouldn't work but this trade proves how good it can be. Bucky has so much hidden history since World War I up to the present that there is so much potential. I love it! The art by Steve Epting, Luke Ross, and Butch ...more
Feb 14, 2012 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marvel, comics
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Apr 22, 2014 Silas rated it liked it
On the heels of reading Fallen Son, I kept up the momentum and read some more Captain America comics following after Steve Rogers's death. I was pretty close into the storyline, and involved in the characters, but this was pretty average overall. We got some sections dealing with Bucky as Captain America, some with Sharon Carter coming to grips with what happened, and finally finding out about her pregnancy (though how you could miss a sizable abdominal scar for 9 months, I'm not sure). It was ...more
May 14, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this, but slightly less than the other installments. While I really enjoyed Bucky as Cap, finding more about his past, and seeing him work with Tasha (not so much Namor because Namor is always annoying, no matter what), the villains in this volume came off kind of lame. I mean a stereotypically snooty-sounding French dude who wears purple suits and a scarf? Plus, Doctor Chin was kind of a let down because he ended up being yet another villain-who-wants-to-destroy-the-world-to-save it.
Mar 19, 2013 arjuna rated it really liked it
While I definitely enjoyed this, I think this review by Kurt essentially says everything I want to. A nice idea, lacking in execution, and as Mely says, let down by an overly "comic-booky" villain, but ultimately enjoyable. I have to say I'm a bit of a sucker for anything that explores Bucky's past as the Winter Soldier, and twining that in with something that fleshes him out as Cap's partner full stop has to get the thumbs up.
Aug 20, 2013 sage rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, reviewed
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Dec 22, 2012 Shaun rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read. I love that the story spans across the three lives that Bucky has led. Ultimately, I like Bucky as the Winter Soldier and I liked that he wanted to face the antagonists as the Soldier instead of dressing in his Captain America outfit. A lot of old ghosts are encountered in this trade, the connection to the original Human Torch was a great addition to the plot. I am not normally a fan of having different characters take on the cowl of an established hero, but I approve of ...more
Reprints Captain America #43-48. Bucky adjusts to his life as Captain America but is faced with a menace from his past as Winter Soldier. This isn't the best collection in the recent stories but it still is strong. The story is a little fractured in that it is two short stories but with an overall story. I would have liked a more cohesive single story because the Batroc portion followed by the Human Torch portion seemed too rushed by themselves.
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Ed Brubaker (born November 17, 1966) is an Eisner Award-winning American cartoonist and writer. He was born at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.

Brubaker is best known for his work as a comic book writer on such titles as Batman, Daredevil, Captain America, Iron Fist, Catwoman, Gotham Central, Sleeper, Uncanny X-Men and X-Men: Deadly Genesis, and The Authority, and for helping
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