Captain America: Winter Soldier, Volume 1
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Captain America: Winter Soldier, Volume 1 (Captain America vol. 5 #1)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  2,437 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Cap is awakened in the dead of the night by agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., who need the kind of help only he can provide. But the corpse he finds on the Heli-carrier brings him face-to-face with the unthinkable, and opens doors to terror and manipulation he never dreamed possible Collects Captain America (2004) #1-7.
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published August 3rd 2005 by Marvel Comics (first published 2005)
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Coming soon to a theater near you… Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Actually, I’m not sure how much of this one will be in the upcoming movie because it mainly sets the stage for what happens next. When I read it originally I gave it three stars, but looking back now you can see how much Ed Brubaker accomplished in arranging all the pieces to start his run of writing Cap. Considering that it was one of the longest and most satisfying eras of a mainstream superhero I’ve seen in some time, I’ve...more
Dirk Grobbelaar
I still own the trade paperbacks that came in a Volume 1 and Volume 2. I see that The Winter Soldier has since been published in a single volume (Captain America: Winter Soldier Ultimate Collection) which makes perfect sense. It’s impossible for me to rate the two volumes separately.

So, I just wrote a single review, which will be exactly the same for both:
Captain America: Winter Soldier, Volume 1
Captain America: Winter Soldier, Volume 2

This is a prime example of how good the graphic medium can...more
3.5 stars. I was really torn between 3 and 4 stars on this one so I ended up at 3.5 stars. There are some really good aspects to this revamp of Cap as well as a few drawbacks that hopefully will be corrected in later volumes.

PROS: On the good side, Brubaker does a nice job finding Captain America's "voice" in this series. Cap, like Batman, has been around for so long that his persona has gone through a number of iterations, some of which have failed to truly reflect who Cap is. I think this ser...more
More like 3.5 stars.

So Captain America 2 is going to be subtitled Winter Soldier. Cue me tracking down the Winter Soldier comics to get an idea of what's coming. I'm not sure how this will translate, but I guess we'll see. I have faith. For the most part.

Possibly the best thing Brubaker has done here is his Cap. His characterization feels spot-on to me. There's the beginning of a very interesting story here, with the Red Skull seemingly assassinated and somebody messing with Cap's memories. Ther...more
The Basics

Red Skull, Captain America’s most notorious foe, is found murdered by a sniper. Through a flurry of flashbacks, Steve Rogers has to find out who is seemingly targeting him and why.

My Thoughts

This book had a flaw for me that couldn’t be avoided: I know who the Winter Soldier is. When you get into comic book culture, an osmosis takes place wherein you’re spoiled richly for things you haven’t even read yet. The magic of this story is clearly in discovering that the impossible has happened...more
Apr 17, 2014 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Hardcore Captain America fans
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In one word: Underwhelming. Lots of back story, lots of time spent on Agent 13, Nick Fury, Nomad, Bucky Barnes, and various villains, what time there is spent with Cap alternates between him brooding and hallucinating, there's not a ton of action, and the final issue is an aside focused solely on Nomad, which isn't very good. Oh, and not much is resolved by the end of this volume, as the arc finishes in Captain America: Winter Soldier, Volume 2. So I guess I have another trade paperback to read...more
Gary Shapiro
One of the joys of vacation is the time to lie about and read! I have been enjoying Ed Brubaker’s run as Captain America’s scribe for the last several years, but I have been reading each issue as it came out and I found myself a little confused as to what has transpired during this rich and layered storyline. So I went back and dug out the last fifty or so issues of Captain America, collectively known in comics terms as volume 5. I am currently reading issue 29 and I am enjoying these stories im...more
Jonathan Briggs
Funny thing: Ed Brubaker's all-ages comix read more mature than his "adult" work. Deprived of all his T&A and F-bombs, he's forced to concentrate on basics such as plot, dialog and character development, and he shows himself quite capable of solid thriller writing. In "Winter Soldier," Cap dives headlong into a terrorist gang war as he investigates the assassination of his archfoe, the Red Skull (formerly "Hitler's strong right hand"), a case with roots reaching back to Cap's time as an Inva...more
Cap, die Fünfte

