Alex Ross Totally Ruins The Captain America Costume

Continuing with the comic book theme this morning, I just thought I’d comment on the new Captain America, and his ultra-shitty new costume. To give you the backstory, there’s going to be a new Captain America, coming in January. The original Captain America, Steve Rogers, was sniped and is totally dead (for the time being). I think it’s cool that they’re finally having someone else take up the mantle of Captain America, and it should be a good story.

My problem comes with this new costume, which was designed by a guy named Alex Ross. Ross is an incredible painter, and has told some of the most iconic comic book stories of the last 15 years. But I also think he’s an ego-maniacal asshole. The guy thinks he’s the savior of comic books, but 15 years later, his style really hasn’t changed and he’s still drawing the same “iconic” way… basically he’s a one trick pony.

And now he’s redesigned the new Captain America costume. Just look at it. It’s black pants, a black shirt, and then some god awful, ultra shiny, metal head/chest piece thing-y. I think what really bothers me is how unrealistic this is. Not that comic books are firmly rooted in reality, but I feel like Marvel tries harder than the other companies to keep things in a more realistic world.

My point being, how the hell would anyone fight in a giant metal head and chest piece?! If he bends over to touch his toes, he’s going to gore himself in the abdomen! How is he going to lift his arms above his head?!?! it makes no sense at all that anyone would ever try to fight in a silly get-up like this.
It also looks like all of the character designs he did for Kingdom Come, and that JLA thing where they got those metal costumes. Seriously, Alex? This is the best you could do? Stop being a one trick pony, and start doing edgy, creative things like Uncle Sam again.



October 17, 2007