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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