Captain America, inzwischen in der 5. Inkarnation, ist mit eines der besten Comics, die Marvel in der letzten Zeit herausgebracht hat. Die Story ist keine typische Superheldenaction, sondern deutlich düsterer angelegt als die vorhergehenden Varianten. Brubaker hat einen sehr eigenen Schreibstil, und es scheint, dass alles, was er anfasst, erfolgreich läuft (Criminal, Daredevil). Er hat auch keine Scheu, an den "Ikonen" des Marvel Universe zu rütteln und, wie sich in Ausgabe 25 sei...more
To start with, this was the first Captain America I ever read or saw, back in maybe 2005 when I was really starting to get into superhero comics. So this was the way I expected Captain America to be and act and sound later on, and tended to measure how good the writer understood the character by how much it resembled what we have here.

As time has gone on, I've come to the conclusion that this was a good stroke of luck, because this is a *great* version of Cap. He's got all the determination, al...more
I've never been very interested in Captain America, because, like many others, Captain America seemed boring to me, too goody-two-shoes and good at everything, like Superman, to be appealing. However, I'm impressed by Ed Brubaker's reboot of Captain America. He manages to make the story and characters grittier and more emotionally complex without making the series too dark, or making Steve Rogers too angsty. I think that the addition of flashbacks to Captain America's World War II days successfu...more
Ryan Moore
I'm a fan of Ed Brubaker but I had a hard time figuring out where he was going with this Captain America story. It was almost depressing with the Caps flashbacks of Bucky dying and him taking on the guilt of all the bad happening. I felt like it bounced around a lot; Red Skull being killed, the cosmic cube, Crossbones, Nomad. Hopefully the second volume will tie it more together.
Dec 13, 2012 Sean rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone!
Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting capture everything that makes Captain America great!! This trade really gets the ball rolling into one of the best superhero epics ever. My only complaint is with the art in the 7th chapter by John Leon, as its such a departure from Epting's work it seems drastically out of place. Other than that, its hard to tell a better story.
This was my first inro to Captain America. Maybe not the best starting point. I found it a little confusing, though not as much as Green Lantern: Rebirth. Maybe the movie coming out this summer will get me excited about learning more...
What would you think if I told you you that Marvel decided to bring back Bucky, Captain America's WWII sidekick? Pretty stupid idea, right? But this is Ed Brubaker were talking about so... Yeah. Damn good job if you ask me.

He manages to write a pretty adult story in spite of being limited to the PG level of a monthly trade paperback. Brubaker manages to write something that is going a feel new to both veteran and just-arrived readers alike. He ties some pretty old lose knots and makes some more...more
I decided to read this in preparation for the movie. This really didn't do much to help with that, since I knew who the Winter Soldier was already, and he really doesn't appear terribly much in this first volume, at least not on panel. It was interesting, but I'm not sure it will really do much to explain things to me. It did surprise me how recently this storyline took place, but these issues are not the best that I have seen. It seems like they are building to something pretty interesting, but...more
Jeff Lanter
I will have to admit, Captain America's costume and the idea that he represents America (for better and worse) never appealed to me. Until the movie came out, I wouldn't have even thought about picking up a Captain America comic despite hearing how good it was because I assumed I would find it silly or uninspiring. Having enjoyed the movie I finally checked out the first issue on Marvel Unlimited and was quickly hooked. Brubaker's version of Captain America is all about espionage with some histo...more
Mike (the Paladin)
First let me say that I'm old enough to remember Captain America. I collected comics during what is usually called the Silver Era of comics.I collected Avengers and had the mag from #4 (the reappearance of Captain America) on. I had Tales of Suspense from his arrival and then Cap's comic which started at #100. I at one time ran down all the "prehistory of the character I could. He was developed in the 1940s by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon. Finally (some years ago) I had to sell my collection, but I...more
You can find the full review over at The Founding Fields:

