In 2008, Marvel produced a number zero issue entitled "Captain America: White" which was going to soon become a five issue limited series. But, it was a series that never came out. The combination team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, who also teamed up for Batman: The Long Holloween and Hulk: Grey were back, but the story just never got made. But, this is the year of comics that we never expected to see to finally hit the shelves. But, the question is what are we going to get in a story that took 8 years to come out? Will the story live up to the hype or will it turn out to be something that we really don't care for. Well, that is some of the problems with this comic. It turns out to be exactly what we didn't expect it to be.
First comes the problem of what the series is going to be about. A majority of Jeph Loeb/Tim Sale stories revolve around the early years of the characters that they are writing a story about. That is 100% the case in this story also, as it begins during the events of Avengers #5 where Captain America was found, and continues as he learns of all the events that happened while he was gone. But, the true story revolves around his belief that Bucky might also still be alive. This story originally was coming out at the time when Bucky was about to take up the mantle of Captain America. Now, we are getting a story that we already know much about. The art style by Sale is still good, but it is nowhere as good as we have seen in the past. It is very clear when you see the different styles of his art from this issue and the number zero issue that is included in this issue. While it may have not exactly been worth the seven-year wait we had to endure, nothing rarely is. If you separate it and take it for what is, a comic tale that encapsulates a historic moment in time while throwing some artistic sizzle and pizzazz, I think it succeeds. Is it the best thing I've read this year? No, but it doesn't have to be. All in all, it is still an enjoyable first issue and it will be very interesting to see where Loeb chooses to bring this story next. Will it stay in the WW2 days or will it slowly start to encompass different eras of the relationship between Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes. I give this first issue a 6 out of 10, but it is still a good 6 out of 10 that has potential to really raise in the coming weeks.