Captain America Lives
The Star-Spangled Avenger Returns in Captain America #34, with a new costume designed by Alex Ross
Steve Rogers, the Sentinel of Liberty, was cut down in a hail of gunfire in March’s CAPTAIN AMERICA #25. And whether or not you agree with the decision, he’s still dead. But a character as iconic and important as Cap can never truly die. Who better to reimagine Cap for a new age, a new character, a new costume, than Alex Ross? Working closely with Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting and Tom Brevoort, Captain America makes his returnor debut, if you preferin January’s CAPTAIN AMERICA #34.
So why did it take nine months to reinstate Captain America? Rest assured, it was all in the cards. “This was always the plan, to havewith issue #34, halfway through the whole big, ‘Death of Captain America’ epic storya new Cap,” explains Brubaker. “So, you know, it’s all very, very planned out, believe it or not. Laughs I have an extensive notebook that I sometimes lose. Laughs Which is kind of traumatic.”
Luckily, 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.”
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