Captain America #1 variant by Paolo Rivera
Here’s John Romita
, Jr.'s cover for the Marvel NOW reboot Captain America #1.
Writer Nick Remender has stated that the first arc, entitled “Dimension Z,” will last for 10 issues and will focus on Steve’s childhood growing up in the Lower Eastside of Manhattan during the Great Depression and how he became the man he is today. Remender is also planning staying away from the WWII aspect of Cap’s life, stating that it’d be too close to what Brubaker has already done perfectly for Cap. Arnim Zola will be the main villain, while a new bio-villain named the Green Skull will be introduced.
I’m interested to see how Remender will build this new chapter in Steve’s story, especially because he’ll be exploring Steve’s very cloudy past. However, I am not excited for JR
JR's art. (Seriously, put the Jr. back in your name. You are not your father. At least his art is good). Read the entire Nick Remender interview here.
Remender good. JRJR bad. This is tragically disappointing.
Ugh, someone needs to tell JRJR that his art is a pile of dog poo when he’s not drawing Spider-Man. I really hope his run is short, because I don’t know how long I can endure JRJR dialing it in for another paycheck.
On the bright side, Rick Remender will be taking over for Brubaker, and he did a good job with Punisher, Venom, Uncanny X-Force and Secret Avengers. I’m looking forward to what he has in store for Cap.
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…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 weren’t really thinking about the movie incarnation per se…What we were really going for, more than anything, was the feeling of Cap being an actual soldier.
-Marvel editor Tom Brevoort’s comments on Cap’s Marvel NOW! costume redesign
Sketches by Jerome Opena; finished image by Joe Quesada