Covers alone don't make Capt. America more readable than it is now
It turns out that there's a little bit of Captain America in all of us.But do covers alone guarantee that the story inside will be worthy and respectable? If history from this past decade is any suggestion, the sad answer may be no. Why, for that awful story written by Jon Ney Reiber in 2002, one of the covers bore the caption "fight terror", but in the end, the whole story was little more than apologist, blame-America propaganda.
Timed to the upcoming July 22 release of the Captain America: The First Avenger movie — starring Chris Evans as the star-spangled superhero —Marvel Comics is releasing a series of variant covers for its July superhero titles with an "I Am Captain America" theme.
The covers, done by a bunch of notable comic-book artists, all depict real-world American heroes — with a dash of Cap thrown in, such as a shield or that very recognizable "A."
Joe Quesada, Marvel's chief creative officer, came up with the "I Am Captain America" concept, according to the publisher's editor in chief, Axel Alonso. Quesada also drew a stunning version of a firefighter in the heat of the moment that adorns the variant cover for Wolverine issue 12.
Also, not all the covers feature crimefighting figures. There's one with a little league baseball pitcher, another with an ice skater, and even one with a freight truck driver, but are those heroes in the same way as a police officer and a firefighter? Not really. They could symbolize some of the best things about American sports and entertainment, for example, but hardly heroes in the sense of army and firefighting personnel. Whatever, there's no telling if the stories for the books they wrap around will be anywhere near as good, and if recent publishing history says anything, it's that chances are slim to none.
And Quesada's name alone could be enough to discourage many knowledgeable people from trying them out.