The Marvel NOW! relaunch means new books, new teams, creator changes and new costumes for classic heroes. Captain America is sporting a new design by Jerome Opena and John Cassaday. Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort talked with MTV Geek about the new look for the Star-Spangled Avenger. The new look is more military inspired like the Cap played by Chris Evans in Captain America: The First Avenger.
“The approach and the thought was very simple: we wanted to modernize Cap’s outfit so as to reflect the gear worn by actual soldiers, to convey that sense of the character visually.”
Brevoort was asked about the criticism that will follow about changing just for the sake of change.
“Well, every costume design change is really change for change’s sake, and certainly Cap’s costume is a classic. But that said, it’s been updated before, and so long as what we ended up with still looked like and gave you the silhouette of Captain America, that was what was important to me. We just did years of stories in which Bucky wore a variant of Cap’s costume, and people were able to accept it just fine, and still recognize and react to him as Captain America. Same thing here,” Brevoort replied.
For more of his thoughts on the costume here’s the MTV Geek link.
The look reminds me of Bryan Hitch’s Cap in The Ultimates. Cap will be starring in Uncanny Avengers with art my Cassaday and Avengers with art by Opena.
If you want to see Cassaday’s take on the classic costume take a look at Captain America: The New Deal by John Rey Neiber and Cassaday.
No word on the creative team for a possible Captain America solo book in the Marvel NOW! relaunch yet.
My bet is on Mark Waid. I’d like to see Salvador Larroca drawing the Sentinel of Liberty. Stay tuned.