Active duty U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Phillip Kennedy Johnson will lead Marvel’s Captain America into the upcoming Empyre comic book event for a three-issue series with artist Ariel Olivetti. First reported by CBR, Empyre: Captain America is described as a “tremendous honor” by the veteran.
“Cap is the truest representation of the Army values all soldiers strive to live by, and now it’s my responsibility to get him right for all the Cap fans,” Kennedy said in the announcement, “but especially for the veterans and active duty service members who want to feel that pride, kinship and camaraderie anytime they see Steve Rogers on the page.”
In the series, the Sentinel of Liberty will lead U.S. military forces and “everyday civilians” to stop the alien invasion of Kree/Skrull forces.
“In the Empyre: Captain America miniseries, Cap faces a global invasion that is simply too big for the Avengers to handle alone, and it falls to him to not only get the U.S. military behind him, but to unite military forces all around the world,” Johnson added. “Instead of his usual crew of gods, legends, and superheroes, we’ll see him getting muddy and bloody alongside ordinary soldiers and civilians who stand to lose everything, and who need a leader like Captain America to bring them together.”
Here is the solicitation for the first issue. Stay tuned for Marvel’s full May 2020 solicitations later this month on Newsarama.
EMPYRE: CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 (OF 3)
Written by PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON
Art by ARIEL OLIVETTI
COVER by MIKE HENDERSON
The invasion has made landfall! Captain America stands on the front lines – but when the threat goes global even he won’t be enough to stem the tides! Will Captain America be able to find allies willing to fight alongside him – or will he fall in the face of this intergalactic incursion?