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Captain America (2005 Series) #8

August 12, 2005

Quick Rating: Good
Title: The Winter Soldier Part 1

The mystery of the Winter Soldier deepens…

Writer: Ed Brubaker
Pencils: Steve Epting
Finishes: Steve Epting & Mike Perkins
Colors: Frank D’Armata
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Cover Art: Steve Epting
Publisher: Marvel Comics

This is a really solid issue with beautiful artwork, but I have to confess that several things still temper my enthusiasm for this book. First and foremost, if the Winter Soldier does, in fact, turn out to be Bucky “back from the dead,” I don’t know if even Ed Brubaker is a good enough writer to convince me this is a good idea. Second, although this issue titled “The Winter Soldier Part 1,” I don’t know if that means the question will be resolved one way or another by the end of the story. And third, if it isn’t wrapped up by next issue, that means the whole thing is going to be derailed by issue #10’s House of M crossover.

All that said, this issue came off pretty well. A day after unimaginable destruction hits the city of Philadelphia, Nick Fury briefs Captain America about the myth of the Winter Soldier, an assassin that appeared at the deaths of man people over the decades that were instrumental in the cold war. At each site the photograph of a man who looks disturbingly like Cap’s late partner appears, and somehow he ages only a few years as decades go by.

This story is undeniably an emotional one for Cap, which is where the strength of the comic comes in. Brubaker has pieced together a pretty healthy mystery and he’s drawn on a lot of Marvel history to do it, which is a touch I really appreciate.

Steve Epting continues to do really beautiful work. He, Perkins and D’Armata have put together one of the best-looking comics on the market. Every page looks like a stylized frame of film, something that really elevates the art of the comic book. This is a phenomenally good comic on the art front.

At present, this is kind of a difficult comic book to review. It’s good for what it is, but my feelings about it are tied up in the current arc, unable to be resolved until the story is. So keep that in mind while you read it.

Rating: 7/10

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