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Winter Soldier #14: Review

Jan 2013
Ed Brubaker, Butch Guice

Story Name:

Black Widow Hunt: Conclusion

Review & Comments

3 stars

Winter Soldier #14 Review by (January 26, 2013)
Review: Brubaker wraps up his involvement with his signature character in a competent if undistinguished way. The real purpose of this issue is to split up Bucky and Natasha so she can be in the new Avengers titles without confusing new fans brought in by the movie. Which, by the way, is the sole reason for adding Hulk to the roster—he is the exact opposite of a team player. Again, it’s Guice who makes the issue; Brubaker has moved on. And so will we—next month, a new creative team takes over.

Comments: Final issue for Ed Brubaker, creator of the Winter Soldier, who contributes a one-page farewell to the readers. Challenge: determine why Wolverine is in this comic when he does absolutely nothing. Answer: because Wolverine.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Winter Soldier #14 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Searching for Leo Novokov and the brainwashed Black Widow, Captain America and Hawkeye capture Novokov’s weapons maker Marvin Martin as he tries to leave the country and learn that he has created a massive bomb for his employer. At SHIELD HQ, the heroes determine three possible points around Washington for the terrorist to plant his device and split up to check out each spot. Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier, intuits that he strike zone will be Arlington National Cemetery and heads there to rescue his beloved Natasha. Arriving at the gate he discovers a murdered guard and radios Cap for aid; Cap then alerts the other team members to rendezvous there. Bucky is attacked the Widow and he fires at her knowing she will dodge easily but it will get her out of the way while he targets Novokov. Dodging his two enemies Bucky finally gets the drop on the villain just as his arriving teammates flash spotlights on the area. The Widow distracts Bucky long enough for Novokov to get up—but he takes Natasha hostage, surprising her. The standoff is tense but Hawkeye puts an arrow in Novokov’s leg and Bucky shoots him down. The rescued Widow does not recognize her lover….

The villain survives and is placed in custody, and SHIELD scientists are able to restore Natasha’s memories—all except one. She is unable to recall anyone named James Barnes. Cap assures him that there are a lot more they can try but Bucky declines: he doesn’t want her head messed with anymore…and she’s better off without him. As the Winter Soldier heads off into the night, he faces a life of pain and heartbreak but consoles himself that Natasha will not be in the same situation ….

Butch Guice
Brian Thies
Jordie Bellaire
Daniel Acuna (Cover Penciler)
Daniel Acuna (Cover Inker)
Daniel Acuna (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Bucky Barnes
Bucky Barnes

(James Barnes)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Clint Barton)
Winter Soldier
Winter Soldier

(Bucky Barnes)

(James Howlett)

Plus: Leo Novokov.

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