Mark Waid and Chris Samnee have a monumental task ahead of them.
The incoming creative team of Captain America aren’t just leading the iconic patriotic hero into Marvel Comics’ Legacy era; they’re following up perhaps the most controversial storyline in Marvel history. In the currently unfolding, highly controversial Secret Empire, Cap has been revealed to be a Hydra agent, a fascist villain rather than the “justice for all” hero fans have known for decades — and how do you recover from that?
Now, it’s up to Waid and Samnee, a creative team that’s worked together before on Black Widow and Daredevil, to return the Avenger to his status as one of Marvel’s top superheroes rather than its most vile supervillain. The first step involves the resumption of the series’ classic numbering, while the bigger, more important task will be handled inside the covers.
“It’s very much a hearkening back to a more bombastic, classic era of Marvel, with a more modern feel,” Waid told IGN of what he and Samnee have planned for their run, and how it leans into the overall Legacy goal of pulling form the best parts of Marvel’s storied history. “Chris [Samnee] and I are working to wed the grandeur of the Silver Age Captain America of yore with today’s Steve Rogers and today’s Marvel Universe, and we’re having a ball.”
As for how the pair will deal with the fallout from Secret Empire, which will wrap shortly ahead of the Legacy era, the plan is simple: they’re going to more or less leave it in the past. “Our issues are set several months after the conclusion of Secret Empire,” Waid said. “As great a story as that was, and we will refer to it, our mission is to look forward and create new adventures.”
“[O]ur Cap issues are a departure in style, mixing the best of both of our previous works,” Waid added, “emphasizing humanity and high adventure in equal measures.”
Check out the cover art and official solicitation text for Captain America #695, the first chapter of Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s “Home of the Brave” arc, below.
CAPTAIN AMERICA #695
- MARK WAID (W) • CHRIS SAMNEE (A/C)
- HOME OF THE BRAVE Part 1
- HOME OF THE BRAVE begins – and Steve Rogers is back in action in the red-white-and-blue! Steve begins a journey across America to restore his tarnished reputation – and the dangers he encounters along the way are unlike any he’s faced before!
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