The Winter Soldier‘s investigation into the missing third Soviet sleeper agent leads the the discovery that Leo Novokov was awoken 12 years prior during an earthquake and has been loose in America ever since.
Intercut with S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s investigation we get flashbacks into Leo’s time spent on the streets, attempting to make sense of a world that doesn’t fit his shattered memories – until he learns of the Winter Soldier and is contacted by an ex-KGB agent Boris Kolchek and starts to put the pieces together.
With the Soviet Union gone, and unwilling to work for a bitter remnant of the Cold War such as Kolchek, Novokov begins making his own plans which include drawing the Winter Soldier out of hiding after his apparent “death.” In order to do so he’ll destroy someone from Bucky’s past.
Although this storyline doesn’t appear to have Doombots or gorillas with machine guns, it’s setting up to be very much an old fashioned spy thriller. Worth a look.