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Winter Soldier: The Bitter March #2 - The Bitter March Part 2 Review

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The Winter Soldier's mission continues and it's definitely a case of no more Mr. Nice Guy.

The Good

I think most will agree that the evolution and resurrection of Bucky Barnes into the Winter Soldier was a brilliantly executed plan. While we've previously seen his struggle to overcome his brainwashing, we didn't get to see too much of his time as the actual Winter Soldier. Rick Remender is taking us back to 1966 to see Bucky in a way we're not used to.

Nick Fury and Agent Ran Shen were attempting to bring two Nazi scientists into U.S. custody. This was interrupted by the arrival of the Winter Soldier. What we have now is Agent Shen trying to complete his mission plus try to stay alive. Seeing Winter Soldier show no mercy is disturbing, as it should be.

It's comics like this that show us there is still a lot of the Marvel history we haven't seen. There's something really appealing about being able to see a S.H.I.E.L.D. mission that was previously unseen. With the sliding timescale in comics, it's also really cool to see what the Marvel landscape was before all the heroes hit the streets.

I'm digging Roland Boschi's art on this series. It fits the story and time period nicely. It's not over the top or in your face but you do get a sense that this is taking place in the 60s.

The Bad

It would be probably be weird considering his frame of mind, but there's still a slightly strange sense over having the series really focus more on Shen than Bucky. There's a strange poetic justice as well as we know where Shen will end up (in the current issues of CAPTAIN AMERICA). I am intrigued to see Shen's journey but he's not the reason I'm picking up this series.

The Verdict

If you're looking to see the Winter Soldier in action before Captain America became aware of his existence, this is the series for you. Rick Remender is fleshing out his past along with S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Ran Shen, who has a big role in the current CAPTAIN AMERICA series. Roland Boschi is setting up the landscape Rememnder's script requires for the Marvel Universe in the 60s. While it makes perfect sense to not have the series focus on Winter Solider's viewpoint, it would be nice to see more of him in the comic. If you're a fan of the Winter Soldier arc, you won't want to miss seeing this action.

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Posted by Xwraith

I wanted to read this, but I dropped it after the first issue for price reasons.

Edited by MixMastaMicah5

@xwraith: check it out when it's collected, this series is surprisingly really well done and I wish it got more attention.

I like how Remender is handling the Winter Soldier as a force of nature, the flashbacks are more interesting that way. The art is gorgeous as well, very kinetic.

Posted by AweSam

Is this good? I really want to get into a Bucky title.

Edited by Xwraith

@awesam: In that case, you should read the 2011-13 Winter Soldier book - but stop at Brubaker's last issue.

Posted by AweSam

@xwraith said:

@awesam: In that case, you should read the 2011-13 Winter Soldier book - but stop at Brubaker's last issue.

I'm looking for an on-going, but if I get into it, then I'll probably end up picking up older titles, so, thanks for the recommendation.

Edited by Xwraith

@awesam said:

@xwraith said:

@awesam: In that case, you should read the 2011-13 Winter Soldier book - but stop at Brubaker's last issue.

I'm looking for an on-going, but if I get into it, then I'll probably end up picking up older titles, so, thanks for the recommendation.

That one was an ongoing.

Posted by AweSam

@xwraith said:

@awesam said:

@xwraith said:

@awesam: In that case, you should read the 2011-13 Winter Soldier book - but stop at Brubaker's last issue.

I'm looking for an on-going, but if I get into it, then I'll probably end up picking up older titles, so, thanks for the recommendation.

That one was an ongoing.

Edited by Xwraith

@awesam said:

@xwraith said:

@awesam said:

@xwraith said:

@awesam: In that case, you should read the 2011-13 Winter Soldier book - but stop at Brubaker's last issue.

I'm looking for an on-going, but if I get into it, then I'll probably end up picking up older titles, so, thanks for the recommendation.

That one was an ongoing.

So you want an ongoing that features Bucky and is currently running? The only book I know that fits that description is All-New Invaders.

Posted by AweSam

@xwraith: Is Bitter March not an on-going?

Posted by Xwraith

@awesam: No, it's a five-part miniseries.

Posted by AweSam

@xwraith: I assumed they just rebooted his series. I'll pick these up and then check out your recommendation.

Edited by War Killer

This series is sorely lacking enough Winter Soldier in it to justify his name being in the title. I understand that he's technically the "villain" in this mini-series, but the lack of actual focus on Bucky and instead focusing on Shen is quite annoying and feels like a rip-off for the readers who are only reading this series for Winter Soldier action.

Posted by andreww154

To me this is really great title fully of super classy spy intrigue. I'm loving the art style and amazing covers. As a big fan of Remender's current Captain America run, its great to see the subtle and not-so-subtle ways the titles are tied together.

Posted by amaltheias

This series is sorely lacking enough Winter Soldier in it to justify his name being in the title. I understand that he's technically the "villain" in this mini-series, but the lack of actual focus on Bucky and instead focusing on Shen is quite annoying and feels like a rip-off for the readers who are only reading this series for Winter Soldier action.

Couldn't have said it better myself.