Here is some really great news to start your day – Mark Waid and Chris Samnee are taking over Captain America as the creative team beginning with issue #695.
The announcement was made during the Secret Empire panel at the San Diego Comic Con. This creative team switch is part of the Marvel Legacy publishing initiative.
“Steve is kind of tired of being the couch-surfer of the Marvel Universe, he’s never really had a place to call his own other than Avengers Mansion,” Waid said during the panel. “This is him getting back in touch with Captain America, learning how people perceive Captain America in light of Secret Empire.”
To do this, Steve Rogers will take… wait for it… a road trip.
What is it with people taking road trips to find themselves? Superman did this a few years ago, and of course Green Arrow and Green Lantern did this in the Hard Travelin’ Heroes run. This isn’t even the first time Steve Rogers has done this, as he did something similar during his Nomad and The Captain runs.
“Hit the Road” stories can trace their roots back to the movie Easy Rider, which came out in 1969. The movie has Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and briefly Jack Nickolson traveling the highways of America seeing how the nation was changing and how faith, drugs, liberalism, conservative, and racist tendencies were changing the country. As we’ve seen in other comic book stories like this, it has always lead to the characters getting back to basics.
Getting back to basics is exactly what the new run of Captain America will be about as Marvel Comics assistant editor, Alanna Smith said the Waid and Samnee run will “be the Steve Rogers that we all know and love.”
Not only will the character get back to basics, artist Chris Samnee is bringing back a classic look for Cap.
— 🗣CHRIS SAMNEE (@ChrisSamnee) July 21, 2017
I’m down for this, and I’m guess most comic book readers will be as well.
Captain America #695 is scheduled to arrive in November 2017.