Advance Review: OPERATION S.I.N. #1

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OPERATION S.I.N. #1
Written by Kathryn Immonen
Art by Rich Ellis
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: January 7, 2015

The backwards and continuely retconned, without explanation, history of Peggy Carter takes an adventure into the Cold War with Howard Stark. Set in 1953, the pair find themselves in Communist Russia sleuthing out alien technology.

Due to overly descriptive solicit copy, the tension is down to minimum in this set-up for the five issue miniseries. Thankfully, Kathryn Immonen’s banter between Peggy and Howard, as well as Rich Ellis’s action sequences keeps the fun rolling.

Originally in the Marvel comic universe, Peggy Carter was supposed to be in Virginia, on the edge of a mental breakdown during this time period. However, with the move to align the comic and cinematic universe we’re instead given a post-S.H.I.E.L.D. Peggy who is cool under pressure, always ready for a fight and knows how to pick pockets. It’s a welcomed change. Howard Stark could just as easily be Tony Stark, which provides another layer of familiarity. He and Peggy engage in back story conversations that are on level of Black Widow & Hawkeye, but more heated in debate.

The title of this book is a mystery. Any ties to the Original Sin crossover, as stated in the solicit, are not overt, unless you’ve read Original Sin Annual #1. Woodrow McCord, the original “man on the wall” might come into play. Although here he acts more or less as a spy and procurer of unusual, potentially dangerous items. You’ve got an alien threat to the planet. Who is watching to stop it? The answer is on the cover. Hopefully deeper connections are made in subsequent issues. McCord is also given the role of sexist spy to be put in his place by Peggy’s various skills, with a touch of humor.

Ellis’s art has a fun, vibrant, clean feel to it. It’s a traditional comic style that works well for miniseries. Immonen’s dialogue is amusing and will probably coincide with the feeling of the Agent Carter television show well. For those only familiar with the cinematic Peggy, she is a blond in the Marvel 616. Don’t let it throw you off. For those not interested in the television show, the time period or the “man on the wall” Woodrow McCord, this isn’t the book for you.

The Verdict:  8.0/10

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