By Ed Brubaker (writer), Butch Guice (pencils & inks), Mike Perkins (inks), Frank D’Armata (colors)

There’s something off about this issue. Butch Guice is filling in on penciling duties, and he does a wonderful job aping Steve Epting. But it’s not his art, it’s Frank D’Armata’s colors. From since I can remember (of this current Captain America run), the books have always been colored in a very dark, muted fashion. But from the opening pages of this issue, the colors are vibrant and full of life. Granted, most of this issue takes place in broad daylight, but it’s great to see this book looking brighter.

That said, the story’s still completely dark. With the open assault on protesters by SHIELD agents last issue, Red Skull advances his plan by getting the senate to outsource its Washington DC security to a private security group (or mercs if you will), owned by his Kronos Corporation. With Tony Stark tied up in political scandal, Captain America and Black Widow are on their own as they try to dig deeper into the Red Skull’s conspiracy to overtake the country. With riots brewing outside the nation’s capital, time is running out. And the ending of this issue will shock you.

I know I sound like an old record, but Ed Brubaker has done it again: Captain America #35 is enthralling, intense, and politically charged. Seeing Bucky kicking butt as Captain America is so much fun, too. I actually caught myself smiling when he took out a bunch of guys with his shield throwing. Butch Guice does an excellent job filling in. In fact, I didn’t even know he was on art chores until I read the credits. This book is phenomenal. (Grade: A+)

– J. Montes