Operation S.I.N. #1 is a Swinging Post War Story
Operation S.I.N. #1, written by Kathryn Immonen and drawn by Rich Ellis, is a solid beginning to a new story starring the often under appreciated Peggy Carter and Howard Stark post World War II.
Operation S.I.N. #1 (of 5)
If you are loving the Agent Carter television show on ABC, pick up Operation Sin #1 (of 5)!
Operation S.I.N. is a comic that exists for two primary reasons. The first reason is the same reason that the S.H.I.E.L.D. comic exists. Marvel is trying to get fans of their movies and television shows to start reading comics. Marvel also found a surprisingly popular female lead in the form of Peggy Carter from Captain America: The First Avenger, and that theory was solidified when the short Agent Carter was released to near universal praise. So while Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. now has a companion comic in the mini series, Marvel’s Agent Carter has a mini series comic to go with it also.
The year is 1952 and the world is still recovering from World War II, including one Agent Peggy Carter. Peggy is currently off duty since she’s recently lost Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, whom everyone believes is dead. When an alien piece of technology turns up in Russia, Howard Stark emerges to ask Peggy for help retrieving it. It’s not until a mysterious operative named Woodrow McCord emerges that Peggy and Howard realize how far some people are willing to go to protect the Earth.
Now this is being advertised as a spin off from the Original Sin event last year, but I only know the basics of that story and I was able to follow along with Operation S.I.N. very easily. Peggy Carter has always been a much more interesting character than her niece, Sharon. While Peggy has always had an existence outside of Steve, Sharon doesn’t seem to have any purpose outside of being Steve’s girlfriend. That’s one of the reasons I was so excited to see her get her own (absolutely fantastic, seriously go watch it) television show. Writer Kathryn Immonen knows how to write about great women from her run on Journey into Mystery several years ago, where she took a series that had almost always focused on Thor or Loki and shifted that focus over to Lady Sif so she could have her own series. Her run on Journey into Mystery was cut tragically short due to low sales, so I couldn’t be happier to see her writing about another one of the great, and under appreciated, female characters of the Marvel universe.
The art by up and comer Rich Ellis is also very well done. Ellis hasn’t been on the scene very long, and Marvel fans might recognize his work on The Superior Foes of Spider-Man and a few other works for IDW and independents. Ellis does an excellent job of capturing the era, down to the various details that would only appear in a story that is taking place in the 1950’s. It’s very easy to tell everyone apart since each character has a unique design and look. Ellis has some great back up by Jordan Boyd with colors that makes everyone look vibrant while hiding themselves in dull colors and regular clothing. Peggy and Howard are the beginning for a lot of what S.H.I.E.L.D. will end up being, and unlike the S.H.I.E.L.D. comic they look like regular people but are also easy to pick out in a crowd.
Operation S.I.N. is a five part mini series that will likely run at the same time as Marvel’s Agent Carter television show, and fans of the show should absolutely look into the comic as well. The Peggy of the comics might look a little different from the show, but she’s the same woman in both mediums. Absolutely worth picking up.