Look who’s back. Back again. Steve is back. Tell a friend.
While watching ABC’s “Captain America: 75 Heroic Years” special last night, I was caught off-guard when towards the end of the show they sort of casually announced ” Oh, and this summer Steve Rogers, the original Captain America, is coming back in comics.” Immediately I rushed to the interwebs to find out as much info about this as I could, but unfortunately I couldn’t find anything.
This morning, however, I can’t turn a digital corner without bumping into some sort of news regarding the return of the classic Star-Spangled Avenger. Not that I’m complaining.
Here’s the scoop:
Steve is somehow returned to his correct age. That’s right, his CORRECT age (don’t get me started). After the events of Standoff, Marvel’s soon-to-be running comic crossover event, Steve, now fully rejuvenated, will reclaim the mantle of Captain America and continue to fight the good fight against evil and tyranny in Marvel’s new series “Captain America: Steve Rogers” written by Nick Spencer and illustrated by Jesus Saiz.
Spencer comments on the newest chapter;
“Without spoiling too much of Standoff at this early date, something happens that restores Steve to full vigor, which will obviously greatly impact his own mission and his standing within the Marvel Universe. The biggest part of that? He’s Captain America once again.”
And even though we all know a major factor in Steve’s return is his return to the big screen this summer in “Captain America: Civil War”, Spencer explains why it makes sense in the comic continuity as well:
“The country is as divided as it’s ever been, and Steve is one of a kind; he’s a unifying figure, someone we can all look up to, [and] someone we can all put our faith in,” Spencer states. “It’s no secret the Marvel Universe is about to enter a period of serious conflict with Civil War II looming on the horizon, and as such, it feels like the perfect moment to bring Steve back into fighting shape.”
But just because Steve is picking up the shield again doesn’t mean Sam Wilson, Rogers’ long-time friend and current Captain America, is putting his down. Spencer explains:
“It means we’ll have two Captain Americas. When Steve handed the shield to Sam, it didn’t come with any caveats. It’s his. Steve respects and admires what his old partner is doing, and wants him to carry on. There are enough problems out there, and enough bad guys, to keep both of them busy. They’ll have very different missions; Sam will continue fighting the battles no one else will go near, while Steve is faced with a resurgent threat from his past: Hydra is back, and stronger than ever.”
So for those keeping track, this means starting this summer fans will have two Captain America books to read- one with Sam and one with Steve, both being written by the same guy, who, in my opinion, has been doing a great job with the current book.
“For me, it’s great, because I get to tell two very different kinds of Captain America stories. If you’re liking what we’re doing in Captain America: Sam Wilson, with a more topical, of-the-moment take, we’ve got a lot more of that coming your way,” the writer said. “But if you’re looking for that classic, timeless version, the one that’s steeped in the Greatest Generation with Cap fighting the face of true evil, now we’ve got that for you as well. I think they’ll complement each other nicely.”
But with only one indestructible vibranium shield in the world, Steve’s gonna need some new equipment if he’s to face off against evil once again. From the cover of issue #1 we see that Steve is getting new duds, designed by artist Daniel Acuna, and a brand-spankin’ new shield. Artist Jesus Saiz fills us in with some details on Cap’s new gear.
“Its shape is similar to the original shield Cap had back in the 1940’s, the pointy one, but this one has two main innovations: its tip can deploy an “energy blade” so Cap can cut into things, and the shield can be divided in two, so Steve can use both halves, one with each arm. Both modifications will help us see a completely different set of moves for Captain America, moves that we [have] never seen Steve use before, in terms of hand-to-hand combat.”
I’m excited to see where we go over the next year with Sam and Steve, and glad to see Steve will be joined in his new adventure by his best gal, Sharon Carter (AKA Agent 13) and his life-long buddy Bucky, the Winter Soldier. Be on the lookout for more news regarding Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 in the future!