Captain America #9
Marvel Comics (October, 2005)
“The Winter Soldier” part 2
WRITER: Ed Brubaker
ARTIST: Michael Lark
COLORIST: Frank G. D’armata
LETTERER: Randy Gentile
ASSISTANT EDITORS: Andy Schmidt, Molly Lazer, & Aubrey Sitterson
EDITOR: Tom Brevoort
SHIELD travels to the area in Madripoor where Lunkin is holding a meeting, not realizing it’s with US officials. Without the evidence on Lunkin, Fury is forced to let him go, which really ticks off Steve, who also is in hot water with Sharon for wanting to keep her out of it, worried she’d be after revenge for her boyfriend’s murder. Lunkin played them, while Crossbones breaks into a prison and releases a girl he claims is the daughter of the Red Skull.
What they got right: There are some really good action bits and Lunkin makes for a formidable opponent as he manipulates international relations to protect himself.
What they got wrong: Sharon looks a bit older than normal, or it could just be me. I also can’t figure out what age Skull’s supposed daughter, Synthia Schmidt, is supposed to be. Is she an adult? A teenage? Younger? The drawing of women here isn’t the best and there are only two female characters in this issue.
What I think overall: There isn’t much to summarize because not much happens. I’m just not getting into this story, and this is supposed to be part of a major personal event for Steve “Captain America” Rogers. I can chalk only so much of it to personal preference as so little happens in the issue and the argument with Sharon comes off as padding. I’m not going to go so far as to say it’s bad but it’s not all that great, either.