During their Cup of Joe panel yesterday Marvel announced the 5-issue mini-series Operation S.I.N. that will have Agent Peggy Carter, Howard Stark, and the original Man On The Wall, Woodrow McCord. The mini-series launches in January 2015, just in time for the Agent Carter TV Show. The book unites Peggy Carter and Howard Stark and sets them on a globe-trotting adventure that takes them to Cold War era Russia trailing an alien artifact that could upset the balance of international relations, courtesy of writer Kathryn Immonen and artist Rich Ellis.
The book takes place in the 1950’s which for both the Marvel Universe and the real world was very different then how both are today. The setting presents both challenges and openings for the creative team to explore and expand on the Marvel Characters at the foundation of its comic universe.
“Period pieces are great in that there is no shortage of color. The worst part of period pieces is that there is no shortage of color. But I remember having a long conversation with Jim Ottaviani a few years ago at [Toronto Comics Arts Festival] and we both strongly felt that you absolutely cannot graft the privilege of the panoptic view of history onto any character. You have to focus on the cares and concerns of a given individual.”
“To be honest, I actually find it more freeing to have this story set during the 50’s. While most big event [series] are confined to whatever is going on around them, I told Kathryn and Rich that they were more or less free to run wild with the characters and time period. While there were a few rules put in place, both Kathryn and Rich used the setting and time period to run with the ball.”
“Setting the series in the 50’s is actually something I’m excited about. I’m always finding reference for props, fashion, and setting for my work anyway. The only real difference in my workflow is that I get to draw all sorts of awesome 50’s fashion and cars.”
The creators are set to meet these trials head on with excitement, both Immonen and Ellis believe that they have found the perfect partner to go on this globe-trotting time spanning adventure with.
“I have nothing but praise to say about working with Kathryn. She is one of the smartest writers I have had the pleasure of reading and we have been on the same page since day one.”
“My lucky streak continues. [Ellis’] Peggy is the best thing on two legs. Before we got started Rich sent me a list of things he likes to draw which, as it turns out, are all the things I like to writer. It’s like there’s an editorial hand in all of this or something.”
Their sentiment is shared with their editor who could not be more pleased with the pairing.
“To me, there [was] no one else that could handle this story with as much finesse and style as Kathryn and Rich. When we first decided that Peggy would be one of the leads, there was no one else in my mind that would write it as well as Kathryn. To me, she not only has an amazing handle on the character of Peggy Carter—based on her [previous] one-shot (Captain America And The First Thirteen) —but she also understands the time period and the pressures that Peggy is under when our story begins.
As for Rich, he and I had worked together briefly on SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN and I always felt like [he] brought a very human aspect to his work. I knew that a story set during the Marvel Universe of the 50’s would need an artist that could not only handle the style and look of the period but also the bombastic action of the plot. To me, that sounds exactly like what Rich excels at.”
While the creative team might have hit it off swimmingly the same can not be said for Peggy Carter and Howard Stark, who don’t exactly see eye to eye.
“Peggy and Howard know each other and if she didn’t particularly like him before, he certainly shores up that position in the opening pages of the first issue”
But no matter what time period you are in, a Stark is a Stark and Howard has his wit and charm that aids him in pulling Peggy Carter back into the action because he doesn’t believe that she belongs riding a desk. This act of persuasion sets them—and Woodrow McCord—directly in the path of a reorganizing HYDRA.
“The HYDRA in our book is a splinter group operating in a remote place co-opting a good part of the imprisoned Soviet brain trust.”
Immonen promises that HYDRA will not be the only recognizable vestige of the Marvel Universe Peggy and Howard will encounter. Immonen wets the appetite with that little tease, but she keeps any further details close to vest.
“The sliding time line of the comics universe can make it difficult to figure out who we can use in a way that makes sense but I can tell you you’ll see two characters in their early days, just before they truly come into their powers. Also, I think my love for talking animals is well known. I’ll just leave it there.”
What does Moisan think of all of this?
“That’s a recipe for one amazing book in my opinion.”