With DC Comics’ new continuity series 52 kicking off a storm, it’s time for Marvel to try their hand at a similar project with Marvel Now. Marvel Now takes place after the events of Avengers vs. X Men.
The impression Ghost Rider left with me as youngin’ is about the same as Moon Knight. He looked cool as hell, but I didn’t know or really care to know anything else about him! What else was there to know about someone who has a flaming skull head, rides a motorcycle and uses chains as a weapon? That sounds like my perfect Sunday for God’s sake! Of course later in life you find out a little of his back story, but by then the novelty he had when you were a pre-teen has sort of worn off. Then he gets a relaunch, and I use the word “he” loosely because it looks like the next Ghost Rider incarnation will indeed be a female!
Now that doesn’t mean that Ghost Rider will have pigtails made of fire or wear fishnet stockings while on the awesome motorcycle. Hell, by reading the interview with the team who will be tackling this thing I don’t even think Ghost Rider will have boobs. It’s explained a little better in these two excerpts from an article at CBR:
Yes that’s right. After returning from the “dead” everyone’s favorite super soldier, the one and only Steve Rogers will be returning to wear the Captain America suit once more.
After a brief stint as the head of our country’s national security, leading the Secret Avengers and the Captain America: The First Avenger movie coming out this July, the powers that be at Marvel have decided it’s time for the original Cap to take center stage.
This snippet comes us from the AP via Yahoo!:
Marvel Comics said Monday that Steve Rogers, the young man who tried but failed to join the Army during World War II only to take a super-soldier serum that turned him into the agile, strong and daring Captain America, will return to the role in “Captain America” No. 1 in July.
Nearly four years ago, Rogers abandoned the costume, and the job, after he was gunned down on the steps of a courthouse and thought dead. Since then, his former sidekick, Bucky, has been sporting the shield and a sidearm, too.
But with a new film this summer from Marvel Studios — “Captain America: The First Avenger” — it’s unthinkable to have someone else wearing the costume and throwing the shield other than Rogers.
Not that Bucky didn’t do a fine job as Captain America, but it will definitely feel good to see Steve Rogers back in the role he was born for. And with Ed Brubaker continuing to write Cap the whole situation could be nothing but good. Brubaker is notorious for bringing a gritty realism to any comic that he writes whether it be Daredevil, Captain America or my personal favorite Gotham Central (He co-wrote with Greg Rucka). It’s only natural at this point that Rogers returns to being Cap because in July our heroes will also be in crisis due the events of Fear Itself.
I think Steve Rogers will emerge to lead the Marvel Universe through this event and beyond, hopefully with Bucky Barnes still providing support in some aspect.