Cap In The Saddle Again
O.K. By now you’re heard that "Captain America" will be returning to Captain America, in issue #34. Place your orders today, folks!
I have no problem with Cap’s return. It was inevitable. That’s fine. I don’t know if it’ll be Steve Rogers resurrected; I certainly hope not. That sort of shoddy storytelling got tiresome about 20 years ago. Like the flag and the nation for which he was named, Captain America endures and that’s fine by me.
I’m not going to join the loud chorus of nay-sayers who have been pooping all over Alex Ross’s brand-new costume design. Cap’s got a gun and a knife? Bg deal. He’s a soldier, remember? If a gun was good enough for Alex Schaumberg, it’s good enough for Ross and for me.
However, there is a storytelling problem here. If the costume is so vital that it must survive as the skin of another, as it had before in the 1950s, then why change the costume? I guess we’ll find out. I hope we’ll find out.
Of course, the costume will generate a lot of toy and merchandising sales. And it’ll probably look good in the movie, although I’m a bit tired of never seeing the "real" costume in the movies. Even the teevee movies. But as ComicMix podcast producer Mike Raub said, it’s only temporary.
I’m sure Mike’s right. Captain America is the flag, after all. It didn’t survive radical change – remember the 15 bar version? – and it has only been altered to reflect the nation’s growth.
Hopefully, so will Captain America. In times like these, we need to be reminded of our true American values. So should Washington, but I’ve a lot more faith in Marvel Comics than I do in President Bush.