Operation S.I.N. #2 Delves Deeper Into The Mindset Of The Cold War
Operation S.I.N. #2, written by Kathryn Immonen and drawn by Rich Ellis, continues the story of Peggy Carter and Howard Stark as they travel into Soviet Russia, post World War II, to save the world.
Operation S.I.N. #2 (of 5)
WRITER: Kathryn Immonen
ARTIST: Rich Ellis
COLORIST: Jordan Boyd
LETTERER: VC’s Joe Sabino
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE DATE: February 4, 2014
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At time of writing I haven’t seen the final episode to Marvel’s Agent Carter, but if the last seven episodes are anything to go by it’s going to have a great ending and is easily going to climb to the near top of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While I said that Operation S.I.N. is going to run side by side with its movie counterpart, the comic is only two issues into its five issue run while the show is over. However, what Operation S.I.N. has in common with the show is that it continues from the strong beginning of issue #1.
The attack that Howard and Peggy witnessed was largely a fabrication by Howard, but that doesn’t seem to shake him up any less. Peggy and Howard have met up with Woody McCord, a mysterious operative with specialized armor, who decides to help them. Taina, a young woman from Russia, joins Peggy and Howard just as everything begins to go crazy and wants their help finding her father. As they travel through the back country of Russia, McCord fights a bear that turns out to be a boy that says he can take them to the origin of the beacon that brought the ship into Moscow. Oh, and Peggy punches Howard (but he deserves it).
Much like the show there is a very strong undercurrent of dealing with misogyny in Operation S.I.N. On the cover we see Peggy punching Howard, so I’m not going to count that as a spoiler, but there is nearly an entire page of Peggy calling McCord and Howard out on dismissing anything she says because she’s a woman. Peggy has proven herself to be quite the fighter, but she is able to get the drop on both men because they don’t take her seriously. Taina is another example as she finds the hiding place that saves everyone’s lives, but McCord is quick to say he doesn’t trust either woman. This sort of sexism very much still exists and it’s not played off as something that is only period typical. Women are still dismissed or underestimated today just because they are women. Marvel’s Agent Carter has been, in my opinion, a mini series of Peggy Carter punching the patriarchy in the face and Operation S.I.N. is the comic equivalent.
There isn’t really anyone better to write that than Kathryn Immonen. As I said during the review for issue #1, Immonen has always made it very clear that she’s all about pushing the voices of the women in comics to the forefront of the story. Thanks to the movies and Haylee Atwell’s performance, Peggy Carter is getting the revival that she has deserved for years. Immonen truly shines during the moment that she has Peggy slug Howard right in the face and call Woody and Howard out for their sexism. It’s a moment that made me want to stand up and cheer. Rich Ellis is also doing a great job of bringing such style and beauty to the art. This guy is going to be one to keep an eye on, and if this is his early work he’s going to be one of the most sought after artists in a few years. If Ellis wants to work with colorist Jordan Boyd for the rest of his life, I’d be completely fine with that. They balance each other out really well and make every page look beautiful.
If you’re a fan of Marvel’s Agent Carter, or if you’re looking for a good post World War II story, you can’t go wrong with Operation S.I.N.. Between Immonen’s strong writing, Ellis’ art and Boyd’s colors it’s almost a shame that this near dream team is only working on a five issue limited run, but maybe if Operation S.I.N. does well Marvel will give this team another project. They deserve it.