Guest Reviews: Winter Soldier #13

Black Widow Hunt, Part 4


Solicit


Part 4 of WIDOW HUNT!

Who's hunting the hunter?!

Preview





Reviews

Taking Bucky Down Original Review by Johnkmccubbin91 at Comic Vine


I have been loving this series and it's one of my favorite Marvel series. I've always liked the Bucky Barnes since Ed Brubaker reintroduced him in Winter Soldier, and have enjoyed reading his tales even more now he's got his own series, with his own name on the cover (unlike when he was the main character in Captain America).

Plot

This issue sees Bucky, who has been brainwashed to obey Leo Novokov, attack Daredevil, trying to kill him. Wolverine, Hawkeye, and Captain America follow trying with Wolverine and Hawkeye trying to stop him.

Review

Daredevil vs. Bucky
This was a brilliant issue and Brubaker continues his amazing work on this series. I think Brubaker's best work has came out of this character, and it's easy to notice why. When he started Captain America the first story arc brought Bucky back into the Marvel Universe, and he's been a strong part ever since, even becoming Captain America himself during it. Once Bucky apparently died and got this series the new Captain America series wasn't as good. Brubaker did however create a brilliant series in this though, which has been brilliant. I will however say that this isn't the best issue I've read in this series, and is perhaps the worst. It's still a very good issue, and that shows just how good a series this has been when this great issue is the worst in the series. I've found it interesting seeing Bucky back under mind control, but although I liked this in this issue I felt it moved too quickly, and I didn't get chance to savor any of the moments.

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Let's go find our girl! Original Review by Tomlikesfries at Comic Vine

Winter Soldier has to be one the greatest titles Marvel is putting up right now. Thankfully, it wasn't cancelled for the Marvel NOW! reboot, but, unfortunately, as you may or may not know, Brubaker is about to conclude his run on the series with the fifteenth issue. Well, that's absolutely bad. I don't think any writer could do better or even equal what Ed has done in this title. He gives this comic series a special touch to it, that makes it feel like we're watching a movie. It's full of surprises, and the villain is brilliant. He's unpredictable, so you don't know where he'll strike next, which makes this series superb.

In this issue we see a brainwashed Bucky Barnes, who desires to kill Daredevil. There's an awesome fight between the two men, which actually steals the issue. Well, that's a bit of a problem. While the clash of heroes was certainly intriguing, it takes most of the issue, which makes the pacing a bit slow. To be honest, that's how the series itself has been so far, taking it all nice and slow, but since the next number concludes the story arc, I wanted to see more stuff happening in this one. Throughout the fight we see Captain America's monologue, which sets a fine tone to the battle.

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What I Thought


See the Review Rating Overview page for more information on how I rate each comic.

Cover & Solicit - 4/5
Art, Colors & Inking - 3/5
Layout & Flow - 4/5
Story - 4/5
Verdict - 3.7


This arc has been hit and miss for me. I really like the espionage feel and the pacing, but sometimes it has been all over the place and a little hard to follow. The art for this title isn't my favorite. They appear to be going for a dark gritty feel but to me it comes of lazy. This issue was fun to see Bucky take on some of Marvel's top guns; Wolverine, Daredevil, Hawkeye and Captain America, and individually they were unable to take him out. The next issue is the conclusion of the arc and I can't wait to see how things turn out.


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John McCubbin is a blogger at http://imaginationcentre.blogspot.co.uk/. John and Tom are both comic book reviewers at Comic Vine. The use of the reviews have been authorized by the original authors.

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