Few do comic book spy stories like Ed Brubaker. That is why his first issues of Secret Avengers and, of course, Captain America were so enjoyable.
Now comes Winter Soldier #6 and this second story arc for Bucky is full of revenge plots, assassins, secret spy cells – and no gorillas with guns in sight! In short, Brubaker is back in his own yard and I couldn’t be happier!
This mystery involving the final sleeper agent in San Francisco is woven so tight and precisely by the writer it actually causes me physical pain when I remember the news of him leaving Secret Avengers, a title of which I was most fond under Brubaker. No one does a mystery like this man in comics, and Winter Solider #6 shows it.
Also taking place in the spotlight is the great work of Daredevil’s own Michael Lark. The art this guy puts out here is phenomenal, capturing every nuance of Brubaker’s script. Teamed with the brilliant palette of colorist Bettie Breitweiser, some of these pages would make great wallpaper. This team knows how to do a flashback!
This is the strong beginning this book needed. The fact that we had to wait five issues seems little matter when added to the whole.