Winter Soldier #2

Writer: Ed Brubaker Artist: Butch Guice Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 15, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 6
8.0Critic Rating
9.4User Rating

Bucky and Black Widow on the hunt for men trained by the Winter Soldier himself! Who is trying to kill Dr. Doom? Also featuring - talking gorillas! Yeah, you heard me.

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Feb 15, 2012

    People buy comics for different reasons. If you dig Bucky and Black Widow, you need to get this issue. If you follow creators and love Brubaker's writing, Butch Guice's art or Bettie Breitweiser's colored art, you need to get this issue. If you love stories with an element of espionage mixed with superheroes, you need to get this issue. Bottom line, if you enjoy quality comics filled with fun and excitement, you're going to find that WINTER SOLDIER will easily rise to the top of your reading list. This is the story that Brubaker's been setting up for years. We've seen the seeds of the hidden sleeper agents back in the pages of CAPTAIN AMERICA and now Bucky (and Black Widow) are on the trail. Bucky feels responsible for having helped train them (while he was brainwashed) plus the safety of the world is at stake. If you haven't already, track down the first issue (it was on sale two weeks ago). WINTER SOLDIER is the perfect meshing of the superhero and spy genre. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Feb 19, 2012

    A book that has the Red Ghost as one of its villains shouldn't be this good, but don't tell Brubaker and Guice, because what they don't know won't stop them from making amazing comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outer Realm Comics - DeShawn Feb 15, 2012

    Bucky and Natasha embrace the cover with every ounce of their awesomeness as Lee Bermejo delivers on a completely different level. It embodies every bit of noir and espionage present in this issue to a tee. Covers can't get much sexier than this. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Jamie Insalaco Feb 22, 2012

    Still, Winter Soldier remains a fun read even if this issue ends up being forgettable in the long run. It's clear Brubaker has a master plan and knows exactly where he's leading us, and right now I'll need to be patient as we continue to move there. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Erik Norris Feb 15, 2012

    Outside my minor gripe about the artwork, Winter Solider #2 is another success. The story is obviously building towards something huge, and Brubaker's character work is spot on. If you haven't already, buy into this book while it's still young. Otherwise, you'll be missing something great. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Feb 20, 2012

    It's not an easy endeavor since they have to get back a 500 lb gorilla with a 50 caliber machine gun and a jet pack. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Feb 17, 2012

    The simple fact is, Brubaker still has good stories to tell with this character, and his ascension to and hard fall from the role of Captain America has only added depth to Bucky's fallen angel appeal. The use of the Black Widow is probably going to get harder and harder to justify, what with the new movie making her ubiquitous, but right now having James and Natalia as seemingly the only stable couple in the Marvel Universe makes their partnership even more entertaining. Winter Soldier #2 is a very strong follow-up to James Barnes' extended run as Captain America, delivering action, thrills and spycraft with some fine visuals, earning 4 out of 5 stars overall. I would say that, if you're holding the awfulness of the end of Fear Itself against this book, you're missing a pretty decent ride... Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Feb 20, 2012

    "Winter Soldier" #2 is packed with a bracing plot, great character development and moody appropriate visuals, making for a great read. The second issue doesn't quite match the bar set by the first but is still a good book poised to be a great series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Examiner - Anthony Schultz Feb 20, 2012

    Even if you were frustrated with the conclusion of Fear Itself and its subsequent point issues check Winter Soldier out"it's worth the gander. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Alex Curtis Jan 2, 2019

    Kyle Higgins and Rod Reis aren't messing around and continue giving Bucky an efficient, suspenseful tale worthy of the noir-flavored character. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Feb 16, 2012

    This is less a second issue of a new series and feels more like it should be the continuation the more interesting aspects of Brubaker's Captain America, namely the redemption of a good man who was made to do bad things. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Mar 3, 2012

    It's also nice to see Butch Guice handling this title character along with Brubaker. His gritty style suits the nastier side of the characters and plot, and his work brings a visual consistency to James Barnes' larger, 21st-century story. The one aspect of the art that doesn't quite work for me are the scenes featuring Jasper Sitwell, or to be more precise, the digital displays he uses to illustrate his points. The hazy, digital displays aren't easy to make out, and the use of bright, intrusive colors to set those elements apart interferes with the overall dark style. Lee Bermejo's cover image is certainly in keeping with the moody intensity established inside the comic, but it's such a divergence from the look Guice brings to the story that it seems like a poor fit. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    PopMatters - shathley Q Feb 22, 2012

    The “dirty work” that Brubaker presents us with, is not the dirty work envisioned by Tom Clancy and writers of his generation. This isn't sanctioned military incursions on foreign soil where the President is shielded with plausible deniability. This isn't predawn raids into some third-world somewhere. The dirty work is the underside of rapid progress of technology, its the putting down of the things that hold us back. In Brubaker's hands, Bucky enters into the greats of literary characterization. Because he is wholly without the capacity to imagine the redemption he so ardently seeks. What would it look like? What would it look like if Bucky finally learns to let go of the past and learns to love again? But for Bucky there is only the precious now, threatened to be engulfed by a past that has long ago outlived its usefulness, a past that now threatens what tomorrows might come. This is A Touch of Evil, not The Dirty Dozen. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Feb 22, 2012

    The comic is still worth a look but I think once writer Ed Brubaker can spend less time on set-up and let the stories flow more naturally I'll be happier with the result. Worth a look. Read Full Review

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