Next up, the last review I'll be posting for the night, Winter Soldier. Tomorrow I plan on posting two reviews(Wolverine and Journey Into Mystery), but I'll probably have them posted a little later than usual. But rest assured, they WILL be posted! Eventually...
Winter Soldier #4:
Summary: With Bucky managing to (barely)convince Dr. Doom that Lucia Von Bardas was trying to start a war between Latveria and the US, Bucky and Doom head to the location of the international incident Von Bardas was planning... The UN Building. As for Black Widow, she is still trying to track down Von Bardas's assistant, the Red Ghost. Doom manages to arrive at the UN Building and attacks his Doombot before it can carry out the orders Von Bardas had programmed into it, while Bucky is forced to fight one of the Soviet Sleeper agents Von Bardas had working with the Doombot to pull off her plan. Doom defeats his Doombot, while Bucky ends up defeating the Sleeper, but in doing so the Sleeper accidentally manages to kill himself. Before the Sleeper dies though, he tells Bucky that Von Bardas's plans were still moving forward since the attack at the UN was actually just some misdirection... This issue ends with Von Bardas and the Red Ghost entering Latveria and gaining access to the site of Dr. Doom's nuclear missiles(!).
Thoughts: I have to say, I found myself really enjoying this comic, but a lot of that had to do with Doom... I'm telling you, dialogue-wise, Doom is probably my favorite character in all of comics. It would be between Doom and Thor, but I think Doom would take the prize. Anyway, Besides the awesomeness that is Victor Von Doom, the story moved along nicely here. I liked that Von Bardas's plan wasn't simply to stage an assassination at the UN, but was to actually gain access to Latveria's nuclear arsenal and use it against America. Sure, her plan banked on a lot of events outside her influence occurring(such as Doom not being in Latveria), but overlooking that, I liked where Ed Brubaker took this story. The next issue is apparently the final part of this storyline, and it should go without saying I'm REALLY curious to see what happens and how Bucky and/or the Black Widow manage to prevent Von Bardas's nuclear attack.
Score: 8 out of 10.
The insults Doom hurls at his Doombot in this issue are just plain epic.