- The Winter Men
Infobox comic book title
title = The Winter Men
schedule = Irregular
limited = Y
Superhero = y
date = September 2005 - November 2006
issues = 5
John Paul Leon
colorists = Dave Stewart
Brett Lewis John Paul Leon
subcat = Wildstorm Comics
sort = Winter Men, The
"The Winter Men" is a
comic book limited seriespublished by Wildstorm Productions in 2005. The series was written by Brett Lewis, with art by John Paul Leon. [ [http://www.comicon.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=36;t=005619 Leon Drawing The Winter Men] , Comicon, March 10, 2006] [ [http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=73847 John Paul Leon On Theblvd Sketchbook & Wintermen] , Newsarama, June 15, 2006]
The story is about the a Russian policeman who is the product of a Soviet project to create superhumans.
The series was intended to be published by Vertigo [ [http://www.comicon.com/ubb/ultimatebb.php/ubb/get_topic/f/36/t/000561/p/1.html The Winter Men, Vertigo's Weapons of Mass Destruction] , December 24, 2002] as an eight-issue limited series. The series was delayed, moved to
Wildstormand the total number was dropped to six issues but with issue number 5 (November 2006) with the message that the story would be completed in "The Winter Men Winter Special", which was solicited as appearing in late 2008 as an oversized 40 page special. [ [http://www.dccomics.com/comics/?cm=10764 Wintermen Winter Special] at DC] [ [http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=18053 DC Comics December 2008 solicitations] , [Comic Book Resources] ]
Comic Bulletingave the first issue full marks and said "Brett Lewis comes off as an astute observer of the contemporary Russian cultural milieu, and, via an injection of superheroic fantasy into real Soviet history, he draws powerful portraits of his tragic protagonist, Kalenov, and the nation as a whole." [ [http://www.comicsbulletin.com/reviews/112597945832198.htm "The Winter Men" #1 Review] , Comic Bulletin] Stumblebum Studios was impressed by the rsearch "is one hell of a dense book, packed to the gills with details and insights into Russia post-Reform" as well as J.P. Leon's artwork which "is always a treat, lushly detailed, but at the same time somewhat simple. You’d almost believe that Leon was from Russia himself the way portrays Russia in a light that is rarely seen" [ [http://www.stumblebumstudios.com/comic-review_winter-men-1.htm "The Winter Men" #1 Review] , Stumblebum Studios] Sentiments echoed by The Fourth Rail who felt "Brett Lewis's script challenges the reader with its complexity and its immersion in modern Russian culture. And he's been paired with an artist whose style is perfect for bringing the cold, stark and dingy quality of the backdrop to life." [ [http://www.thefourthrail.com/reviews/critiques/080805/wintermen1.shtml "The Winter Men" #1 Review] , The Fourth Rail] Ain't It Cool Newsconcluded their review of the first three issues with a similar opinion "is a book with a singular voice and style the likes of which I haven’t seen in quite a while." [ [http://www.aintitcool.com/node/21792#5 The Winter Men #3] , Ain't It Cool News]
Sales estimates started off with issue #1 at 11,340 (#163 in the top 300) [ [http://www.icv2.com/articles/home/7534.html Top 300 Comics Actual--August 2005] , ICv2] but dropped to 8,862 (position #168) with issue two. [ [http://www.icv2.com/articles/home/7710.html Top 300 Comics Actual--September 2005] , ICv2] Sales then slowly dropped from 8,324 (#186) for issue #3 [ [http://www.icv2.com/articles/home/7956.html Top 300 Comics Actual--November 2005] , ICv2] to 7,129 (#187) [ [http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/8714.html Top 300 Comics Actual--April 2006] , ICv2] and ending on issue #5 with estimates of 6,480 sales (at a position of #180) [ [http://www.icv2.com/articles/home/9647.html Top 300 Comics Actual--October 2006] , ICv2]
*"The Programme", another Wildstorm title that dealt with the fallout from Cold War superhumans
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* [http://www.wintermen.com/ The Winter Men]
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