As anyone who has read and enjoyed Winter Soldier knows, Ed Brubaker will be stepping off the title after issue 14 after revitalizing the character 8 years ago. We found out about a month ago that Jason Latour will be taking over the writing duties, and Nic Klein was just announced as the artist for the book. Both of these people are pretty obscure with the Big 2 compared to the likes of Brubaker, Guice, Lark, Breitweiser, and Epting/Bermejo on the covers. Even with this vast amount of talent, the book still struggled to sell above the low to mid 30K copies a month. Do you think that the title will be able to continue to stay afloat with the less recognizable talent at the helm?
They seem to have some interesting ideas. They mention that he is going to have to deal with his actions as both a US soldier in WW2 and as the Winter Soldier. He will have to figure out where Bucky Barnes ends and the Winter Soldier begins. As most new things in the comic world, they said it would be 'Dark.' While I usually don't think that it is a necessary trend for everything to be dark and gritty, I think that it does fit this book. Brubaker seems to be leading him to a heartbreaking conclusion in his run so it will continue the tone of the book.
Klein is most recognizable for his recent work on Dancer. A look at some at that art looks like he is somewhat comparable to Lark in his style which is a good thing. He did do a drawing for Bucky that is on the CBR link above that is good but seems a little messed up in the face. It looks like he is in between crying and going the bathroom.
I still have hopes for this book after Brubaker leaves because it has been my favorite book of the year. Is anyone else going to keep with it and/or excited about the change in creative teams.