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Operation S.I.N. #4 Has An Alien Invasion And Obscure Marvel Characters

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Operation S.I.N. #4, written by Kathryn Immonen and drawn by Rich Ellis, is Peggy Carter kicking down the door and taking control of a crazy situation.

Operation S.I.N. #4
Operation S.I.N. #4 cover by Michael Komarck from Marvel.com

Operation S.I.N. #4 (of 5)

WRITER: Kathryn Immonen
ARTIST: Rich Ellis
COLORIST: Jordan Boyd
LETTERER: VC’s Joe Sabino
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2014
Have Operation Sin #4 (of 5) delivered right to your face, probably by aliens or something.

Operation S.I.N. begins with Peggy Carter, Howard Stark and the group they are traveling with crashing an alien ship into a Hydra camp. The ship is drawn to a woman named Shareen who isn’t quite human and who is trying to keep a portal closed. She is working with a Russian scientist name Anton Vanko and they managed to finish the portal despite Shareen trying to prevent it. Now a being named Xanth is trying to make his way through the portal to the real world and it’s up to Peggy and her friends to stop yet another alien invasion of New York.

I’ve been singing the praises of Operation S.I.N. since day one, but this might the first issue where I can understand why some people find comics such an intimidating thing to get into. I was reading the issue and about halfway through I realized that I had no idea what type of alien Shareen was or who or what the thing was that she was trying to prevent coming to Earth was. I had to go on Wikipedia and look up what exactly Shareen was and what her beloved was, as well. There is something telling about modern comic books in that I was able to take five minutes and find the information that I was looking for. It’s both easier (in that you can find it) and harder (in that you have to take the time to find it) to get into comics today because all of the information is right there if you’re willing to look for it.

However, once I looked into the character a little more I got a much better handle on the details on what was going on. The characters are just as confused as everyone else so I suppose it works, and perhaps issue five will have a little more exposition as to what Shareen is. What Operation S.I.N. does have is the great writing and characters that has defined this series. It has Peggy Carter saying “%#[email protected] Howard” in regards to looking for him, and threatening to shoot Shereen should she not act to save a life. It has Howard and Anton shaking hands and talking science as a portal explodes in the background. You even care about Tania and Mikhail despite that fact that they are so unknown they are basically throwaway characters.

The fact that we care about them gives great credit to Kathryn Immonen as a writer. The voice she has created for both Peggy and Howard is the kind of male/female friendship that I want to see more of, not only comics but in all media. There isn’t a moment that you think they might be moving in the direction of romance (there are times when they don’t even seem to like each other very much), but there is a mutual respect between them and the kind of platonic love that comes between close friends. Rich Ellis and Jordan Boyd continue to bring their A game for the art and I hope they work together again soon.

Operation S.I.N. #4 is the first time I’ve felt confused by things happening in a comic book in a long time, but it didn’t take long for me to catch up. I’m still really enjoying this mini series and I’m eager to see how it’s going to end in the next issue.

Operation S.I.N. #4
Operation S.I.N. #4 internal image from Comixology.com

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