Lark's art is great, and I am intrigued by the story, but there was nothing this issue that really quieted my kneejerk apprehension about a "superheroine gets physically and mentally tortured and possibly unmade so her boyfriend and a bunch of other dudes can sob about it" plotline. :|a This chapter was all about Bucky's anger and his reaction. Hopefully at some point we'll see Natasha's part of the story, muddled and weird though it may be, like when Sharon Carter was with Faustus— but I can definitely see why holding off on that has some dramatic merit. (It would be really gross if Leo actually brainwashed her into being his temporary evil girlfriend like the next cover implies, but I… think I trust Brubaker not to go there, or at least not to go there without the awareness that that is extremely gross.)
There's really a huge difference between Natasha and Bucky and how their stories work even as Brubaker kind of milks all the old Marvel Russian spy stories for atmosphere. Natasha wasn't really brainwashed into her espionage career, she was manipulated, twisted into it, but it was something she still kind of chose. A rigged choice, but she was fighting for her country and she let herself believe that. Sure, they have used weird KGB mind science to convince her of her cover identity or implant command words and such. But as Winter Soldier Bucky was a brainwashed agent with occasional moments of lucidity, Natasha was a lucid agent with occasional moments of brainwashing. A lot of how their relationship has been written has focused on their similarities; I think it would be interesting to explore the differences.
I hope Leo isn't bumped off, he's a really interesting villain and makes this series a must read every month. I love Michael Lark's art, think he suits the book wonderfully.
Wake me up when it's over...
The fact that Leo's evil scheme somehow involves ballet is both intriguing and funny.
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- Homer Simpson
I love this arc. Bucky has been my favorite character since Bru brought him. back. Leo is turning into a phenomenal villain that i hope stays for a very long time. He is being set up as a Joker-esque villain that wants to mess with the hero more than dominating the world or something standard like that. This makes the stories much more interesting because the personal vendetta lets they villain mess with the hero's mind. I am really excited about where this story is going.
I really like Leo. I love that in the (first?) issue of Winter Soldier Bucky descrribed him as the guy he could never get a read on.
The personal vendetta reminds me of the Red Skull in a lot of ways. He is the most worthy arch-nemesis Bucky has had I think, so I also hope he stays around.
Edit: Oh and Lark's art is really great. Marvel haven't used him on big enough projects since Daredevil. He works particularly well with Bru - when they are together on a series something clicks in a way it doesn't when they are apart.
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Chew, Daredevil, Fatale, Mind The Gap, The Sixth Gun and The Walking Dead
What an issue! Loved it. Leo's one sick sob. Can't wait to see Bucky lose it on him. Also like what Bru's doing with Sitwell. Good stuff.
The ballerina angle feels almost cryptic. I wonder what Leo's planning with that. It almost seems psychotic in a way.
Fingers crossed to see Bucky crossing paths with this guy too...
Winter Soldier vs. Volk the Russian Werewolf!
Top 10: Hawkguy, GIJoe Cobra, The Massive, Daredevil, Wonder Woman, Fury MAX, The Black Beetle, Batman, Winter Soldier, Suicide Squad, and The Activity.
I like Lark better I think. Epting is my overall favorite though. I loved the realism the of his work in the Captain America run. It took a while for me to get used to the muted blue backgrounds and fuzzy detail.
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