Rating: 4.5/5 – Stellar Espionage Action in 1966.
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall.
I will never say never again. I’d previously been of the opinion that while I was a great fan of Rick Remender’s creator-owned comics (Fear Agent, Strange Girl, Sea of Red, Last Days of American Crime, to name a few) I have never been a fan of his Marvel comics work. It’s not that any of it has been bad, it just never clicked with me. Until today. Until Winter Soldier: The Bitter March.
This issue is a love letter to 1960s Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. as well as the entire genre of spy fiction. Winter Soldier plays a tangential, but key, role in this story that focuses on 1966 Nick Fury and fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Ran Shen infiltrating Castle Hydra in order to get their hands on a pair of Nazi scientists. Remender keeps the dialogue engaging, balances talk with action, and introduces a very creepy new villain (at least new to me). Roland Boschi’s art is a perfect match for the story, clean lines and a very retro feel that fits the 1966 setting.
As period pieces go, this story gets the job done. It evokes a feeling of the time it’s set in while not feeling dated. I’m very happy I picked this up and flipped through it in the comic shop, glad I bought it and read it, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series. Winter Soldier: The Bitter March is highly recommended!
Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
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