Marvel Comics has announced two new Captain America titles, which will see both Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers taking on the title.
As revealed by Entertainment Weekly, a new one-shot titled Captain America #0 will release in April. The title, which will be by writers Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing and Tochi Onyebuchi and artist Mattia De Iulis, explores why there are two Captain Americas. Lanzing described the book as not a set-up for plot, but instead a conversation between Steve and Sam about what it means to be Captain America at the same time. They'll have this conversation "while flying/holding onto the side of a massive rocket heading into the sky to obliterate all of mankind because Arnim Zola is back and he's got a bad plan."
Following the release of Captain America #0, the two series will launch. The first, Captain America: Symbol of Truth, comes from the team of Onyebuchi and R.B. Silva and will focus on Sam while also featuring Joaquin Torres as Falcon. Symbol of Truth, which releases in May, sees Sam being the "public-facing Captain America" and looking into the truth behind America's foreign policy. According to Onyebuchi, the title will investigate what it means for "the world to accept a Black Captain America."
"I'm a huge fan of action thrillers that involve foreign locals and all of that stuff," Onyebuchi explained. "One of the things that Sam has to do is he has to get to the bottom of a conspiracy. He has to figure out what the truth of the matter is, he has to figure out what's really going on. When so much of American foreign policy historically has been founded on operating in the shadows, manipulating federal employees or members of another government into enacting regime change for the benefit of various corporate interests, what is it going to look like when Sam runs up against the people who would wish to manipulate him for their own ends in terms of furthering 'America's interests' abroad? What does it mean to be the 'Symbol of Truth' in that context?"
In June, Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty will launch. Written by Kelly and Lanzing and illustrated by Carmen Carnero, Sentinel of Liberty focuses on Steve. According to Kelly, Sentinel of Liberty will look at how America has changed and what it means for Steve to be from the Greatest Generation. While he'll still be Captain America, he will be spending quite a bit of time working as a civilian.
"I think Steve has learned through the [Ta-Nehisi] Coates run that there's a lot of inward-looking he has to do in terms of his legacy and himself," Lanzing explained. "Maybe he's become too much Captain America and not enough Steve Rogers. In our book, he is going to be really looking at what it means to be Steve Rogers. We'll see what it means when he finds a threat that truly needs his version of Captain America, and what he has to step up to become that. What does Captain America mean to Steve beyond being the leader of the Avengers and answering to the government? Since he feels he's handed that off. So what is Steve building? What is he organizing? What do his friends need from him specifically? What does Bucky [Barnes] need from him?"
Created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, Steve first appeared in 1941's Captain America Comics #1. After receiving the super-soldier serum, Steve used his abilities to fight against the Nazis in World War II. After getting frozen in ice, Captain America emerged and helped form the Avengers.
Created by Stan Lee and Gene Colan, Sam first appeared in 1969's Captain America #117 and is generally considered the first African-American superhero in mainstream comics. While he is generally not shown as enhanced by the super-soldier serum, Sam does have exceptional combat skills. He later became the Sentinel of Liberty in 2014's Captain America #25.