The Star-Spangled Children
"It’s going down… I’m yelling FREEDOM!!"
I blame you, alliealison.
I’m a little late. Oopsies… This is for Steve’s birthday! (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:・ﾟ✧
I’ve always wanted to draw the Star-Spangled bbys. XD Maybe someday I’ll make a decent Star-Spangled family portrait with Grandpa Steve and Isaiah. I like to think that Bucky’s their big brother and Rikki is the youngest. Haha!
This is my first time drawing Rikki and oh my gosh I never drawn so much ‘murica in one artwork. HAHA!
OH LOOK. EAAAAAAAAAAAAGLE!!
Hope you guys like this! (´∀｀)♡
"… I thought I could throw myself back in, follow orders, serve. It’s just not the same."
Deputy America, ya’ll!
Don’t tell me you don’t see it! Don’t tell me you don’t see it!!!
And he’s even getting buffer too,
While I do love seeing all the Steve Rogers appreciation today, I’d like to show a little love for some of our other America-themed superheroes.
COMIC REVIEW: Winter Soldier Bitter March #1
Winter Soldier: Bitter March #1 review by Hope Mullinax
Winter Soldier: Bitter March #1 is everything a good 1960s spy thriller should be. With the Cold War raging on, Agent Ran Shen races to save two Nazi scientists with a world changing formula. Nick Fury is missing and presumed dead. It’s up to Shen to keep the scientists from both Hydra and the Winter Soldier. Complete with scantily clad ladies, high tech gadgets for all situations, and daring fights with each turn of the page, Bitter March is a great companion piece for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Whenever I buy a new comic, I have a habit of flipping through the pages before reading. Do not do this with Bitter March. Rick Remender wrote the script where there’s a mini cliff hanger every few pages. I spoiled myself on some surprises. He gives a strong voice to each individual character. Fury has the same snap and wit as Samuel L. Jackson’s portrayal. As the narrator, Shen’s inner voice has energy to it. The moments of high action, his thoughts are disjointed as he struggles to comprehend the situation. It gives a sense of realism to the scenes, and Remender tackles them well. Plots are described just enough for a newcomer to get enough explanation without it being tedious for an avid comic reader.
The best use of Remender’s writing is the final scene as Shen describes the Winter Soldier. Being the title character, the Winter Soldier isn’t in issue one that much. You can hear the terror in Shen’s thoughts knowing he’s in the wild with this enemy. The final page of the issue is a perfect set up for the rest of the story and Shen’s struggles. The Winter Soldier is a force to be reckoned with, and one that Shen hopes to escape. Remender’s writing gives just enough to put in a sense of dread without going overboard.
Roland Boschi’s art is stellar. In moments of low action, the detail he puts into each character is beautiful. There’s a great close up of Shen’s face where you can see intricacies of his eyes. It’s a great moment where the terror and surprise of the enemy he’s up against is manifested on the page. The amount of time spent on many of the backgrounds is worth a second look too. These are only beaten by Boschi’s action panels. They appear purposely unfinished to push the grittiness of the fights. The speed lines help your eyes follow the page to direct the flow of action. Paired with Chris Chuckry’s coloring, each panel is vibrant and gorgeous. Chuckry’s choices of orange and red hues through the fight with Madam Worm portray the intensity. It’s the only time that palette is used in issue one making it memorable.
Probably my only criticism of Boschi’s art is the design of the Winter Soldier. It looks exactly like the movie version of the character. This being set in the 1960s, I was hoping to see how his appearance would differ in that decade. It read as 60s Fury and Shen verses the 2014 take on the Winter Soldier. This could be a choice to tie it more into the movie. It might also play on what Ryan Meinerding, the Head of Visual Development for Captain America 2, talked about in The Art of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He described when they created Bucky Barnes’ bionic arm that they wanted to make “an arm almost beyond what Tony Stark could do now, the highest tech possible.” I understand this choice in Boschi’s art, but I would have liked to see the Winter Soldier’s costume fit the time period. Honestly if my only complaint is he made the character look too much like Sebastian Stan, an actor I highly admire whose career I’ve followed since The Covenant, Boschi is doing really well.
Winter Soldier: Bitter March #1 is the perfect prequel for the new Captain America movie. Having read through issues two and three as well, filling in this little known time in the Winter Soldier’s life makes this an instant hit. I highly suggest this for avid readers and newcomers alike.
THANKS TO HOPE FOR THE AWESOME REVIEW!
I wrote a review for Rock Shop about Bitter March #1! Check it out!