C2E2 2010

C2E2 2010: Steve Rogers: Super-Soldier

Ed Brubaker and Dale Eaglesham set the original Captain America down an exciting new path!

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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
Brubaker explains the thought process that went into Steve Rogers' latest foray into action following the blockbuster Siege.

"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 Nomad and how he'll acclimate to his new role.

"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
"I don't think the public at large will know anything about what he's doing," Brubaker says. "He'll be more like a James Bond for the Marvel Universe, operating covertly to save the world."

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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23 comments
chrism76
chrism76

It's been.. 15 minutes since my last comment and had time to think about a few things. If Steve Rogers is no longer Captain America, perhaps I wouldn't quit on Steve, if his stories are great and actually goes around the world for missions but he has to have a Shield of some kind (material or electronic gizmo Stark or Black Panther could design). Like they used to say in the 80's... Make mine Marvel

chrism76
chrism76

Well I've been collecting the Captain America title since 1986, when Johnny Walker was Captain America and took me a while to get accustomed to Steve Rogers as the real Cap. Since then, of course Captain America is Steve Rogers and today I finally told my local comic dealer to no longer keep any Captain America titles for me. I like Bucky but I don't like the idea of spending money seing him as Captain America and letting Steve Rogers do his little thing with the Avengers. I will look into the new Steve Rogers: Super-Soldier but if things don't get better, I'll either look for another title or call my comic collecting days over.. at 34years of age :)

Captain_America121
Captain_America121

I like Ed Brubaker a lot, and I think this will be good, but I thought they revived Steve so he could be Captain America.

BlackSamurai
BlackSamurai

Well, "Cap", solicits hint that USAgent has a chance at this not having been a lethal strike, but I guess I'll know for sure when the T'bolt comics and/or Mighty A comic hits stands today.We all know how last pages sometimes make things look more severe for drama. Still similar to my Bill Foster/Frost Giant campaign (which probably would never see the light of day because following an unsolicited fan idea or seeming to is taken as grounds to get sued and other such things like seeming unprofessional for taking an idea from the frowned upon fanfic-esque web. I just thought it an interesting natural progression from so many Asgard related deaths of late and a way to have extra variety amongst the giant characters. ...and resurrections are not unheard of in a god's powerset, so it makes sense there too. Marvel, does it help if in this same forum I'm touting the idea I confirm that I want in no way monetary or public credit for this? 'Cause I don't. I want no credit, and lay no claims to this as a comic idea. I'd just love to see this development and have Bill back as something interesting to boot. The scores of Pym particle characters could do with some freshness.[quote@weirmonken First, I just wanted to say thank you to BlackSamurai for his insightful commentary. Also, Bill Foster as a Frost Giant is simply brilliant. If written by Dan Slott or Christopher Priest, it could potentially be one of the best comics on the market today.[/quote] No, thank you Weirmonken, (and a continuous shout out to Agent 27 for keeping the follow up). You make a good point, since it always helps to actually do something high quality with returns of any nature, else they just fade back into the background and get eyed again as excess that can be trimmed in an event.[quote@weirmonken Now, I'm certain that no matter what happens, this will be an entertaining read, and I sincerely hope that Brubaker (and the editorial staff) will show proper respect for the work of their predecessors. In fact, it could be something as simple as "gel bullets", like those employed by Jasper Cole from Black Panther, or some other non-lethal alternative. Further, there is no doubt that Brubaker understood that such an incendiary choice as having Steve Rogers posing with a pistol on the cover of this comic would create controversy, and therefore drive up sales, much like the cover of Captain America #321, which features him firing a machine gun. So, we shall see what unfolds. I just sincerely hope that continuity of characterization is not sacrificed to the gods of marketability. It was that sort of decision making that contributed in large part to the dismal storytelling produced by Marvel in the 1990s.[/quote] Yes, characterization always needs to be expanded on with taste. I wouldn't stray from certain tenants for certain characters because some of them are made expressly to portray a timeless ideal and things like that, but at the end of the day, I can stomach even the nicest of guys becoming an axe murderer if story lead up to it makes it sensible and not forced. I have yet to see what leads Steve to be a gun user, but I recognize just as much that having one doesn't have to mean he's become any less respectful of non-lethal solutions outside of wartime; and, as was said, this isn't automatically making him the Punisher or anything.

