Written by Rick Remender
Art by Roland Boschi
Published by Marvel Comics
I won’t lie. I know very little about the Winter Soldier aside from the couple of books I’ve seen him featured in. I figured with the upcoming Cap movie, now was as good a time as any to familiarize myself with him!
We start out with Nick Fury (sporting his old school look) and S.H.E.I.L.D. Agent Ran Shen on a mission to acquire two Nazi prisoners whom the book dubs ‘the two most important people on Earth.’ You see, these two have unlocked a secret that would make the Full Metal Alchemist lose his mind over; they can create any type of material they want…gold, adamantium, whatever they desire, they can make it a reality. Unfortunately for Fury and Shen, they aren’t the only people after the two VIP’s. Enter the Winter Soldier.
I haven’t read a ton of Remender’s stuff but it seems that these spy/Cold War type stories are right in his wheelhouse. After reading the first issue of WS I can see why! I was always a huge fan of James Bond as a kid and this enough of that ‘trust no one’ espionage to keep me hooked. As I said before, I’m not familiar with the Winter Soldier as a character, but I know that Rick Remender is the perfect writer to keep me engaged in this series enough to learn more about him!
This was one of the few All-New Marvel NOW! books that I didn’t really catch any previews for beyond the cover so I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the art team. I love the decision to use the old school Nick Fury as a device to make the story take on the feel that it’s something that happened in the past. There are a few really great panels of some of the action sequences in this book; based on that alone I’m really excited to see how this creative team adapts to each other as the story moves forward!
This is one of the new Marvel titles that I was most looking forward to because of all the hype surrounding this title before it stopped last year and I’m proud to say I wasn’t at all disappointed. After just one issue I already find myself totally engaged in the story because of not only Rick Remender’s terrific writing, but all of the subtle nuances the art team uses to make this story feel more nostalgic. I’m definitely on board with this title for the foreseeable future and give Winter Soldier #1…
4.5 out of 5 nerds