So Black Widow is ageless, right? I’m not missing something. Brubaker uses her to interesting effect in Winter Soldier. While she’s technically the sidekick, she’s more a supporting girlfriend character. The comic is so much in Bucky’s head, there’s not really room to share it with a sidekick.
The story’s good Marvel Brubaker; a modern approach to an old story, one with some unexpected villains. But it’s not surprising, even with the big reveal at the end.
What is surprising is the artwork. Guice toggles between these intricate action panels and these photo-like close ups. It causes a pause every time, which is another contributor towards Widow not being a full partner in the book. Bucky–and Guice–concentrate on her as a subject.
Not much happens, but Brubaker’s pace is fantastic. Between his thoughtful, deliberate Bucky narration and Guice and colorist Bettie Breitweiser’s jaw dropping art, Soldier excels.
The Longest Winter, Part One; writer, Ed Brubaker; artist, Butch Guice; colorist, Bettie Breitweiser; letterer, Joe Caramagna; editor, Lauren Sankovitch, John Denning and Tom Breevort; publisher, Marvel Comics.