There hasn’t been a Captain America ongoing series since Ta-Nehisi Coates’ acclaimed run ended in July of last year. There have been a few miniseries – such as The United States of Captain America, which celebrated Cap’s 80th anniversary, and the team-up series of Captain America/Iron Man. However, it’s not the same as having a comic book series to enjoy month-in-month-out. That will change in the coming months when Marvel launches two ongoing series as part of a new era of Captain America.
Why two series? It’s because each one will star a different Captain America. The first is Captain America: Symbol of Truth by writer Tochi Onyebuchi and artist R.B Silva, which stars Sam Wilson. On the other side of the coin is Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty by the writing duo of Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly and artist Carmen Carnero, starring Steve Rogers.
This is not the first time that there have been two Captain Americas with their own comic book. However, this era is not fondly loved. This was due to poor execution on the Sam Wilson book and the controversial Hydra Cap storyline running through the Steve Rogers title. Hopefully, Marvel has learned their lesson from that period and sticks the landing this time around.
However, Marvel will release Captain America #0 on April 20th before launching the aforementioned ongoing series. This one-shot will act as a launching pad for the new Captain America comics by the writing team of Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, and Tochi Onyebuchi with art by Mattia De Iulis.
While classic villain Arnim Zola will be featured, as per an interview with CBR, it appears that it will also introduce a cast of new villains. Writer Collin Kelly goes as far as to describe them as “critical players in the history of the Marvel Universe, American history, and the world history of the last hundred years.” Based on that, it appears they could become interesting additions to Captain America’s rogue’s gallery.
Take a look at some action-packed preview pages of Captain America #0. Afterwards, find out more about Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty and Captain America: Symbol of Truth.
Find out more about the two launching series below.
Captain America: Symbol of Truth #1
Written by Tochi Onyebuchi. Art by R.B Silva.
Which Captain America is featured?: Sam Wilson
Sam Wilson is Captain America once again!
Picking up a lead from Misty Knight, Sam enters a world of trouble when he encounters a mysterious group hijacking an empty train. Although, this is just the start of a plot that will be connected to a crucial piece of Captain America history and even Wakanda.
With that in mind, Symbol of Truth will be an international affair. By branching out beyond the US, the comic will explore America’s history of manipulating other regimes in the shadows as a form of foreign policy. The other part will explore Sam as a Black man representing the United States ideals – an idea that some are resistant to.
The comic will also feature Joaquín Torres, the new Falcon, and Redwing, Sam’s falcon companion.
Captain America: Symbol of Truth #1 is available on the 11th of May.
Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #1
Written by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly. Art by Carmen Carnero.
Which Captain America is featured?: Steve Rogers
In this series, Steve Rogers discovers a secret about his iconic shield that will make him change how he views the 20th century. This will make him reexamine how he chooses to fight in the 21st century. What is this secret? It’s not clear at the moment. You’ll have to read read to find out what it is!
The comic will explore themes like power and corruption and examine how they are used within society. But since this is a superhero comic, it will be wrapped in a story full of mad science and conspiracy.
For those Bucky fans out there, it also appears that Winter Soldier will be a regular in this series.
Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #1 is available on the 15th of June.