Back in July, we interviewed Atomic Robo co-creator Brian Clevinger on his newest Marvel project, an all-ages Cap series in the vein of Thor: The Mighty Avenger called Captain America: The Fighting Avenger. At the time, we asked, “What can you say about the format of the book?” and he gleefully responded, “It’s ongoing! My first ongoing title with Marvel. My plan is to drive it like I stole it so we’ll have had a great time with the title before they realize what a horrible mistake they’ve made!”
You may recall that this was intended to be an on-going series. It was downgraded to a four issue mini-series and then two issues — you get both of ‘em in this one-shot.
It’s not totally surprising for a couple of reasons: there’s a lot of Captain America material out there now as is, and with the critically beloved Thor: The Mighty Avenger canceled, a comic intended to be essentially performing the same function probably didn’t stand much of a chance long-term. Further in the post, though Clevinger makes it clear that he understands that this kind of thing happens given the nature of freelance work, he’s a bit bummed about the message it sends for the future of Marvel’s all age comics:
Captain America: The Fighting Avenger will be one of the last “all ages” issues of anything Marvel will produce for quite a while. Because they “aren’t profitable.”
What I mourn here is the largest comics publisher in America giving up on fun and accessible comics.
Both covers of Captain America: The Fighting Avenger — one by interior artists Gurihiru, one by Barry Kitson — are after the jump.