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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel - US (3 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785144404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785144403
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 0.6 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bull316 on 6 Feb. 2013
Format: Paperback
Winter Soldier is a continuation of Ed Brubaker's Captain America run and is brilliant. This book provides a new direction for Bucky Barnes and starts to look at the ramifications of the life he lead as the Winter Soldier. I found the more spy thriller aspect of the book fun and it gives some interesting insight into characters that could have become second tier very quickly.

in addition to Brubakers excellent writing, this book is boosted by some excellent art and colours. it has a very distinctive feel and each page is worth spending some time just looking at it to take in all the detail.

Overall I would highly recommend this book and for people to go out and get the monthly issues.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kate Phillips on 19 Nov. 2013
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The Longest Winter marks the return of Bucky Barnes to the role of Winter Soldier after a brief stint as Captain America. To be honest I am quite happy to see him back out of the red, white and blue and into something a little darker. Bucky Barnes has always been a favourite of mine so this series is a must own for me as we get to explore the consequences of his varied past in a little more detail.

For the most part I was not disappointed in this but I would have liked a little more. Despite my love for Bucky he can at times come across a little bland and that was a bit of an issue here. He wasn't interesting enough which was a shame as there was room for a little more depth. I had hoped that him partnering with Black Widow in this series would blow my mind as she is another comic book character I adore but I was disappointed to see her reduced to a love interest that did little to further the plot. She came across as a love sick side kick and that is not where I want this character to go at all.

Despite some issues with characterisation I really did enjoy the political thriller nature of this comic. The storyline was interesting and did give us more of a glimpse into the past of The Winter Soldier. It was gripping from beginning to end but really came into its own when Dr Doom showed up, he had personality in spades and some of the brightest moments in this comic came from him.

The illustration was top notch and I really enjoyed the dark setting of the whole thing. All in all it was a good start to what has the potential to be an awesome series. I hope that in the future we see a little more depth to Bucky's character and a little more exploration of his past.

Very entertaining but lacking in depth, The Longest Winter packs some punch but needs more characterisation to become great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 100 REVIEWER on 31 May 2013
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In the wake of Fear Itself, Captain America/Bucky Barnes "dies" and Steve Rogers becomes the one true Captain America. Except of course Bucky's not dead and has instead once more adopted the Winter Soldier persona he used during the Cold War when he was a brainwashed Russian operative. He wants another shot at redemption so heads off with his returning memories to right more wrongs from the bad old days.

The Longest Winter is a pretty dull book. Bucky's not the most fascinating character for his own title and was only really interesting when facing Cap in The Winter Soldier book that re-introduced him to the modern Marvel Universe. Teamed up with another bland character, Black Widow, and you've got a boringly overcomplicated and uninvolving espionage story with nukes and a plot to assassinate Doctor Doom.

I appreciate Butch Guice's artwork is well put-together but I didn't like it much here - the inks were too heavy and the book overall felt too dark and grim by far. The style reminded me of a less brilliant Lee Bermejo - who actually draws the amazing covers to this mini-series.

Ed Brubaker's written better books than this. The Longest Winter is a forgettable story featuring second-tier characters going through your run of the mill spy hijinks until the inevitable end when they save the day. There are a couple of enjoyable moments like the communist apes but generally the comic is sombre and drab throughout most of the story. Bucky just isn't interesting enough to carry his own series as the main character, and The Longest Winter reads like one long yawn.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By craig johnson on 8 Jan. 2013
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i love this book and think bucky is a good ideir and i like the darker side to it and think if u like capitan america ull like this i love the winter soldger story and this carrys on from ther
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
The return of the real Ed Brubaker to Marvel! 18 Sept. 2012
By James Donnelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When Ed Brubaker took the chance on "resurrecting" Bucky Barnes with his initial CAPTAIN AMERICA arc, "The Winter Soldier", he upset quite a few people on bringing back a character whose death was considered to be inviolate (Bucky and Uncle Ben Parker were the two Comic Book deaths on Marvel's end that could never be undone), but doing it in such a clever "Bucky was never really dead" way and with the terrific art of Steve Epting backing him up, he elevated the resurrection of Bucky as a Cold War-era Soviet assassin to that of a master class of storytelling. He continued to develop the newly-minted Bucky (who got his memory back thanks to the greatest of the Marvel deus ex machinas, The Cosmic Cube) as a repentant and reluctant hero who would eventually be led on the path to redemption after the "death" of Steve Rogers allowed Bucky to "wield The Shield" and become the new Captain America. But during the events of the "event" comic FEAR ITSELF, it appeared that Bucky was killed by The Red Skull's daughter.

A TOTALLY NON-SPOILER SPOILER is coming up.

