The 80th Anniversary celebration of Captain America will continue this June with Christopher Cantwell and Dale Eaglesham’s The United States of Captain America series.
Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes, Sam Wilson, and even John Walker will team-up to track down Captain America’s missing shield and catch the mysterious thief red-handed in the new series. The story kicks off with a staple of American life, the road trip, with Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson travelling across the USA in search of the shield. Along the way, the heroes meet up with a variety of citizens who have been inspired by them to defend their own communities, just like Steve and Sam.
Cantwell sees the new assignment as both a gift and a challenge “…to take on the character of Captain America, especially during these unprecedented times in our country’s history. With this miniseries we’re hoping to explore what the idea of Captain America means at this precise moment—not just on the grand stage of the world—but to everyday and often overlooked communities throughout the United States. This story is ultimately structured like a “road movie,” harkening back in ways to old Bob Rafelson and Hal Ashby films, with Steve Rogers (and soon Sam Wilson, and later… other key members in Steve’s life) getting to directly interact with those he represents as a symbol and has sworn to protect, but in an up close and personal way he hasn’t experienced in a while. I’m extremely excited to show how the idea of Captain America has been conceptualized and translated by various groups in the country, and for me the juice of the story is Cap reconciling so many interpretations OF himself WITH himself, both as a person and as an icon.”
Cantwell and Eaglesham will also joined by a number of creators in each issue “…who will dive even deeper into the origins and motivations of these new shield-bearers in special backup stories, starting with a revolutionary tale by writer Josh Trujillo and artist Jan Balzadua.”
Look for The United States of Captain America in comic shops on June 2 and check out the cover to issue one below featuring the All-American artwork of Alex Ross.