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Operation S.I.N. #3 Gets Weirder And Better

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Operation S.I.N. #3, written by Kathryn Immonen and drawn by Rich Ellis, makes the entire story even weirder but still soaked in cold war era paranoia.

Operation S.I.N. #3
Operation S.I.N. #3 cover by Michael Komarck from Comixology.com

Operation S.I.N. #3 (of 5)

WRITER: Kathryn Immonen
ARTIST: Rich Ellis
COLORIST: Jordan Boyd
LETTERER: VC’s Joe Sabino
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE DATE: March 4, 2014
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Marvel’s Agent Carter was everything I wanted and more, and I’ll be very sad if this is the last time I’m going to see Hayley Atwell on my screen as Peggy Carter in her own story. I’m also going to be very sad when Operation S.I.N. ends because it only has two more issues and I’m quickly growing attached. The previous two issues have been getting progressively weirder with alien attacks and shape shifting bears, but now we’re merging the two.

Operation S.I.N. #3 continues the story of Peggy Carter and Howard Stark as they travel across Siberia to capture a Russian alien. Along with Taina and Woody they have now picked up Mikhail who can shapeshift into a bear though Peggy and Howard are reluctant to believe Woody at first. There is also one gulag left in Russia and it’s being run by Hydra with a mysterious woman in it.

If there is one thing I really appreciate about Operation S.I.N. it’s the banter between Peggy and Howard. If she wasn’t far too good for him I would say they would make an entertaining couple, but that isn’t on the table. Their back and forth banter reminds me a lot of an old married couple and it’s always fun to read. The story is getting a little weirder with more space ships and shape shifters, but comics have always been weird. The hidden bases and Russian aliens fit into the 1950’s cold war red scare very easily.

I must admit that while I really like writer Kathryn Immonen I hadn’t read that much from her and now I really want to seek it out. If she writes Peggy and Howard half as good as she writes anyone else it’s going to be a solid story. The easy going dialogue is witty in a very Joss Whedon sort of way, where I’m not entirely sure real human beings could be that witty, but it’s really fun to read. It also makes the book a lot funnier than the covers or even summaries would indicate. There are moments when I was sure the book was going to delve nearly into Three Stooges style slapstick, but it seems to follow how “old school” all of this book feels. Rich Ellis and Jordan Boyd continue to make a beautiful book with bright, vibrant colors and easy to follow drawings. I haven’t looked to see what the sales are like but I hope Operation S.I.N. is selling well so Marvel can see what a great creative team they have.

Operation S.I.N. #3 continues the great writing and excellent art of the previous two issues while becoming more and more like an old school alien story from the 1950’s. It’s a limited series (there are only two issues left) and you should be reading this one.

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