EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: Steve Rogers is back as Captain America


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It’s hard to keep a good man down and, well, practically impossible to keep a superhero dead.

Remember when Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, was killed in March 2007 by the shot heard ‘round the world, especially if you live on the pop-culture planet inhabited by fanboys? Here’s today’s newsflash: He’s feeling much better.


On July 1, just in time for Independence Day, Marvel Comics will release the first of a five-issue arc called ‘Captain America Reborn,’ which will be written by Ed Brubaker (the star scribe who killed Cap off in the first place and was also behind the compelling ‘Criminal’ series and a memorable run of ‘Daredevil’) and drawn by Bryan Hitch (the British artist who was co-creator of ‘The Ultimates’ and ‘The Authority’).

The cover art, shown here on the right, is by John Cassaday, but there also a variant edition with an Alex Ross cover. (Update: And I hear now that there will also be a Joe Quesada cover, too)

As the title of ‘Captain America Reborn’ suggests, the star-spangled warhorse who first appeared in 1941 is back in action, which is a huge relief to old-school geeks such as myself. And here at Hero Complex, I’m happy to say we’ve got a nifty scoop this morning: the first five pages of the first issue, which you can’t find anywhere else for the next 24 hours. You’ll find it below, and though this opening sequence doesn’t reveal a whole lot of new story, it nicely sets the gravity and tone of the series. And, come to think of it, what’s more American than ... a preamble?

-- Geoff Boucher


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Images: All art courtesy of Marvel Comics