What do you do when the love of your life forgets you even exist? Some would tell you to see a doctor that could remove her memory from your mind, but that could have side effects. Like most people in this situation Bucky Barns A.K.A The Winter Soldier decides to drink her away, and when you drink you dwell on the past. Nick Fury on the other hand knows exactly how to handle something of this magnitude, GET YOUR @## BACK TO WORK. Making Bucky an offer he could not refuse Nick Fury sets The Winter Soldier loose on S.H.I.E.L.DÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s list of lives The Winter Soldier has ruined. With redemption on his mind Bucky gets back to want heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s good at, and uncovers the darker side of Hydra.
Winter Soldier 15 feels like the new step-mother that married your father after the divorce. There are moments when there real good to you and you start to warm up to them and then they stab you in the back. This comic book broke my heart. It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Ed BrubakerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s writing but I had high hope for this new team. To my dismay this issue was colossal let down. After the amazing run of Brubaker pioneering this title, Jason Latour seemed to be attempting to copy BrubakerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s style. I was really hoping for a new direction from this creative team but it seems as if LatourÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s desire is an economy impersonation of what we have grown to love. The dialogue in this issue is amateur at best. Everything in this comic book felt out of place. The Winter Soldier crying in bar, Nick Fury coming in with a morality speech, and even the S.H.I.E.L.D undercover operative in Hydra with a potty mouth was uncomfortably awkward.
Even more awkward is the art in this issue. The Inker in this went way overboard with his sharpie. Every line inked is exaggeratedly hard. It appears as if artist Nic Klien is trying to achieve a noir aesthetic that fails in more ways than one. Nothing in this issue is cohesive or was the least bit entertaining. Winter Soldier issue 15 was a massive disappointment to me.
I was really hoping that this new creative team would bring the character of Bucky Barns to new literary and artistic heights. Fortunately there are still many issues left to change my mind. I give Winter Soldier #15 a 5 out of 10. Not as good as it should be.
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