Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Preview: Captain America: The Chosen

The Captain America uniform has been not filled since Steve Rogers death. Who will be the new Captain America? A new series is about to answer that very question:

This fall, prepare to experience a Captain America story like no other—and learn just who Steve Rogers chooses to carry on his legacy!
Posted August 18, 2007 9:30 AM

Written by David Morrell
Pencils & Cover by Mitch Breitweiser
Variant Cover by TRAVIS CHAREST
Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC—8/16/07, On-Sale—9/05/07

Who Will Be Captain America’s “Chosen” Successor?

David Morrell, New York Times best-selling novelist, creator of Rambo and winner of the 2007 Inkpot Award, takes on the Sentinel of Liberty in Captain America: The Chosen #1 (of 6). Following in the tradition of the sold-out and critically acclaimed Spider-Man: Reign and Silver Surfer: Requiem, this brand new Marvel Knights series chronicles the final days of Captain America as he searches for a successor. Illustrated by fan favorite Mitch Breitweiser (Drax), Captain America: The Chosen offers a unique look at just how the world is affected by Captain America’s existence.

With the re-envisioned Marvel Knights imprint red hot on the sales charts and a hit with critics, Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on Captain America: The Chosen #1. This fall, prepare to experience a Captain America story like no other—and learn just who Steve Rogers chooses to carry on his legacy!

Great looking art by Travis Charest, who used to be the artist for Wildcats back in the 90s, after Jim Lee.

I think the logical choice would be Bucky, who's currently running around the Marvel Universe as The Winter Soldier. After all, Bucky's got the fighting prowess, plus it'd just be natural progression for a character that served as Cap's sidekick during WWII.

I'm guessing the Falcon could potentially don the costume as well, even though he really doesn't have Cap's fighting skills. It'd be nice to have a black Captain America though, and it'd tie in nicely with Truth: Red, White and Black, the Captain America mini-series that showed that the first Captain America was actually black when the US Army did trial experiments on the Tuskugee black men.

On that subject, Patriot from Young Avengers would make a pretty good Captain America too. Not only is he the grandson of the first Captain America, he'd have the fighting prowess and instincts to boot.

But I like Jeph Loeb's take the best. In the Fallen Son mini-series which mourned the death of Captain America, Loeb suggested that a familiar face could possibly don the red, white and blue costume. And what a great choice it was too: Hawkeye! Yes, Clint Barton, the master archer who was trained by Captain America himself. He could fight, he could even throw the shield with deadly accuracy, thanks to his skills as a master archer. But Loeb wrote that even though Hawkeye was offered the costume, he turned it down because he didn't want to cheapen the legacy of Steve Rogers.

Still: Hawkeye as Captain America! That would have been so awesome.

As long as they don't make U.S.Agent Captain America again.

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