Captain America Returns with New Look, New TacticsWritten by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
For Captain America the times they are a’changin’, as well as his costume and equipment. The famous flag-wearing super-hero, created in 1940, will once again grace the pages of Marvel Comics albeit with a new identity, a new set of fighting togs, and will now carry a gun and knife in addition to his famous shield.
Earlier this year, Steve Rogers, who became Captain America at the beginning of World War II, was killed off by Marvel. Since that time, his comic series has detailed a world without his heroism and patriotism and his friends’ struggle with Steve’s legacy. Marvel has just unveiled artwork and plans for another character to take up the mantle of Captain America and fill the gap left by his legendary predecessor.
Mega-popular illustrator Alex Ross has designed a new look for Cap that echoes the original costume yet also makes a clear distinction that this is a different individual with his own distinctive take on what an American hero should be. Gone is much of the original outfit’s blue (replaced by black), and evident is a utility belt –with a controversial pistol and knife. Reaction to the new armament has been strong throughout comic fans but Marvel insists the look is reverent to the original and that the gun and knife are nothing new to the character. A quick perusal of WWII-era stories will show that Cap often toted a gun to deal with Nazis and other dangers to American soil.
Ed Brubaker, current writer of the series and the architect of the ongoing death-and-resurrection storyline, is quick to point out that the entire event is not a gimmick and has been part of Marvel’s long-range plans all along. The author also swings people’s attention to the new costume’s chest plate, an obvious homage to Cap’s original pointed shield from WWII. Ross himself admits there isn’t anything that’s utterly “new” about the design and feels its more “timeless” than “modern”. Both men are proud of the effect and look forward to reader reaction to the new Captain America and uniform in action.
The updated hero and outfit will debut in “Captain America” #34, slated for release on January 16th. A large-size poster of the Alex Ross painting is also available separately.