COMICS: Ed Brubaker To Leave CAPTAIN AMERICA After An Eight Year Run

Ed Brubaker has been writing Captain America for nearly eight years, and his run on the book will surely go down in history as one of the best ever. Hit the jump for his thoughts on why he's now leaving the book and whether or not he'll continue writing Winter Soldier.

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By Josh Wilding - 6/24/2012
In a lengthy and fascinating interview with The Comics Reporter, writer Ed Brubaker has confirmed that he is stepping down as writer of Captain America. Since he relaunched the series back in 2004, Brubaker has resurrected Bucky, killed Steve Rogers, put a different hero behind the mask and then brought back the real deal. Needless to say, it's been an epic run. However, all good things must come to an end, and in an excerpt from his chat with Tom Spurgeon, he reveals why exactly he is leaving Captain America, and confirms that he will be sticking around to continue working on critically acclaimed new series Winter Soldier.


Now, you told me that you're wrapping up on Captain America.

Yeah. By the time this interview comes out, I will have written my last issue.

Congratulations. And that's... eight years on Cap?

A little less than eight years. I think I started in August or September of 2004 writing my first issue, which came out in November of that year.

So why now?

Partly, it's the beginning a shift from work-for-hire to books I own, instead. I hit a point with the work-for-hire stuff where I was starting to feel burned out on it. Like my tank is nearing empty on superhero comics, basically. It's been a great job, and I think I found ways to bring my voice to it, but I have a lot of other things I want to do as a writer, too, so I'm going to try that for a while instead.

Now are you keeping Winter Soldier?

Yeah, I am. That's going to be my only Marvel book soon. I'll do The Winter Soldier as long as it lasts... or, I'll do it for as long as I can. [Spurgeon laughs] Because I don't know if it'll last, but I'm really proud of that book and the second and third storylines on it are some of my favorite stuff I've done for Marvel, ever.

What do you like about it? What do you think is laudatory? Are you in that place where you can say, "I did that, and I did that very well."

I think I got to tell a long story. In the early days, I got to create a big soap opera about Steve Rogers and Bucky and Sharon Carter and keep this thrilling adventure ride going. And each arc bled into the next. Then we did the "Death of Cap" thing and I go to really do an 18-part story that still didn't end with Cap coming back to life yet. [laughs] I got to do some stuff that was really challenging. I got work with some great artists. Steve Epting, he probably drew 35 issues of my run in the early days. I think we developed a really great collaboration. And I always liked that kind of epic storytelling.


Brubaker also goes into the specifics of why he felt now was a good time to bring his run to an end, confirming that Cullen Bunn (who recently started co-writing Venom with Rick Remender before he takes over that book later this year) will work with him on his final arc before he wraps things up for good with Captain America #20.

Don't they team you up with a writer to transition out of these titles? Like baton pass it to them?

That's not on purpose for this one. That was a situation with scheduling. Marvel is trying to do this thing now that with some of their better-selling books they want to get out more copies per year than 12. They want to get out 15 or 18 issues. Amazing Spider-Man's been doing more than one a month for a while now; someone I know does Uncanny X-Men or one of those books, and that comes out 18 times a year.

I couldn't keep up with that schedule, honestly. I knew I was getting to the end of my run. I wanted to wrap up my run earlier. And [Marvel Senior Vice President Of Publishing] Tom [Brevoort] was like, "Well, you're going to leave a bunch of plot lines dangling... do you want to go out like that? It'll seem like you threw up your hands and said 'I can't keep up with this schedule.'" I was like, "No, I don't want to go out that way." So we brought in Cullen Bunn to write an arc with me. I gave him a list of a bunch of stuff. "Here's all the dangling plot threads and here's where we need them all to be by the time I get to my last issue." And then we figured out a storyline together.

It's strange. I did all these issues as an uninterrupted run. Then there's four issues co-written by someone. Then there's a last issue. [laughs] It's a little odd.


How do you feel about Ed Brubaker bringing his epic run on Captain America to an end? Who should Marvel choose to replace him on the title? Sound off with your thoughts in the usual place and be sure to click on the link below to read the interview in full, where he also discusses his other projects and much more besides.

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Denn1s - 6/24/2012, 4:42 PM
his run (and civil war) is the reason i love cap so much...let's hope the next guy gets cap as well as ed did...
MightyHawkeye25 - 6/24/2012, 4:49 PM
Ed's run on Cap has been spectacular. Sad to see him go but im hopein maybe waid or remender takes over for him.
WolvieCBM - 6/24/2012, 4:54 PM
He changed my view on Cap. And since then, Cap has been one of my favorite characters. Too bad he is leaving though, clearly he wants to move on to other stuff, so thank you, sir.
Eviltwin - 6/24/2012, 5:09 PM
Wish he was staying on Cap, but at least he'll still be doing Winter Soldier. Great book!

Good stuff Josh!
MilitaryStormtrooper - 6/24/2012, 5:18 PM
Ed's Captain America run has been the best yet. No one can top his awesomeness
skot888 - 6/24/2012, 5:23 PM
You can tell he's been getting burnt out. I'm looking forward to more Creator owned stuff by him.

@Intruder.

Hmm I love Brubaker, but I'm not feeling him for Spider-Man. I'd love to have Bendis on Spidey full time as I think his dialog for Peter is by far the best anyone has done in years.

