Ed Brubaker, who began his run on Captain America in 2005, will bid farewell to the title, with issue #19 marking his final jaunt with Steve Rogers. Brubaker told Tom Spurgeon of The Comics Reporter that he would like to focus more on creator-owned projects.
Brubaker’s statement follows comes just a week after artist Paolo Rivera announced his departure from the pages of Daredevil, also to pursue creator-own work. In Brubaker’s own words: “I hit a point with the work-for-hire stuff where I was starting to feel burned out on it. Like my tank is nearing empty on superhero comics, basically. It’s been a great job, and I think I found ways to bring my voice to it, but I have a lot of other things I want to do as a writer, too, so I’m going to try that for a while instead.”
Brubaker’s run has been an interesting one for fans of Marvel’s All-American hero, with the emergence of a brainwashed Bucky Barnes as Winter Soldier, a civil war, the death of Steve Rogers, and a less brainwashed Bucky taking up the mantle. Captain America, considered by detractors to be a relic of the World War II era of comic hyperbole, took on a new relevance under Brubaker, as the series dealt with highly charged political issues just as the US found itself reinventing its identity during the so-called War on Terror. Once again, Steve Rogers came to embody the ideals of America at a time when the real-life leaders of the nation had seemed to forget them.
Brubaker currently has no intentions on leaving Winter Soldier as of yet, stating that he’d like continue writing the title for as long as he could. Captain America #19 is set for a November release, following a story arc penned by Brubaker and Cullen Bunn.
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