Operation S.I.N. #1 (of 5)
w. Immonen, Kathryn
a. Ellis, Rich
4 out of 5 Space Monkeys
Because I loved the retconning of the Marvel Universe’s past by both Hickman & Weaver’s SHIELD and Aaron & Deodato’s Original Sin storylines, and this one slams the two together in a perfect example of comic book coolness. This is what Avengers 1959 should have been ( if you don’t know what that is, count yourself lucky! ), and accomplishes that rare attempt to blend an existing character and historic comic cannon with its cinematic analog successfully.
When recruited by Howard Stark ( rather rudely, I might add ), who manipulated Peggy’ need for adventure, Agent Carter finds herself in the middle of Moscow, in a clandestine meeting with Woodrow McCord and the genius inventor. Last seen in the Original Sin annual #1 ( highly recommend ), McCord is the Man on the Wall in this era, a position next to be held by Nick Fury and currently Bucky Barnes the Winter Soldier ( as told in the Original Sin mini-series, another highly recommend from yours truly ). The last line of defense for mankind from attacks from extradimensional, extraterrestrial or intraterrestrial has come across an alien object he wants Howard to check out. But when Howard starts tinkering….well let’s just say the skies of Moscow light up, and Peggy finds herself thrust into an even deeper mystery than she’s used to!
Immonen takes Peggy Carter to the next level and firmly plants her as a major player in Marvel’s new history. Right from the opening pages, the book sets the tone for the tough-as-nails-quick-on-her-feet Peggy Carter we are going to be seeing from now on. From her give and takes with Howard Stark, to her upstaging McCord in a bar, Peggy Carter is the type of woman that was missing from the comics of that era itself, and to her have her take up that role now, although retconned in a bit ( let’s not forget she did run away and join the French Resistance to fight Nazi’s when she was a teenager ),is a smart way to mirror the ongoing feminist movement, especially within the comic industry itself; without coming off preachy or high-handed.
The current interpretation of Peggy Carter is only in existence due to Haley Atwell’s magnificent portrayal of a rather secondary character ( let’s face it, after her few adventures with Cap, she was relegated to support staff for the Avengers and then old age, dementia and finally death ) in both Cap movies, The Agent Carter special, her appearance on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and now her own T.V. mini-series ( which I haven’t watched yet, but I’m sure my good buddy Steven Biscotti did.) But Immonen took the ball an ran with it. Fast and Hard. Just like the action in this book.
Seriously Kathryn, I don’t know if it was you who wrote the “Get-your-boots-on-swing-under-the-bed-opening-attack” sequence on pages 3 and 4, or if that was the influence of the artistic talent of Richard Ellis, either way…. Sweeeeet !!!! Ellis’ art captures the 50’s flavor sci-fi-spy stuff of the era perfectly, but keeps the pace and action quick and modern. These two work well together, and the energy they put in the book shows on every page.
This book looks to be a great place to explore the Marvel Universe’s past and add to ever growing history of Marvel. Although only one issue out, I can already see the potential this book has to join the ranks of must-reads any true Marvel history buff will force upon their un-educated brethren to read.