Not surprisingly, with the latest ‘Captain America’ trailer showcasing his upcoming cinematic opponent, ‘The Winter Soldier’, Marvel is looking to both capitalize on this publicity as well as raise the character’s visibility by releasing a new ‘Winter Soldier’ miniseries.
It wouldn’t be the first time the character has headlined a book. He served as Captain America during the time that Steve Rogers was “dead” following ‘Civil War’ and also headlined his own series for a while. The new book, written by Rick Remender and drawn by Roland Boschi, is subtitled ‘The Bitter March’ and will take place during the character’s “lost years” before he made his first appearance in the modern Marvel Universe. (Well, I should probably say his “return” appearance.) The book will last for five issues.
If you are unfamiliar with the character in the comics, but don’t want to know too many SPOILERS from the movie, you may not want to read any further.
In the comics, The Winter Soldier is a killer and spy trained by the Russian government and who eventually runs afoul of Captain America. After their initial meeting, Cap is horrified to discover that the assassin is none other than his former partner James “Bucky” Barnes whom he believed had died in the 1940s during what ended up being Cap’s last mission in that decade, before being frozen and later rescued by The Avengers.
‘The Bitter March’ will depict The Winter Soldier during the time that he was working for the Russian government. As Remender explains, “I think that, for me, that was when the character was the most interesting and it’s not entirely explored. This is a look at who he was [over] many decades during the Cold War as well as establishing what a proficient and terrifying spy/assassin he was and is, and at the same time, to set up a lot of what I’m going to be doing in [the ongoing ‘Captain America’ series] with him.”
The book will arrive in February, just in time to coincide with the release of ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ which hits theaters on April 4th.
Are you a fan of The Winter Soldier? Will you be picking up his new miniseries?