We’ve been waiting quite some time for Captain America to return, and he will in Captain America #34 arriving in January. But according to Marvel, we won’t be seeing Steve Rogers as Cap – he’s still dead.
To help reimagine the new character and new costume Marvel has Alex Ross stepping up to help out.
The design of the costume moves away from the chain mail design readers have known for years, and while the shield is still the same, look for the new Captain America to carry a gun.
Take the jump for more info and images!
Luckily, [Ed] Brubaker never lost sight of working with Ross, an idea that’d been percolating for a while. “Well it was my suggestion to Tom [Brevoort], like months and months ago, knowing that we were going to have a new Cap starting in January,” admits Brubaker. “You know, just an off-handed suggestion, let’s see if we can get Alex Ross to help design the costume, thinking there was no possible way. I think this is when I found out that they were doing [AVENGERS/INVADERS]. Tom was like, ‘You know that’s not exactly outside the realm of possibility,’ and I was like, ‘What?!’ [Laughs] So as it got closer to needing something, Tom actually broached the subject and asked Alex about it. I didn’t know him at all, but yeah, it was great.”
“Steve [Epting] did some drawings as well, bouncing off of things I was throwing at them. From the first time I had got the call, I did some drawings within about a day or two. I had an idea in my head immediately of what I would want to try and it largely incorporated this influence of a dark costume that had, say, a focal element of a shield on his chest—his old 1940s shield as if it was put on his chest plate,” says Ross.
Marvel is still keeping the identity of Captain America secret, but a gun carrying knife weilding hero should narrow the playing field. I’m sure the fans have already figured out who is going to wear the red, white, and blue.
“Well I think in many ways we want people to react with whatever emotions that come to mind,” says Ross. “The idea that Captain America would have an offensive weapon like a gun…if it’s an upset feeling, we want it to be so. We want it to feel like, ‘Oh, he’s got a gun now. Captain America with a gun?!’ You know, it should stick in your mind that that’s something. This is not your father’s Captain America, so to speak. It’s a more brutish interpretation, at this point, for the modern age.”
Let the talk back begin! Captain America #34 hits stores in January.