Marvel reveals design sketches for Captain America in Marvel NOW!
Source: MTV Geek
A soft or hard reboot is never complete without completely unnecessary costume revisions, and Marvel has never been known to leave things unresolved (unless they are story elements that writers are too lazy to reconcile with their super serious event books), so we've all been anxiously awaiting more info on the needless revamps to classic character costumes that we knew would come along with Marvel NOW!.
Following the Jim Lee school of thought, which encourages the addition of overly-complicated body armor with as many unnecessary pockets, straps, and ridges as possible to all costumes, Avengers artist Jerome Opena delivered the first new Captain America design sketch, designed to make Cap look more like a soldier, if that soldier was in the national guard of the Eastern Eurpoean nation of Liefeldania, and it was 1997.
The designs are so overly-detailed as to make note of the use of velcro to hold armor to the front of Cap's boots, for the alleged purpose of protecting Cap's shin areas. This begs the question: what will protect the shin protectors? Obviously the costume needs another layer, an element that will undoubtedly prove essential to future stories, possibly in a major crossover event. If nothing else, Cap's new costume has an eye towards functionality, as it features more velcro straps and safety clips than usually found on a four year old's backpack, thus ensuring that he won't hurt himself on any zippers or become frustrated by complicated buttons.
The design, which takes at least a month to fully render, is sure to aid modern comic book artists in being able to draw more than three issues before needing to use fill-in artists to catch up. Speaking of artists who can't keep a monthly schedule, John Cassaday, who will be drawing Cap in Wolverine and the Uncanny Avengers, created a more simplified design which incorporates more of Cap's classic chain mail look, saying, reportedly, "um, fuck that." Thankfully, Cassaday kept the hockey gloves, paying tribute to another great American, Wayne Gretzky. The choice of rollerblading kneepads, however, seems questionable, unless cap is still trying to connect with the pulse of modern America, and his shoes feature those pop-out wheels that all the kids at Nascar races and on Myspace are wearing these days.
No word yet on how the armor will affect the Avengers response time to world-threatening menaces, as it will require at least forty-five minutes and the help of a squire to get Cap suited up for battle.