Earlier this year, The Falcon & The Winter Soldier viewers were introduced to Isaiah Bradley, a veteran played by Carl Lumbly who received an experimental version of Captain America’s super-soldier serum and fought in secret for the U.S. military. Now the 2003 storyline that introduced Isaiah Bradley to the Marvel Universe is returning to print for the first time in over a decade. Today’s Marvel Comics solicitations reveal that the collected edition of writer Robert Morales and artist Kyle Baker‘s seven-issue Truth: Red, White, & Black miniseries will receive a new softcover printing in January of next year.
Here’s how Marvel describes the forthcoming new edition of the series, now titled Captain America: Truth:
In every war, there are legends. And World War II birthed Captain America, the heroic Sentinel of Liberty. But in this shocking re-examination of the 1940s Super-Soldier program, a hidden and controversial chapter of history is declassified at last! Meet the unit of African-American soldiers who were involuntarily subjected to the U.S. War Department’s brutish efforts to refine the Super-Soldier Serum. And hear the story of Isaiah Bradley, who overcame all odds to don the famous red-white-and-blue on the battlefield! Robert Morales and Kyle Baker hit home with a touching, timely and thought-provoking tale that spans decades! Collecting TRUTH: RED, WHITE & BLACK #1-7.
The original collected edition of Truth was released in 2004, and has been long out of print. A hardcover edition featuring an appendix of material including Morales’s notes on the making of the series was released in 2009, though that too has been out of print for quite some time. It doesn’t sound as though the new softcover collection of the series will include that backmatter material. The single-issues of Truth have been available digitally on Comixology since 2018.
Given the important role that Bradley played in The Falcon & The Winter Soldier, and the legacy of the character through his grandson, the Young Avengers character Patriot, it’s only logical that Marvel would want to make the story introducing the Black Captain America available to read in print again. Marvel offered the digital issues of the series for free last year as part of a program spotlighting Black creators, and I read the series for the first time shortly thereafter, finding it it to be a powerful and important chapter in the history of the Marvel Universe and of Marvel Comics as a whole.
The new edition of Captain America: Truth, featuring cover artwork by Joe Quesada and Kyle Baker, is set to arrive in stores on January 26th, 2022.