CapAm
CapAm

:cap: Oh yeah, I'm back. Even though Marvel botched the ending of my "Reborn" story they are making up for it with ANOTHER mini-series! Thanks! Long time readers may remember other times when I struck out on my own with a new look and mission: I used the moniker Nomad of course a long time ago and and then a few years later I quit being Cap after the US government told me that I didn't own my shield and costumed identity. I was replaced as Cap by reformed villain John Walker, aka Super Patriot. I received a new shield from Tony Stark ( but soon returned it while we were feuding) and adopted a black and red costume and the code name The Captain. Eventually the government apologized to me and I accepted my old costume back and all was soon forgiven. As you can see this is nothing new but I'm looking forward to being known as Steve Rogers, the not-dead-anymore guy. On a side note- I just learned that John Walker, long known as US Agent and costar of the smash hit comic Omega Flight, recently was killed in the line of superhero duty. Maybe when I return as Captain America good ol' Bucky could become the new US Agent? Mr. Brubaker?

szensei
szensei

maybe Steve Roger's gun fires TIME BULLETS lol

dudeney41987
dudeney41987

Man!i have feeling this going to be a great story im not goanna doubt Brubaker for this story :dead:

ageightyeight
ageightyeight

Looking forward to this new mini-series. I enjoy Brubaker's writing so much I'm hoping for at least an extra issue or two out of this mini-series. Hopefully, the series will tie a little bit into Secret Avengers.Bill Foster for Frost Giant and Van Dyne for Valkyrie in 2010!

weirmonken
weirmonken

First, I just wanted to say thank you to BlackSamurai for his insightful commentary. Also, Bill Foster as a Frost Giant is simply brilliant. If written by Dan Slott or Christopher Priest, it could potentially be one of the best comics on the market today.Back to the topic at hand, I have mixed feelings about this revelation about Steve's future. Ed Brubaker is a fantastic writer, and his gritty style has repositioned Cap into territories that had been barely explored previously, which have obviously proved to be marketable to Marvel's current fanbase.Moreover, Steve has performed admirably outside of the role as Cap previously, most notably as "The Captain" during Gruenwald's brilliant early writing for Cap in the mid-'80s. Further, his past in WWII and as a freelance agent of SHIELD do position him perfectly for this sort of role, and I do like the costume.Yet, I do cringe at Steve employing a pistol. I can accept the repositioning of Bucky as a gun-toting assassin extraordinaire, as characterization was never a concern for the writers of the '40s, and while Roy Thomas' "Invaders" run may have given him a bit more depth, there was certainly wriggle room.On the other hand, there have been many decades of writers striving to define Steve Rogers. Although diverse hands may have passed over the character, there has emerged a certain core to Steve that set him apart from other heroes: his unwavering dedication to his ideals and principles. One of the core tenants of Steve's ethical code is his refusal to commit murder unless circumstances absolutely demand that immediate action is taken to prevent the greater loss of life. In fact, the first time Steve shot someone, he spent several issues agonizing over the decision, and he nearly left the Avengers after they decided to murder the Supreme Intelligence for committing genocide against his own people.Now, a person could make a fallacious argument in which Steve has decided to employ handguns because "the stakes are higher today than ever before" or that "in his line of work, thousands of lives are at stake on a regular basis" and that it would be more expedient for him to solve his problems with a 9mm. This sort of thing falls apart rather quickly, however, when we consider a few historical precedents, such as:1. Tales of Suspense #79-81: Red Skull gains control of the Cosmic Cube, allowing the most despicable Nazi war criminal on the planet to rewrite reality as he saw fit.2. Captain America #101: Red Skull activates the Sleepers, weapons of mass destruction designed by the Nazis to destroy the western world is retaliation for the Allies defeating the Axis power. An example would be the Fourth Sleeper, which could travel intangibly underground and create Pompeii-level volcanic explosions in cities across the planet.3. Avengers v3: The Kang Dynasty: For a more modern example, Kang launches a full-scale war against Earth, employing forces which greatly outmatch the present day technology of even Marvel's Earth-616, as well as vastly greater numbers.In none of these scenarios did Steve feel justified in employing lethal force, despite circumstances that presented the highest stakes imaginable. To do so would betray what can be considered the core concept of his character and therefore defecating on the many talented, creative people who strove for decades to give Steve Rogers a clear voice.Now, I'm certain that no matter what happens, this will be an entertaining read, and I sincerely hope that Brubaker (and the editorial staff) will show proper respect for the work of their predecessors. In fact, it could be something as simple as "gel bullets", like those employed by Jasper Cole from Black Panther, or some other non-lethal alternative. Further, there is no doubt that Brubaker understood that such an incendiary choice as having Steve Rogers posing with a pistol on the cover of this comic would create controversy, and therefore drive up sales, much like the cover of Captain America #321, which features him firing a machine gun. So, we shall see what unfolds. I just sincerely hope that continuity of characterization is not sacrificed to the gods of marketability. It was that sort of decision making that contributed in large part to the dismal storytelling produced by Marvel in the 1990s.

