Dammit, I can't believe Brubaker killed off Fred Davis!
Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed this issue and thought it was the best thing I read this week. That ending though, that was shocking -- I didn't see it coming. It was set up beautifully, with Davis appearing on TVs constantly throughout the issue, defending Bucky. As a result, the reader was prepared to see Novokov go after him, but not in a way that telegraphed it.
Leo Novokov is a great villain for Bucky, he's almost Bucky's exact opposite. It makes sense for him to go after Bucky by killing a former Bucky, and friend to Mr. Barnes as a message for what he is about to do to Barnes. Still, I came to really like Davis in his recent appearance in Captain America and Bucky and it was tough to see him go out like this. It was nice to see him at least go down fighting though.