To be honest, I’ve never been much of a Captain America fan prior to reading this book. I saw him for the first time in the Fox Spider-Man cartoon, when he showed up in the final season towards the end for the most part. Since then, I’ve seen him in the new Marvel movies (Captain America: First Avenger was rather boring) and the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes cartoon. And Rick Remender’s Captain America #1...more
Fantasy Literature
There has been a long-standing rule for writers of Captain America: his sidekick Bucky must stay dead because his death is central to understanding the character of Captain America in the present. The basic story is that Captain America takes a teenaged Bucky under his wing in his fight against Nazis in World War II. In an explosion that nearly kills Captain America, Bucky Barnes dies. When Captain America is found years later preserved in the ice and is brought back to life, he is haunted by th...more
"cap is reborn...again (but in a good way)"

i was never really that big a cap fan when i was growing up. an overly patriotic superhero that was a tool of the govt, no thanks! however, after really getting myself into comics a few years back, i finally decided to give cap a try (i mean he was great in ultimates). it turns out, he is one bad arse war machine!

what makes this book great is the direction that brubaker takes to make the cap universe seem almost real, and giving him a much more human as...more
Excellent jumping on point for anyone who is interested in reading a good Captain America story and doesn't have a lot of background with the character. . Great mix of present and past and great introductions to a lot of characters that appear in many other Cap books. Brubaker tells an intriguing story that is more of a S.H.I.E.L.D. story than a superhero story. I would definitely recommend this.
Reading this in preparation for the Cap2 movie--I had read a smattering of Brubaker's run on this book, and knew the major spoiler, but it was a treat to read this first arc. Nothing like a slowly paced spy thriller with a noir feel. On most days I think I'd still rather read just straight-up crime ficiton from Brubaker, but this is a great read when you're in a spandex mood.
An amazing read from start to end!
As a story, graphic novel and a beautiful piece of artwork...
I got it as a surprise Christmas gift from a friend who knew I liked Marvel and next thing I knew this year - it was a movie! I went and read it IN A DAY and loved it! No wonder it was made into a film! :D Big thanks to my friend for randomly giving it to me!
Tyson Adams
This was essentially my first Captain America edition. I've read other single issues or one shots, but not an arc like this. The arc Brubaker sets up is clearly leading into a much larger story, essentially stamping his mark on the series. Others have referred to this as a classic series, I guess I'm one step into finding out how worthy that tag is.
Oscar Salas
Poco se puede agregar a esta relectura que no sea alabanza repetida, excepto una cosa: el gran corolario que es el numero 7, "La Solitaria Muerte de Jack Monroe", un preciso ejercicio noir aplicado al género. Sobresaliente.
Federiken Masters
Dec 20, 2011 Federiken Masters rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Veremos...
Recommended to Federiken by: Que el #2 taba barato.
"Aunque a este no lo encontré de oferta ni nada, supongo que es más inteligente leérmelo antes que el #2 que sí conseguí, así que lo marco como to-read hasta nuevo aviso."
Obviamente no hice caso una mierda. Me lo terminé leyendo bastante más tarde que el #2. Y la verdad que creo que hice bien, porque me enganchó bastante más aquel que este. Acá todo parece muy introductorio, muy secreto, muy "ya van a ver" la historia está bien contada y los dibujos acompañan, pero poco más. La verdad que sigo p...more
Brubaker's acclaimed run—the inspiration for Captain America: The Winter Soldier—begins with a shock and continues with more, although they didn't have as much impact on me because I'm not familiar with the Capverse. Thankfully, this first arc is peppered with flashbacks to give a new reader like me context on Cap's history and who's important to him. Like, for instance, Bucky Barnes. The book's got some good action sequences, and I'm interested to see where the story goes. To my surprise, one o...more
Sierra Dean
Good, not mind blowing. My bar is getting a bit higher for 5 stars. This is probably a 3.5. I'd recommend it, and would qualify it as required reading.
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Ed Brubaker (born November 17, 1966) is an Eisner Award-winning American cartoonist and writer. He was born at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.

Brubaker is best known for his work as a comic book writer on such titles as Batman, Daredevil, Captain America, Iron Fist, Catwoman, Gotham Central, Sleeper, Uncanny X-Men and X-Men: Deadly Genesis, and The Authority, and for helping...more
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