Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Review- WINTER SOLDIER VOL. 1: THE LONGEST WINTER

WINTER SOLDIER VOL. 1: THE LONGEST WINTER (Marvel, 2012; Softcover)
Collects Fear Itself : Captain America No. 7.1 and Winter Soldier Nos. 1-5 (cover dates January-July, 2012)
Writer: Ed Brubaker
Artist: Jackson Guice
I didn't follow the Fear Itself crossover, so I'll have to judge this book based solely on the events that occur between its covers and not how it fits in, or doesn't fit in, with everything else going on in the Marvel Universe at the moment. This is pretty easy to follow if you know who Captain America, Nick Fury, the Black Widow, and the Avengers are.
I loved seeing the Red Ghost and his Super Apes, even if they didn't throw down with Bucky (a/k/a the Winter Soldier) as much as I would have hoped. There are tons of great action sequences throughout the book.
Jackson Guice's artwork is great. His art is like fine wine, as it has improved tremendously with age. I have loved his work since he did Micronauts: The New Voyages, a series that needs to be collected. Since Disney owns Marvel, they should use their money and muscle to buy everything in their path until they acquire the Micronauts. The world needs Micronauts hardcovers.
The coloring is incredibly tasteful throughout the book as well. Modern computer coloring is breathtaking when done correctly. Props to Bettie Breitweiser for showing skill and taste. So yes, all is well and rosy with this series. And yes, who is the third sleeper agent? I have to read Volume 2 stat!
Junk Food For Thought rating: 5 out of 5.
The OCD zone- Standard Marvel trade paperback.
Paper rating: 5 out of 5. This has decent weight coated stock paper with a slight sheen to it.
Binding rating: 4 out of 5. Glued binding. Nothing to see here.
Cardstock cover coating rating: 5 out of 5. The usual wax coated cardstock cover found on all Marvel trade paperbacks. It is highly durable and makes me happy.

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4 comments:

  1. where the mellon collie review at?!

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    1. I am almost done writing it. It needs another pass before I can "print" it. I went to two stores on the day of release and neither had it so I had to order if from Crapazon. That took 6 days to get here, miraculously ding-free. Then I had to properly digest all 5 discs. It's the most elaborate Pumpkins box yet.

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    2. Are all the Aeroplane Flies High songs part of it? I remember there was an article in a magazine around the time it came out where Billy went through and commented on each song and why it didn't make the cut...I hope that's included

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    3. Only a handful of them are on it because The Aeroplane Flies High box set is coming out in the spring. Cha-ching!

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