Marvel.com has revealed the new outfit for Captain America to mush gushing love from their PR department. Understandable, because that's what PR departments are for. It's a design by the undeniably wonderfully artist Alex Ross.
Personally, I'm of two minds of the thing. Part of me WANTS to like the outfit, but in the end, I fear it's just giving me a headache. I liked the chain-mail outfit, but I can see the appeal of this new body armor version.
What I don't understand is the need to include a gun and a knife.
Cap was supposed to be this great hero who embodied the American Ideal, which included not being an offensive hero, but rather a defensive, reactive.
But, I guess that's more the modern age, and even after a while, I can handle the gun.
At least until I read the article, and the reasonings for the inclusion of the gun. Ross said this about the new design:
It's a more brutish interpretation, at this point, for the modern age.That annoyed me. A lot.
Rather than having a hero that did things the old-fashioned way. The way of the non-brutes. We now have another dark, depressing hero who is willing to kill to defeat the bad guys. Ho-hum.
If I had wanted that, I'd have read the Punisher.
Bad form, Marvel.