Winter Soldier #1
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Winter Soldier #1

Writer: Ed Brubaker Artist: Butch Guice Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 1, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 7
8.6Critic Rating
9.4User Rating

When ex-Russian Sleeper Agents awaken, Winter Solider and Black Widow head into action!

  • 10
    Flip Geeks - Earl Maghirang Feb 3, 2012

    I'm spoiling it now, I'm giving this book a perfect score not just because of the good art and the potentially awesome plot but because it really did exceed my expectation. And maybe because the new Winter Soldier is so much of a far cry from Brubaker's last story arc using Bucky (yeah, I'm talking about that whole Russian Gulag arc). Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jan 30, 2012

    Ed Brubaker laid out the groundwork for this new direction for Bucky. Getting "killed" during FEAR ITSELF was the best thing that could have happened. His time as Captain America was a great read but after his years as the Winter Soldier, espionage should now be where he excels. With a story that started in the pages of CAPTAIN AMERICA, Bucky (along with Black Widow at his side) are on the hunt for other sleeper agents he helped train. The colorful costumes are gone and now it's time to go undercover. We should be visiting new and different areas in the Marvel Universe. Brubaker is joined by the perfect creative team with Butch Guice and Bettie Breitweiser perfectly capturing the mood this book deserves. The series is off to a great start and if you're not already sold on this direction, you will be by the time you finish the first issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Entertainment Fuse - Sean Elks Feb 5, 2012

    Winter Soldier is a perfect addition to the newly emerging Captain America franchise and the true successor to Brubaker's first volume of Captain America. Anyone who enjoyed that should be down for this series. It has the same intelligence and style. Bucky's hunt for the hidden Soviet sleeper agents is off to a great start, and I already think I may be looking at one of my favorite titles of the year. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Feb 3, 2012

    Besides, I know Lee Bermejo's bad ass cover had you at "hello". Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Feb 2, 2012

    Winter Soldier is without a doubt in a capable set creative hands and I can't wait to see what Brubaker and Guice have in store for us. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Jamie Insalaco Feb 3, 2012

    The art by Butch Guice, colors by Bettie Breitweiser and covers by Lee Bermejo are all outstanding – the tone is consistent through the images and writing and it all comes together beautifully. If you've read any of my reviews or comments before, you know I don't easily give out praise – so when I take this moment to encourage you to go out and buy this book, you know I mean it. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Outer Realm Comics - DeShawn Feb 1, 2012

    This cover by Lee Bermejo basically tells the life story of Bucky Barnes. It's visually appealing and very action oriented but Bucky comes off as more of a hulking beast rather than a stealthy super-spy. Gabriele Dell'Otto's variant cover is nothing short of amazing, portraying Bucky as every bit of the super-spy that he is. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Following The Nerd - Jake Tanner Feb 14, 2014

    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 Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Meylikhov Feb 2, 2012

    As time goes on, I think you'll find the success of Winter Soldier is less “Joey off of Friends” but more “Fraiser off of Cheers” — a smartly written book that exists properly in tandem with its original source material that is just as entertaining, if not better. It's been a long wait, but Winter Soldier feels as fresh and exciting as Brubaker's first Captain America story in 2004 that introduced the concept behind the character, and this is easily Marvel's first Can't Miss New Series of the year. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 30, 2012

    This series may resurrect a lot of familiar elements from earlier in Brubaker's run, but it also manages to blaze its own trail as well. The wait was well worth it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Feb 7, 2012

    I really enjoyed this issue, though it may not be for everyone - it's a bit on the grim and gritty side. But the story takes a surprising turn at the end, and it's going to be interesting to see what happens next, as a major supervillain appears to be entering the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Feb 5, 2012

    Like many, I saw Winter Soldier #1 as a tryout from Brubaker and Guice to try to sell me on the series as a whole. At issue's end, I'm definitely sold. The story's engaging, the action is thrilling, and the art is perfect. This is a great start, and I will be back to see what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Feb 6, 2012

    If you are going to launch a new series you better go big or go home. That is exactly what Ed Brubaker and Butch Guice do with Winter Soldier #1. Brubaker sets the espionage tone the series is going to have from page 1 and never stops. This first issue does everything right as we get inside of Bucky Barnes head to see how he ticks and how an efficient fighter the character is. With the inclusion of Black Widow as Buckys partner and Red Ghost as the villain of the story things should continue to get interesting in Buckys world. If you are looking for a superhero title with a 007-feel or were a fan of Brubakers initial run on Captain America then I highly recommend picking up Winter Soldier #1. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Feb 3, 2012

    My only trepidation is the art from Butch Guice. Don’t get me wrong, the man is a master artist and kicks ass at what he does, but it feels off in this issue. Too busy at times, a little too melodramatic at others but mostly way too dark. I understand the noir aspect of the story and the dark themes, but the abuse of shading and blue undertones detracts from the tale. I’m sure in a few issues I’ll get used to it but for this first jaunt into the world of Winter Soldier it didn’t work for me. My nitpicking aside, Winter Soldier is another gem from Ed Brubaker and another step in making Bucky Barnes just as interesting and iconic as his red, white and blue partner. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Stash My Comics - Leo Johnson Feb 7, 2013

    I'd never read Winter Soldier before, but this was a treat. It's a bit like Captain America with guns and a dark past. That is, it's pretty great. Bucky has a chip on his shoulder and everyone knows it. The story and art give you a great feel for the character. It was a fun sort of spy-thriller comic with plenty of great action sequences. Perfect for someone trying to jump into Marvel characters that haven't featured heavily into movies (I know Bucky was in the Captain America movie, but I stand by my point). Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Feb 1, 2012

    In many ways, "Winter Soldier" #1 picks up right where the previous volume of "Captain America" left off. Brubaker and his artistic collaborators know these characters so well, they don't miss a beat. There's a noticable shift from the bright and shiny blockbuster action of superhero comics to the shadowy world of espionage, but fans of the Brubaker-invigorated Bucky Barnes will no doubt love this. Finally, the Winter Soldier has his own series, and it's everything you'd hope for. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    iFanboy - Jim Mroczkowski Jan 31, 2012

    All in all, it's nice to have the Winter Soldier back. Fans of his heyday will not be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Feb 6, 2012

    Thankfully there is some action mixed in (including a Russian-speaking gorilla with a machine gun) that helps move the story along. I'm a bit surprised how much Brubaker gives away in the first issue, but with so much heavy lifting done here, I'm expecting issue #2 to get right to business. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Feb 3, 2012

    I liked this book but didn't fall in love with it. Mostly because I felt like too much of this story had been told in a similar flavor in the pages of Captain America. Sure, the details are different but for the most part I felt like I had already read this book. This doesn't mean it isn't a good work because it is. I am also sure that this book will take twists that previous arcs never took which is what you come to expect from Brubaker. I think if you enjoyed Brubaker's stories of Bucky before and you like spy stories then this is the book for you. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Feb 2, 2012

    The story is good and worth the read; you are just going to have to get over the art that goes with it. I know the cover was a different artist and if the art in the book was consistent with the cover it would have worked. I'm hoping Marvel can put a different artist, or at least a more consistent one, to keep this story going. I hate to say it, but you can have a good story in comic but it won't do well if the art doesn't fit. This is definitely one of the better stories put out by Marvel and yes, I'll still be picking up #2. Read Full Review

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