Captain America: The Fighting Avenger

Remember all that talk about Captain America from a while back? Well, they finally solicited it!

Captain America: The Fighting Avenger #1 will be available April 13, 2011. It’s 48 pages and it will cost $3.99. So, it’s like a regular Marvel comic but twice as large zing. Pre-order it locally or online. Though, come to think of it, the issue may not be available for pre-order online just yet. I’ll keep ya posted.

Anyway! You may recall that this was intended to be an on-going series. It was downgraded to a four issue mini-series and then two issues — you get both of ‘em in this one-shot. Captain America: The Fighting Avenger will be one of the last “all ages” issues of anything Marvel will produce for quite a while. Because they “aren’t profitable.”

One way to prove them wrong, is to make it profitable. Order it! In droves!

This ain’t your standard Captain America. It’s a story of his very earliest days back in World War 2. He’s inexperienced and unproven. He’s unsure of himself. He screws up. But there’s still that essential “Cap”-ness at his core you can see shining through. And there’s art by Super Amazing Gurihiru.

There will be two versions of the issue. They’re identical except for the cover. The first, by Gurihiru, looks like this.

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The second, by Barry “Also Super Amazing” Kitson, looks like this.

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Now, it’s disappointing to have a series cancelled. Even more so when it’s cancelled before it’s given a fair shake. But that’s freelance and I’m cool with it. Life goes on.

What I mourn here is the largest comics publisher in America giving up on fun and accessible comics.

I invite you guys and gals to help me make a stand. You made the industry take notice of a fun and accessible comic once. Will you do it again?

  • Brian M.

    Looks like a fun book, something the industry needs more of, but is not willing to admit or acknowledge. Kind of like their approach to digital comics.

  • Simon MacDonald

    I may not be a rocket scientist or a comic scientist for that matter but root cause of all ages material not being profitable is the inability to get the product in the hands of kids. Most parents don’t specifically take their kids to comic book stores but they do take them to corner stores, grocery stores and book stores. If only comics were available more conveniently more kids would read them.

    I think it is pretty nuts to expect a kid to order (and in some cases pay) for a comic three months ahead of time. If your LCS is anything like mine they don’t stock a ton of store copies as they don’t want to get stuck with product they can’t sell.

    This is why Thor: The Mighty Avenger didn’t do well. Everyone agrees the writing and art was top notch on that book.

  • Brian!

    Oh, absolutely. The last thing the Direct Market is built to do is to sell product to kids anymore.

    Marvel Adventures comics are among the most fun and entertaining comics on the stands. And they’re accessible to everyone. Hell, they’re even better if you have a familiarity with 616 due to being a long time Marvel reader because then you get all the in-jokes.


  • Anonymous

    Well, I’m not a big Cap fan, but I’m a pretty big Brian fan so I will give it a try, I like the idea of Cap not being this perfect being

  • Brian!

    That’s what attracted me to the project. When they first said, “We want you to write Cap,” my immediate instinct was to reject the job. I’m not really a Cap kinda guy.

    But then they told me what they wanted to accomplish with the series, and I couldn’t resist.

  • Anonymous

    I’m gonna pimp this bitch like my name was Hugh Hefner.

  • Brian!

    I choose to take that positively!

  • Anonymous

    I am bumming to hear that the run is over before it begins, but I am definitely looking forward to reading the book. I’ll buy both covers (one for each of my sons) and a third copy for myself, so I’m in for $11.97. :)

  • Ben

    I’ll have to check this out. I’ve been meaning to start reading more Cap stuff, but once this ends, where would a good place to start be?

    On an unrelated note, any news on the Dr. Dinosaur statue?

  • Brian!

    I’m a big fan of the Essential Captain America volumes. They’re phonebook sized reprints from Cap’s reintroduction into the Marvel Universe in the ’60s and beyond.

    Those can be an acquired taste though.

    More recently, Brubaker’s whole run on Cap is critical acclaimed. Bucky becomes the focus of the book in the wake of Civil War and that’s where I personally lose interest. It’s still solid stuff, I just can’t take Bucky seriously no matter how good the writing itself actually is.

  • Anonymous

    Well, at least it’s a self contained capsule of Clevinger-inspired goodness. And if it became wildly successful? Prequels and sequels, and more Marvel gravy.

  • Mike

    Marvel seems to just not want my money. It seems like every time I find a book from them that I can really get behind, they cancel it. Iron Fist, Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy are the ones that have hurt the most, but I was actually really looking forward to this book. The ONLY things I still get from Marvel are Powers (which is only technically Marvel), and the upcoming Annihilators mini, and now this 1-shot. Oh well…more money to spend on smaller-press awesomeness.

    How about a Sparrow or Jack Tarot mini? If Marvel doesn’t want my money, I’m happy to give it to you guys.

  • Brian!

    We have Plans(tm) for 2011.

  • Anonymous

    Well we have 8 more pulled at our shop now. Booya!