Pabl007
Pabl007

I was hoping Marvel would do exactly this with Steve. It makes me so happy. I cant wait to see what he can do without his shield. I love his new costume too.

redlitez76
redlitez76

I can see steve holding a gun im okay with that. here is my reason.1. no shield 2. he would only use as last resort,and it looks like he only has one so he not gonna turn into frank castle.3. he has respect for weapon so he's not going to carelessly whip it out and start blasting.But what's up with those boots? They don't match his clothes and the red stripes? what is he a prison trustee?

silentprocess
silentprocess

[quote@moonknight342 Ok whose idea was it to give Steve a gun?? He would be totally against holding a gun. Love the costume though.[/quote] Why would cap be against holding a gun? He fought in WWII for gods sakes! He's a soldier and soldiers use weapons. What do you expect him to do carry around a shield for the rest of his life to please his Fanboys?! Geesh let the characters develop and be something other than what they have been for the past 70 years...

silentprocess
silentprocess

[quote@Ricardo_M well i am really really really not ok with thisit makes the hole reborn series for nothing i mean, why would we waste our time bringing back Steve if he's not going to CAPTAIN AMERICA :hulk: well in conclusion i will stop reading CAPTAIN AMERICA if they don't bring THE REAL CAPTAIN AMERICA not bucky. Bucky can go back being Winter SoldierEd Brubaker, you almost lost me when he was killed nowyou really done it that's it marvel has lost a loyal fan of Cap :cap:I hope DC Comics does a better job and bring the BATMAN Grayson can go back being Nightwing :dead:[/quote] Good riddance I say! Marvel lost a whiner.....

vizro
vizro

this is bullshit why have the Reborn oh I know so marvel can make us spend more on Cap the return to the suit limited series that brubaker will also trash cap is an american symbol and thats what steve rogers is not bucky

BlackSamurai
BlackSamurai

I'm slightly conflicted.On the one hand, this very role Steve is [appearing] to be taking ['cause I admit, that not enough is revealed about it to be able to know for sure] seems like it would have fit Bucky just fine, or better - a James Bond of the MU (although I was thinking more Jack Bauer than Bond if it was Buck - heck, his name is even James Barnes).On the other hand, this is Marvel proactively keeping Cap out of the same old, same old, and I can't fault that way of thinking when there was some merit to thoughts that on his own, Cap was a bit square and arguably dull (I don't personally agree but I can respect many's reaching that conclusion). Bru has impressed me with Cap and cast, and if read outside of fans' gripes or the bad syncing of MU related stories before Reborn concluded everything he did with the 'death' to 'rebirth' was extremely entertaining. So now we have the newness of seeing Bucky be Captain America and what that brings, and a purpose for Steve Rogers that puts newness on him too. It wouldn't have happened if he just went back to being Cap. He would have still meant all he did to the MU as Cap, but it would have been 'comfortable' versus 'new, unknown and exciting'. A side note on all of that too is that had Bucky been given this role, or even been Winter Soldier under Bru, he would have continued to grow and been outshining Cap in interesting treatments; and I guess that's sorta not right - both deserve to shine. Plus, I still see Steve as Cap and feel he should (plus believe he will) be just that again. I also believe many other fans see him that way too, so for now, I'll continue to enjoy seeing what Buck can bring to the Cap image and what Steve will enjoy doing in his "new" role (not like I have much of a choice since it IS what Marvel is doing after all).All I hope though is that they get past this endless and tiresome dialogue of why Bucky is the right man to wield the shield and all that... they didn't totally sell me that it was this big phenomenon with the handing over, and it made the whole SIEGE: Captain America one shot seem like it didn't really add anything to the event like how S:YA and S:Loki did, and that they could have just skipped it. He's got the shield, he's capable as Cap, let's get on with the adventures and the reveals of what other aspects of Steve's glimpse into the possible future influenced his decision, because to me, that's way more pertinent than any other show through the past having been "Oh so traumatic..." that he had to take a rest from being Cap.So, conflicted? Yes. overall confident I can enjoy the next few arcs and possibly years to come? Definitely! Boycotting the book seems like a lot of overreacting for people trying to continue to bring good stories to this corner of the MU. There are times utter mess is done with some books, but this seems like a good enough path to follow, until Steve getting the colors again will be actually exciting and not just matter of fact.

GundamAce
GundamAce

know what, this could work. the uniform looks cool and everything and the angle sounds cool so this could work.

Ricardo_M
Ricardo_M

well i am really really really not ok with thisit makes the hole reborn series for nothing i mean, why would we waste our time bringing back Steve if he's not going to CAPTAIN AMERICA :hulk: well in conclusion i will stop reading CAPTAIN AMERICA if they don't bring THE REAL CAPTAIN AMERICA not bucky. Bucky can go back being Winter SoldierEd Brubaker, you almost lost me when he was killed nowyou really done it that's it marvel has lost a loyal fan of Cap :cap:I hope DC Comics does a better job and bring the real BATMAN and ****Grayson can go back being Nightwing :dead:

Zajdalen
Zajdalen

That costume is just awesome. This will rock!

moonknight342
moonknight342

Ok whose idea was it to give Steve a gun?? He would be totally against holding a gun. Love the costume though.

Windblast
Windblast

This is awesome! We finally get to see what happens to Steve after Cap! :cap:

silentprocess
silentprocess

This is great, Steve needs a new direction and who is better to take him in that direction than good ol' Brubaker? The guy who brought back Bucky and made him into an amazing character!

Winter_So1dier
Winter_So1dier

looks interesting. cap with a gun...i dunno what to think about that but here's hoping we'll get some WW2ish action in the process.