As brilliant as Michael Lark is, it’s damn good to have Butch Guice back on this title, he really nails the more out-there, Steranko-inspired moments, and his panel arrangements are something else. This issue picks up right where the last one left off, with Black Widow having gone off the reservation and killed a bunch of SHIELD Agents. As I suspected, Nick Fury is still alive (although for once they didn’t go the LMD route), but Jaspert Sitwell is well and truly dead. Which is a shame, just when I was starting to like him. I really like how far ahead Leo Novokov has been planning with this story, he’s a great enemy for Bucky to face, really formidable, and I almost hope he doesn’t die at the end of this arc, just so he can stick around as a permanent arch-foe. But knowing Brubaker, he’ll get two in the back of the head. This issue also feature some cool guest-appearances from other Marvel Heroes, Captain America of course shows up, and both Wolverine and Hawkeye find out that Bucky is still alive. I wonder if Hawkeye knowing is set up for Winter Soldier to join the Secret Avengers? That would be very cool, but he’s probably just there because he’s very close to Black Widow. But then where were Iron Man and Daredevil? The best scene in this issue was the one where Bucky was at the punching bag and remembering a happy moment with Natasha in Paris, it was drawn beautifully by Guice, and it was just very emotional. This is the kind of story Brubaker is best at, superhero stories with real emotional heft to them.