The current Captain America title by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee just came to a close. To take its place, Marvel is launching a new Captain America series in July as part of their “Fresh Start” reboot initiative. And they’ve enlisted none other than current Black Panther writer Ta-Nehisi Coates to guide Steve Rogers’ adventures.
“I think it’s a really exciting time to be writing Captain America right now,” Coates said in a statement. “The country is in an interesting place, and I look forward to inhabiting Steve Rogers’ character – this guy who has been a sort of awkward fit for the world, out of time as people say. I hope fans are excited to see something different, and I think there are some really compelling villains old school Captain America fans and Marvel fans will be familiar with.”
Coates went into more detail about why he decided to take on writing Captain America in an essay at The Atlantic. It’s definitely worth a read, and he’ll certainly bring a different focus to the character.
“Finding the right voice to tell the tales of Marvel’s beloved characters is never an easy task, but when it came time to hire the new hand to guide Captain America, we just knew it had to be Ta-Nehisi Coates!” added Editor-In-Chief C.B. Cebulski. “After re-inventing the Black Panther for the modern era, Ta-Nehisi now brings his sharp scripting sensibilities to Steve Rogers and his new place in the Marvel Universe. With Leinil Yu and Sunny Gho bringing all the incredible action to life in big, bold visuals, you will not be able to put this book down. And our launch is timed perfectly for release on the Fourth of July!”
Coates will be joined by Leinil Francis Yu on art, while Alex Ross will provide painted covers for the series. The first Coates/Yu Captain America story will appear in the Avengers/Captain America Free Comic Book Day Special, which arrives on May 5. This is all good news, but what is also good news is that Captain America will not take the place of Black Panther on Coates slate. Considering his two years and counting on Black Panther have been some of the best in the character’s history, it’s great to hear he has room on his schedule for both.
Check out the trailer Marvel released to celebrate the new series…
The new Captain America series launches, appropriately enough, on the Fourth of July.