Winter Soldier #5

Winter Soldier #5

Writer: Ed Brubaker Artist: Butch Guice Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 16, 2012 Critic Reviews: 11
8.5Critic Rating
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Bucky and Black Widow race against the clock to prevent an all-out war with Latveria. With the trained Sleepers standing in his way, Bucky must now stop the very agents that he himself trained!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero May 16, 2012

    It's the end of the first arc but the story's actually not quite over yet. The creative team of Brubaker, Guice and Breitweiser makes this a great and fun read while looking amazing each month. The opening scene with Doctor Doom, Nick Fury and Bucky was a joy and Brubaker delivered plenty of action for this team-up you never thought you'd see. As much as I've enjoyed this series so far, I've never been a fan of the Red Ghost and Lucia Von Bardas hasn't won me over yet either. Besides the action, there's also plenty of set up to see the consequences of the events that occur here. WINTER SOLDIER impresses me each month. It has a great disconnected feeling while still being heavily rooted in the Marvel Universe. This is the perfect atmosphere for a comic featuring Bucky as the Winter Soldier and while the world believes he's dead. It's no surprise that this title has remained at the top of my reading list each month. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Examiner - Anthony Schultz Jun 25, 2012

    In a sort of epilogue, the penultimate loose end is tied up via an assassination, and a great cliffhanger closes out the issue which will lead directly to the next Winter Solider arc. So far, this is my favorite issue of the run, and receives five-out-of-five stars. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Fanboy Buzz - MQuannBoyd May 20, 2012

    In closing, by definition the resurrection of James Bucky Barnes shouldn't have worked. He was dead for too long. He was on the short list of characters that should never raise from the dead. For the love of all that is Holy, he was a sidekick. That's what I thought. That was my story and I was sticking to it. Five issues into his solo adventure and I'm fully convinced that Bucky can carry his own series. As long as the Ed Brubaker has a Bucky story to tell I'm going to make mine Winter Soldier. Read Full Review

  • 10
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 May 18, 2012

    I LOVED this issue! Seriously! Doom + Bucky + Nick Fury = awesomeness to the third power! There's really not a bad thing I can think to say about this comic... I loved the set-up, I loved the fight scenes, I loved the dialogue, I loved everything! And you know what that means... Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson May 25, 2012

    Butch Guice’s art is, as I’ve said, a major player here. There’s a combination of '60s era comics, pulp books and modern comics all at work. Guice strives to make every panel interesting, even if its just characters talking. There’s a grace and fluidity to how Guice draws that fits the story perfectly. He understands the idea of noir and of the spy thriller and executes his art that way. When the action opens up, so does Guice. He uses a lot of cues from old war comics, such as a white panel with just a body hitting the ground as bullets hit it. The combination of that with his knack for showing movement helps elevate Winter Soldier #5 to even greater heights. This was a great arc and I look forward to more top-notch work from Brubaker and Guice. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outer Realm Comics - Winter So1dier May 17, 2012

    Lee Bermejo draws one HELL of a gun toting gorilla. However, Bucky's awkward footing and uneven use of space, coupled with overlapping the book's title take away from the overall appeal. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - shathley Q May 20, 2012

    For Brubaker to have articulated this profound drama of the curse of history, in so conventional a format as 22 pages of a monthly comicbook, is a peerless achievement. Like Hamlet or Crime and Punishment this book is not only a challenge to you, but a choice you must one day make for yourself. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Jamie Insalaco May 24, 2012

    I love Brubaker, but this is below his standards. Maybe the next arc will improve the book, but if this was anyone but Bru, I'd pack it in. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey May 16, 2012

    The same goes for Butch Guice's art. It's exactly what you would expect at this point, but nothing in this issue rises above expectations. His fights are still a little stiff and confusing, but the overall look of the book is fantastic. His Black Widow looks great, too. There is plenty to enjoy in this series, but it's time for it to kick things up a notch and become that amazing book we know it can be. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson May 22, 2012

    Butch Guice's gritty style is even darker than usual. He's adopted an inkier approach that enhances the licence-to-kill riff at play in this super-hero universe. He takes a realistic approach with the Red Ghost's apes, making them seem like a credible threat instead of something silly. But at the same time, their master is portrayed pretty much as he was in Silver Age Fantastic Four comics, which brings out the campy side of the mix here. Guice's take on Dr. Doom is quite traditional as well, but he still manages to depict him as an imposing presence. Bettie Breitweiser's colors are in keeping with the darker mood as well. This is solid genre piece, always serving as a fun diversion any time a new issue hits the stands. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp May 23, 2012

    A good conclusion of the arc that still leaves a couple of threads let unanswered. It also marks the returns of the Red Ghost's army of gorillas with machine guns (c'mon, who doesn't love that?). There's plenty of action and even an ending that gives Bucky some of his beloved solitary brooding time (along with a quick assassination at the end). No, he's certainly not Captain America anymore. Worth a look. Read Full Review

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