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Marvel’s Winter Soldier #2

Here is part two of the miniseries that will explore more of the redemption that Bucky Barnes can offer to those who want to walk away from past mistakes and bad choices.  Writer Kyle Higgins and artist Rod Reis have chosen the perfect character that understands what it means to wake up in a life that you didn’t want to end up the way it did, but can also find a way to change it.  Issue 1 did a great job of setting up the key players as Bucky is the field agent who goes in to help the person escape their situation, while Tony Stark and Sharon Carter help him with information, finances, and tech repair.

This issue continues the firefight that new character R.J. has caused from Bucky’s latest client meet up.  The opening with R.J. showing some of his secret origin is painting a very bleak world and I like how Rod Reis’ illustrations show that with his use of color.  Here we see how Mr. Colt has a hand in getting R.J. to be trained as an assassin.  I like how it almost can be seen as a parallel to Bucky’s new origin as a young soldier in WWII.  I enjoyed how the creative gave us enough of a taste and then tease us with the next issue blurb about digging deeper into R.J.’s past.  

Kyle Higgins has shown a great growth in the character of Bucky, this is a side of him that I am enjoying and really appreciate how he genuinely wants to help others live a better life of peace.  The part where Bucky has R.J. and questions him was great, but it really sold me the minute Bucky asked R.J. if he liked killing.  R.J.’s answer is so pure and direct that it is going to be scary when we see next issue’s reveal of the past.  This is a great miniseries and I’m glad to see the Winter Soldier back in action with the use of Higgins’ writing this could be a great launch point for Bucky.  I highly recommend and give it 5 out of 5 vibranium arms.  Go to your local comic shop and see if you can pick up issue 1 and 2, very fun ride or mentor ship and redemption, Read on and Excelsior!

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