Suspicion flits through Steve Rogers’ mind. Something was taken from him. He can’t account for time. Not all of it. If only he knew that the events he struggles to remember represent one of his darkest hours, when his friends betrayed him, snubbed out the very memory, and cast him out from their trust.
This May, starting in AVENGERS #29 by Jonathan Hickman and Leinil Francis Yu, Captain America remembers.
“Since the first issue of AVENGERS and the very beginning of NEW AVENGERS, it’s the thing that’s been sitting in the background, the thing you knew would come to a head,” says Hickman. “Captain America remembering. That the Illuminati reformed and kicked him out because he didn’t have his blood up enough. He remembers.”Following the loss of the reassembled Infinity Gauntlet in a desperate effort to prevent a collision of worlds, Captain America refused to concede to his brethren in the Illuminati. Aware Cap would likely never yield, Tony Stark and Stephen Strange removed him from the equation, tabula rasa in place of the memory.
Meanwhile, Hickman plans to bring the long-simmering feud between Black Panther and Namor to a head in NEW AVENGERS. Considering that that standoff played out in bloody war between Wakanda and Atlantis, the next stage in their conflict could shatter worlds.
“Namor basically betrayed Black Panther and, in essence, the whole Illuminati in order to preserve what was left of Atlantis,” says Hickman, in reference to the Atlantean’s cloak and dagger maneuvering during Thanos’ recent invasion.
INFINITY represented a major turning point in that saga, but now that the smoke is cleared, the writer hopes to take that more personal conflict “full steam ahead.” While Hickman thrilled at the scope and gravity of INFINITY, he’s equally excited for the character studies at the center of Original Sin and its themes of betrayal and atonement. Wronged so profoundly, can either Captain America or Black Panther even consider forgiveness?
“I think we’ve skirted around the question of these heroes’ capacity to do something villainous, because they don’t have any other choice,” Hickman notes. “These issues during Original Sin will answer that. The next year for both AVENGERS and NEW AVENGERS is going to be pretty crazy. We’ve got Valerio Schiti on art in NEW AVENGERS and Leinil Yu drawing AVENGERS, and the books just look beautiful. Both of these are six-issue arcs, and both of those guys are just killing it.”
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