May 30th 2011 By: Andy Khouri
After more than four years, Steve Rogers
will once again assume the mantle of Captain America
, and just in time for his new movie, too. July will see not just the much anticipated release of the Captain America: The First Avenger
film but also Marvel Comics'
brand new Captain America
series, which returns Steve Rogers to the forefront and in his classic costume. The series will be written by longtime Cap architect Ed Brubaker
and feature artwork by Civil War
superstar Steve McNiven
Read on for new details about the forthcoming Captain America
relaunch -- but be warned for SPOILERS
Marvel hyped the new Captain America series in a live chat session with Brubaker, McNiven and editor Tom Brevoort that was facilitated by Junior Sales Administrator James Viscardi and moderated by Marvel.com editors Ryan Penagos and Ben J, Morse. Along with some teases of the new story, the Marvel crew released a number of preview images by McNiven and others.
Brubaker's current Captain America series will become Captain America & Bucky, co-written with Marc Andreyko (Manhunter, Torso) and illustrated by Chris Samnee (Thor: The Mighty Avenger). The series will follow Steve and Bucky's partnership through the years.
The new series opens with a funeral for Peggy Carter, the former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent with whom Steve Rogers was romantically involved during World War II. The character's prominent role in Captain America: The First Avenger informed Brubaker's decision to kill her off in the comics, as it would create poignancy for Cap, who remains a "man out of time" and someone who continues to fight the war "in his mind."
The new series will be a tonal mix of superheroics, politics and espionage in the style of James Bond.
No information about the fate of current Captain America, Bucky Barnes. "Just wait and see."
Brubaker and McNiven are creating new villains for the series, although familiar baddies will be present as well. One will be like Rogers in that he is another "man out of time."
Brubaker enjoyed writer Steve Englehart 's work on Captain America that commented on Watergate without directly addressing it and wants to continue to address real world issues in that "superhero way."
S.H.I.E.L.D. remains disbanded at the start of the new series.
The new Captain America series is designed to welcome new readers who are intrigued by the film, but Brubaker will not abandon the stories and characters he and his readers have been following for the last five years.
The first arc of Captain America will return to the Marvel Universe an obscure character who has not been seen in 60 years. He was described by Brubaker as "one of the weirdest Marvel characters ever."
#1 goes on sale July 13 in comics stores everywhere and can also be pre-ordered now at Things From Another World