Marvel is relaunching Captain America on the Fourth of July - and doing it with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and artist Leinil Yu. Coates announced it in an op/ed on The Atlantic, for which he is a national correspondent and former editor.
"There’s a lot to unpack here. Those of you who’ve never read a Captain America comic book or seen him in the Marvel movies, would be forgiven for thinking of Captain America as an unblinking mascot for American nationalism. In fact the best thing about the story of Captain America is the implicit irony," Coates says. "Captain America begins as Steve Rogers - a man with the heart of a god and the body of a wimp. The heart and body are bought into alignment through the Super Soldier Serum, which transforms Rogers into a peak human physical specimen. Dubbed Captain America, Rogers becomes the personification of his country’s egalitarian ideals -an anatomical Horatio Alger who through sheer grit and the wonders of science rises to become a national hero."
Coates reveals that then-Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso first proposed the Captain America title to him, and that current E-i-C C.B. Cebulski assisted in refashioning the debut issue script.
Alex Ross and Tom Brevoort will continue on with Captain America as cover artist and editor, respectively.
Coates infers that he will continue writing Black Panther into Marvel's "Fresh Start" initiative.
Captain America #1 is scheduled to debut on Wednesday, July 4.