Captain America: Winter Soldier
Ed Brubaker (Writer)
Steve Epting/Michael Lark (Pencillers)
Review by Steve Henderson
While I am not typically a fan of Captain America in comics. I decided to review this book since it is our choice for the Between the Panels book club this week. I have also heard positive reviews of this story from our customers when the issues were originally released, which led me into this story with hope for a good evening of reading.
This story focuses on Captain America dealing with his past. If you go into this without a basic understanding of the character, you may be left with questions as "who is (Red Skull, Nomad, Crossbones, Falcon....)?" During the first half of the book a series of flashback dream sequences, we learn about his past connection to a character named Bucky. This comes around later in the story.
Later in the story, Captain America is coming to grips with his friend potentially being an enemy. This half of the story uses the standard America defending against terrorists theme. In the end Captain America must make the decision to kill or try and find another solution.
Overall, the book was nicely illustrated, particularly the sections by Steve Epting. The overall pace of the story was fairly slow and there wasn't a lot of showcase for the characters behind the mask. If you have an interest in the inspiration for the new Captain America movie, then this book is very much a must read. If you are looking for a book to introduce a new fan to the character of Captain America, this book may not be the best starting point, because, though it has a reasonably interesting story, there is a lot of back story elements that are hinted at, but not fully explained and may leave a reader wondering what is going on or why they should care.