By Jim Beard
Award-winning writer Ed Brubaker and artist Dale Eaglesham of FANTASTIC FOUR join forces this July to debut a new life, a new role and a new mission for the man formerly known as Captain America.
STEVE ROGERS: SUPER-SOLDIER, a four-issue limited series, reintroduces one of Marvel's longest-running characters in an entirely new light. No longer Captain America and with his old sidekick wielding the famous shield, Steve Rogers must forge ahead and carve out a new place for himself in the Marvel Universe.
|Steve Rogers character design|
"It felt like Bucky was doing a great job as Cap, fans dig him in the role [and] I enjoy writing him as Cap," he says. "And it occurred to me that Steve was going to get put through the wringer on his way back to the present, and may have reasons for not wanting to put the Cap uniform back on and go all public for a while, if not forever."
Those reasons remain classified information for now, but conjure up questions concerning Rogers' long-time career as Captain America, his brief sojourn as
"You'll have to read SUPER-SOLDIER to find out," Brubaker suggests. "Those questions are part of his journey, things he has to ask himself."
Steve Rogers does not exist in a vacuum, of course, and the Marvel Universe's reaction to his new mission may prove to be significantly different than their attitude towards his previous one.
|STEVE ROGERS: SUPER-SOLDIER #1 cover by Carlos Pacheco|
Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of STEVE ROGERS: SUPER-SOLDIER may come in waiting to see if Steve takes on a new look or codename. Brubaker says that too will be revealed in the series.
"Definitely a new outfit, one that more suits his current role," he promises. "But most people are just calling him 'Steve' so far."
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