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Operation S.I.N. #5 Brings Our Story With Peggy Carter To A Close

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Operation S.I.N. #5, written by Kathryn Immonen and drawn by Rich Ellis, ends on bit of a melancholy note, but the ride has been worth it.

Operation S.I.N. #5
Operation S.I.N. #5 cover by Michael Komarck from Marvel.com

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

WRITER: Kathryn Immonen
ARTIST: Rich Ellis
COLORIST: Jordan Boyd
LETTERER: VC’s Joe Sabino
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE DATE: May 6, 2015
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Shareen is willing to go back to Xanth to save the world, but Peggy is convinced that if the entire group works together they can figure out a way to stop him without forcing Shareen to sacrifice herself. Howard and Vanko are at each other’s throats when it comes to ways to fix this problem and Peggy just wants to keep Woody from shooting everyone. However, they are running out of time; Xanth is coming and they have made quite a commotion in a foreign country.

I’m really quite sad to see Operation S.I.N. end. This has been a great series that stars one of the more underrated female characters in the Marvel universe. I’ve enjoyed getting to see more of Peggy and how capable she really is, even after Captain America has been frozen. She is a warrior right down to her bones and she remains amazingly strong while also being very funny. I can see someone like Peggy, who has seen so much, deal with the crazy world around her by making jokes and a few sarcastic remarks. I already loved Peggy before this series and Kathryn Immonen’s voice just made me love her more.

I was also pleased to see the relationships between Peggy, Howard and Woody. I loved it mostly because it all seemed to be based on mutual respect. After Peggy called Howard and Woody out on their sexism back in issue 2, there is real feeling of respect between all of them. Peggy tells Woody not to shoot and, despite obviously thinking she is wrong, he doesn’t shoot. These people might not even like each other sometimes, but they absolutely respect each other. Peggy and Howard continued to have the best banter of the group.

I have to say that, without spoiling it, certain aspects of the ending were very sad, though I can understand what Immonen was going for. The Cold War is about to begin and they were Americans causing a lot of noise in the middle of Russia. The time period meant that we had to have a certain type of ending even if that might not be the ending we want. Sometimes a story ends and everything isn’t okay. The art by Rich Ellis and colors by Jordan Boyd were beautiful throughout the entire book, but there was something about the last few pages that really cemented how wonderfully they complement each other. The final shot is of Howard and it’s a panel that I would show the world to describe Howard Stark as a character.

Operation S.I.N. was a miniseries soaked in Cold War paranoia and old school adventuring. The story and dialogue remain interesting and, above all, so much funnier than you would expect. Peggy Carter, as told by Kathryn Immonen, is the queen of one-liners. This creative team should be very proud of this series and, despite being a little obscure at times for a new reader, is absolutely worth a look for any fan of Peggy Carter or period stories. Marvel’s Agent Carter has been greenlit for another season and I sincerely hope Marvel pulls this team together for another miniseries or just another book in general.

Operation S.I.N. #5
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