Captain America: The Fighting Avenger

Brian Clevinger provides a new perspective on Steve Rogers' roots in this World War II-set ongoing series!

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By Tim Stevens

It may be freezing cold outside this January, but fans of Captain America will be able to warm up with a hot new ongoing series: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIGHTING AVENGER, courtesy of writer Brian Clevinger.

For Clevinger, writing Captain America in his first project with Marvel came as an easy choice.

"Cap is a great character," he says. "It's easy to paint him as a symbol of jingoism, but to do so requires that you to ignore his whole history. Cap is everything we should seek to be as citizens both of our nation and of the world. He embodies this ceaseless optimism about what America could be and what we ought to be as Americans. Who wouldn't want to work with that?"

However, to do so, Clevinger felt he had to offer something unique on the Sentinel of Liberty. As such, his tale takes fans back to Captain America's early days, post-serum, but pre-legend; the time that shaped Steve Rogers into the Captain America everyone respects today. For the writer, this period promised the most fertile ground for looking at Cap with new eyes.

"Even when you do flashbacks to his World War II days, he already carries himself with the confidence and capability that comes with all his training and experience," Clevinger asserts. "[But] Steve Rogers was just a kid before he got the Super Soldier Serum. He's the lone product of what was

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meant to be an expansive super soldier program to counter all the crazy projects the Axis had been getting up to. I don't care how much training you get, a rookie is a rookie. He's going to make some mistakes, have some doubts, and learn a lot."

Teaching Cap these lessons will be a wide range of threats dreamed up by the Nazis, from infantrymen, all the way up through some decidedly more unusual weapons.

"Cap goes where he's needed," Clevinger says. "Sometimes that's going to be conventional warfare and sometimes that's going to be giant monsters."

However, wherever Cap goes, he does not go alone. Back in World War II, the Star-Spangled Avenger had not yet become super hero we know today and so he strode into battle like any other soldier: with a platoon getting his back.

"Cap is the peak of human athleticism and that's going to be a huge edge on the field of combat, but he's still human and he's still just one man, one part of a larger fighting force," Clevinger explains. "Our goal is to show Cap busting Nazis and their weird technologies without overshadowing the contributions of un-enhanced soldiers."

 

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