Yes, He Can: Captain America's ULTIMATE Decision [SPOILERS]
***This article contains spoilers for Ultimate Comics Ultimates #15 and #16, out Sept. 19 and Sept. 26, respectively.***accepted the job of President of the United States.
The story starts in this week's Ultimates #15, where Captain America wins a special election as a write-in candidate. One week later in issue #16, he's sworn into office. But according to series writer Sam Humphries, this doesn't mean that Cap is transitioning from super-soldier to politician.
"Cap doesn't see himself as changed by the presidency," Humphries told Newsarama. "He sees himself changing the office of the president. He's not making a power grab in Washington, he's answering the call of the people, and he feels like he has the responsibility to do as much as he can to save America."
"This is about the heroes winning the day," said Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso. "This is not a maudlin story. It's inspiring. People are going to feel good about this, but the road will be tricky to get there."
Though the story — illustrated by Billy Tan in issue #15 and Luke Ross in issue #16 — arrives less than two months before the general election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, those involved stress that it is not a political story, with no character meant to represent a specific candidate or party.
"This is a moment where America turns to a man who they see doing the right thing to protect the lives of American citizens," Humphries added. "This is not, for anyone involved, a political election. This is an election for leadership."
The origins of the story date back to previous Ultimates writer Jonathan Hickman, who provided Humphries his notes of story ideas he didn't get a chance to tackle before leaving the book to focus on the upcoming Marvel NOW! relaunches of Avengers and New Avengers — including the notion to perhaps make Captain America president at some point.
"We made a commitment to show that epic events have significant consequences," the writer said. "Cap is both a significant consequence and an epic event that's going to create more significant consequences down the line. This is not something where Cap is going to be president for an issue and a half and then he's going to laugh it off. This is something that is going to change Cap, it's going to change the Ultimates, and it's going to change the Ultimate Universe."
Still, making Captain America president "for real" and actually sticking with it is something new, and telling those kinds of stories are part of the stated goal of the current Ultimate line."When you read an Ultimate book, you're going to find stories with these well-known characters that you've known for years that reveal them in new ways.," Humphries said. "You're going to see them doing new things. President Cap, I feel, is a really great fulfillment of that Ultimate mandate. " More from Newsarama:
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