While your New Year's Resolution will no doubt be something mundane like doing sit-ups every morning or learning French, Marvel Comics and Ed Brubaker are starting to start 2008 off right with no less than the resurrection of an American Icon. The only question is, is this a new America or the old one?
Designed by Alex Ross, this Captain America, Steve Rogers or otherwise, comes equipped with several tweaks to the familiar look. New to the costume altogether is the color black, acting as an overwhelming shade that dominates the outfit from the boot to the shoulders and frames the familiar stars and stripes, creating a triangular chest piece reminiscent of the original shield. Most notable, however, may be the apparent addition of a gun and a knife to the Captain's formerly one dimensional arsenal. Do these signal a greater emphasis on the soldier aspect of the super-soldier, or is Cap packing stun bullets and a knife that shoots sleeping gas?
Unfortunately, you'll have to wait 'til January's release of Captain America #34 before any answers are revealed. Until then, all we can be certain about is that the man under the mask is a white male, a fact that precludes former contenders Sam Wilson and Sharon Carter from the running for new Cap. Winter Soldier, however, still remains a strong possibility, as does a reborn, time displaced, alternate reality, or otherwise hastily resurrected Steve Rogers.
For more details on the new Captain America, or new, old Captain America, check with Newsarama at 10 a.m. tomorrow for interviews with Ed Brubaker and Alex Ross.ALEX ROSS & ED BRUBAKER ON CAP'S NEW LOOK