by Dylan Duarte, CMRO Contributing Writer
Written by Jason LaTour, Art by Nic Klein
Published: April 2013
It’s a sad day for this Ed Brubaker fan, as Winter Soldier #14 was his last issue. I first discovered Brubaker’s work when he started on Captain America a few years back and I’ve been a big fan ever since. Fortunately, Jason Latour, whom I want to snarkily refer to as “the new guy,” does a more than commendable job picking up where Brubaker left off. To be honest, I actually enjoyed this issue more than I enjoyed the last few of Brubaker’s last arc, but to be fair, Brubaker deserves just as much credit as Latour for leaving Bucky in the situation he’s in now.
The Winter Soldier is a mess and the only way Nick Fury can get him to come back to the team is to give him someone just as messed up as he is. Nick enlists Bucky’s help pulling out a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who, after thirty years undercover as a Hydra operative, went berserk and murdered a handful of Hydra leaders. The man is tied into Bucky’s past, which is what spurs Bucky into action.
It’s only been one issue since the incident with Black Widow, but this seems to be a much more interesting Winter Soldier than before. This is a man ruined in the worst way possible and he seems to only be able to interact with people just as damaged as himself. The Winter Soldier has never been the squeaky clean type, and it feels like he can cross the line into full-blown anti-hero. I don’t think that’s necessarily going to happen, but just feeling that it’s a possibility is exciting. I’m very interested to see where Kids with Guns goes and I’m hoping that Latour can do Brubaker’s title justice. This is a very promising start.