This is the new comic series of the week. I’ve never read this series before and I didn’t do any research beforehand. That way, it can be evaluated both on quality and on how easy it is for new readers. Why Winter Soldier? I’m curious about the series.
This was really good. It’s the first issue in a dark espionage storyline about an out of control sleeper agent. If anything else is said about the plot, it will spoil the comic. There’s some great action and a very well written back story for the renegade sleeper agent. While most of the Marvel Universe is full of super powered beings fighting each other, talking gorillas and alternate dimensions, this one feels down to earth.
While Ed Brubaker’s writing is great here, the art is arguably better. The current timeline scenes are dark, yet detailed and varied enough to see everything perfectly – even down to Winter Soldier’s barely noticeable beard. The flashback scenes are even better, making everything perfectly visible even with only two colours and a small variety of shades.
This is an easy recommendation for anyone looking for a good espionage comic. Everything you need to know is on the recap page and as the first issue of a story arc, the comic explains almost everything anyway. It also has nothing to do with Avengers vs. X-Men.
Action Comics 10
While most titles are still taking place in the “present” DC Universe, Action Comics is still taking place in the past. As of this comic’s timeline, Clark Kent had recently been hired at the Daily Planet, the Justice League was just formed and they still didn’t trust each other.
This was a good issue, but I hesitate to call it great. It’s about a hunter named Nimrod, who is hunting after Superman. It feels a lot like Kraven from the Spider-Man franchise, but Nimrod isn’t as interesting – at least not yet. His narration feels a bit standard for these kinds of stories.
Besides the hunter, there are a number of great little character development scenes. There’s a scene exploring the friendships between Clark, Lois Lane and Jimmy Olson. There’s a big surprise at the end of the issue and depending on how writer Grant Morrison handles it, the next few issues could be amazing. The art is great as usual.
As the first issue of a story arc, this one’s easy to pick up and read. This is an easy yet slightly hesitant recommendation to anyone who either gave up on this series early on, or those who are curious about Superman. Superman’s not as brash as he was in the first few issues, yet he’s still a bit rougher with criminals than the old universe’s superman.