In the first issue of this trade, FEAR ITSELF 7.1, we find that Bucky in fact survived the assault, but the only people who will know this are Cap, Sharon Carter, Black Widow and Nick Fury. Bucky's (and Natasha's) new mission is to stay off the grid and out of the spotlight and find other "sleeper agents" like Bucky was and remove them from the Spy Game's playing field. They've taken the big action and heavy espionage of how CAPTAIN AMERICA used to be (before it split into two titles due to the 2011 feature film), and you shook in the darker edge of characters of Bucky and Natasha Romanoff leading the way, and you get WINTER SOLDIER.

The issues in this trade deal with the methods that Bucky (now really recalling his skill-set as The Winter Soldier) and Natasha's own initial training as they go across the country to find the other operatives that were actually trained by Bucky himself (as the Soviet assassin Winter Soldier). To make a long story short, they're not where they're supposed to be and this gives way to villains such as the old Soviet scientist Ivan Kragoff aka The Red Ghost, and former Latverian Prime Minister and SECRET WAR starter Lucia Von Bardas. This leads to some action-packed and honestly absurd situations that, in a lesser hand than Brubaker, wouldn't have worked. But Brubaker and his artist Jackson "Butch" Guice (whose artistic talent seems to have grown in leaps and bounds since he first teamed with Brubaker on CAPTAIN AMERICA) make this stuff work and work so well that it hearkens back to when Brubaker was doing his initial run on CAP as well as his work on DAREDEVIL, because while it's pretty action-heavy, it's very solid on its character work as well. The romance between Natasha and Bucky is totally believable, and the chemistry they have together shows very clearly on the page.

WINTER SOLDIER is a real return to form for Brubaker at Marvel, considering his less-than-stellar work on the current CAPTAIN AMERICA title and his co-plotting duties on the recently redone CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY series.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Winter Soldier returns 27 Sept. 2012
By BlueStar - Published on Amazon.com
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Bucky's back in this first TPB in his own series! Covering issues #1-5 of Winter Soldier plus starting out with Fear Itself #7.1: Captain America, Bucky is back from the dead as he takes on his Winter Soldier persona once more to fight in the shadows as a dead man. However, his first daunting task is to find the very sleeper agents he personally trained and stop them before they, controlled by Lucia Von Baron, dismantle the United States piece by piece.

Bucky and the Black Widow are in a new series up against machine-gun-wielding monkeys, Dr. Doom, Von Baron, the Red Ghost, and lots of soldiers in this action-packed book. Bucky's return is explained (in a rather boring way) in the Fear Itself issue to give you some information regarding his return and his series kicks right off. Some of the dialogue and scenes are awkward or poorly done like Bucky getting away with telling Dr. Doom to shut up on a few occasions without a peep from Doom or Fury's line "Buddy, if we didn't need you right now, you'd be in the deepest hole I could find...and I'd throw away the key." Because we all have to lock up our holes nowadays. Aside from that, we have some nice art by Butch Guice and this action story by Brubaker. It's a fun read but don't look for a classic, timeless story or something to really mentally sink into.
The Longest Yawn 31 May 2013
By Sam Quixote - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In the wake of Fear Itself, Captain America/Bucky Barnes "dies" and Steve Rogers becomes the one true Captain America. Except of course Bucky's not dead and has instead once more adopted the Winter Soldier persona he used during the Cold War when he was a brainwashed Russian operative. He wants another shot at redemption so heads off with his returning memories to right more wrongs from the bad old days.

The Longest Winter is a pretty dull book. Bucky's not the most fascinating character for his own title and was only really interesting when facing Cap in The Winter Soldier book that re-introduced him to the modern Marvel Universe. Teamed up with another bland character, Black Widow, and you've got a boringly overcomplicated and uninvolving espionage story with nukes and a plot to assassinate Doctor Doom.

I appreciate Butch Guice's artwork is well put-together but I didn't like it much here - the inks were too heavy and the book overall felt too dark and grim by far. The style reminded me of a less brilliant Lee Bermejo - who actually draws the amazing covers to this mini-series.

Ed Brubaker's written better books than this. The Longest Winter is a forgettable story featuring second-tier characters going through your run of the mill spy hijinks until the inevitable end when they save the day. There are a couple of enjoyable moments like the communist apes but generally the comic is sombre and drab throughout most of the story. Bucky just isn't interesting enough to carry his own series as the main character, and The Longest Winter reads like one long yawn.
Stunning and Suspenseful 7 Aug. 2014
By subsidingboom92 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The Winter Soldier, the character Brubaker's spent seven years writing, starts off his own series with heartpounding action and twists at every turn. Butch Guice provides spectacular artwork to make this story as visually pleasing as it is suspenseful.

I give The Longest Winter two thumbs way, way up. Buy this volume. The story gets even better further down the road.
Good comic 4 July 2014
By Baron Mason - Published on Amazon.com
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great read. the characters come alive. doom is funny. I can't wait for the next book. I would recommend to all fans.
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