I'd like to see Ed take over Wolverine.. Marvel has seriously messed the character up over the past 8 + years and someone needs to set him straight. Plus I think Brubaker's style would fit a lot more in that book.
Jerec350 - 6/24/2012, 5:34 PM
I wish there was a DISLIKE button for this. The Cap comic has been the best thing Marvel has had for the last eight years. I'm not knocking other Marvel titles, I'm just saying that Bru's work has been absolutely phenomenal on this title. Glad he's sticking with Winter Soldier cause I'm really digging it too. Good luck with your other work Mr. Brubaker. I hope the next writer can bring the same amount of quality to the Sentinel of Liberty as you have done.
marvel72 - 6/24/2012, 5:39 PM
brubaker thanks for making captain america one of the best marvel comics of the past eight years.

jump onto spider-man next,make that title great again like it was in the 60s-90s.
DrDoom - 6/24/2012, 5:42 PM
We salute you, sir.
nuclearpriest - 6/24/2012, 6:04 PM
Actually, as epic as Ed Brubaker's run on Cap has been, I greatly preferred his Daredevil run. Now that the only thing he's writing is Winter Soldier it seems like he is slowly transitioning out of Marvel which I was expecting when he announced that he would be doing Fatale for Image.I hope he continues to do stuff for Icon. Thanks for the entertainment Mr. Brubaker and good luck down the road.
KaneVonDoom - 6/24/2012, 6:21 PM
Ed finally brought to light what Cap always had in him... Thank you for everything Ed. Godspeed
MrDuck - 6/24/2012, 6:31 PM
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BIGBMH - 6/24/2012, 6:32 PM
The man has done some great work. I respect his decision to move on and I hope whoever comes next learns from his example.
lunesta - 6/24/2012, 6:51 PM
great i salute you now how about you do namor
WakeUp - 6/24/2012, 6:56 PM
Cap defiantly is a hard character to keep relevant, and he managed to make him shine.
MrsTonyStark0507 - 6/24/2012, 7:10 PM
Sad. I agree with most of the above. Brubaker's Death of Cap was my intro into the comic book world and I can not thank him enough! Gonna be very big shoes to fill! :(
RedRobin816 - 6/24/2012, 7:13 PM
Sorry to see Ed go. He not only brought Bucky back, but made him one of the more interesting characters in the Marvel u. Ill read whatever he does next
Tymminator - 6/24/2012, 7:35 PM
This was a great run.
MadTitan - 6/24/2012, 7:35 PM
every beginnings had their own endings.good thing he made it a worthwhile stay and for that he will be remember and thanked for many years to come..
longbowhunter - 6/24/2012, 8:05 PM
I was wondering if Brubaker was gonna leave Cap soon. Glad he's sticking with Winter Soldier. It's been pretty good so far.
Blur1528 - 6/24/2012, 8:20 PM
I feel like throwing up.
AmazingFantasy - 6/24/2012, 8:33 PM
A sad day for all Captain America fans :(
superotherside - 6/24/2012, 9:00 PM
Great book. Actually one of my favorites, if not my favorites ongoing series. I loved the whole Bravo story line.

I'd say Rick Remender would be a good choice to do Cap though. He's done an amazing job with Venom and I could see him really doing some great stuff with Cap.
superotherside - 6/24/2012, 9:00 PM
Oh and glad he's still writing Winter Solider! Fantastic on going!
gaikinger - 6/24/2012, 9:38 PM
left before boredom killed him?
ShadowOfTheWeb - 6/24/2012, 10:11 PM
I have never read a poorly written comic by the BRU. Huge respect and massive thanks for making Cap cool again
TonyChu - 6/24/2012, 10:41 PM
Great run Mr. Brubaker! I absolutley love what you did with Winter Soilder and I hope your next series is legendary as well.
Jollem - 6/25/2012, 12:28 AM
@Bru - keep that pen moving :)
VanCityKid - 6/25/2012, 12:45 AM
Farewell Bru....

BuckyCap - 6/25/2012, 1:21 AM
It's still the best work I have read.
siggisuperman - 6/25/2012, 5:17 AM
Brubaker had a huge part in Marvels current success. He is responsible for taking so many lame characters and making them badass.
evyllsummer - 6/25/2012, 5:20 AM
Brubaker's run is THE reason why I'm such a Captain America fan! He will be missed. Good to know that he'll still be rocking The Winter Soldier, though...
SUPERSHADOWBAT - 6/25/2012, 5:56 AM
It was a great run on Cap, who is my favorite Marvel character. Brubaker obviously has love and a great feel for the character, a quality run on Captain America. He gave us a Cap who was a true patriot, soldier and human being. He's one of my favorite writers.
dirtygymsocks - 6/25/2012, 1:09 PM
I loved his work on both Cap and Daredevil. I think he relaunched Iron Fist too if im not mistaken...but I never got a chance to read that one though.
spectre88 - 6/25/2012, 1:13 PM
Brubaker is a writer to follow regardless of what book he's writing and for what publisher he is writing for.
niknik - 6/26/2012, 9:31 AM
I still think his "death" and "revival" of Cap was one of the lamest, unthought out, sloppy stories ever written. First you see Cap shot to death, bleeding full of holes, then on a slab, then somehow he's mysteriously whole again and tumbling thru time. Friggin sloppy.

Other than that I actually liked his run on the title but that one still sticks in my craw.

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