Captain America's son returns, but it's complicated

Captain America: Symbol of Truth #7 art
Captain America: Symbol of Truth #7 art (Image credit: Marvel Comics)

Update: Back in August, Marvel Comics foreshadowed the return of Nomad in the pages of November 29's Captain America: Symbol of Truth #7, without specifying which incarnation of the Captain America-associated hero would be showing up. 

Now it's been revealed that the returning Nomad is indeed Ian Rogers, Steve Rogers' adopted son from the villainous Arnim Zola's artificial pocket reality Dimension Z.

a page from Captain America: Symbol of Truth #7 (Image credit: Marvel Comics)

But what's interesting about that is, Ian Rogers' 'death' was retconned in the same issue in which it seemingly took place, with dialogue later establishing that he recovered thanks to an inborn healing factor. 

So now the mystery becomes, why was he then presumed dead? And why does the returning Ian Rogers have such a chip on his shoulder for Sam Wilson? And what's the reason he hasn't even spoken to his father, Steve Rogers, since his return?

That all seems to be part of the story for Ian Rogers in Captain America: Symbol of Truth. We'll learn more in December 28's Captain America: Symbol of Truth #8.

a panel from Captain America: Symbol of Truth #7 (Image credit: Marvel Comics)

Original story follows...

Marvel has updated its previous teaser for the return of the character Nomad in November's Captain America: Symbol of Truth #7, hinting at which of the previous bearers of the identity may be stepping back into the Nomad mantle.

August 15's initial teaser, seen below, asked the question of which of four previous versions of Nomad - Steve Rogers, Ian Rogers, Jack Monroe, or Rikki Barnes - would return as Nomad in Sam Wilson's starring title. Now, a new update from the publisher seems to hint at which hero it may be, while the issue's cover seemingly confirms the returning Nomad's identity - though oddly enough, the text and image don't exactly imply the same character.

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Marvel's text states that an "old ally long thought dead" will return as Nomad, hinting at Jack Monroe, who was last seen being seemingly killed by the Winter Soldier. 

However, the character on the cover looks more like Ian Rogers, at least in terms of his costume. Ian once seemingly died while working with Sam on his first mission in his original stint as Captain America, but was revealed to have survived thanks to his inborn powers of regeneration. 

Ian was last seen in 2016's Secret Wars: Hail Hydra tie-in limited series, which took place outside regular continuity - meaning his recovery from death could have been retconned. Or, that could be Jack Monroe wearing a version of Ian's suit - but that seems less likely, especially since Sam Wilson and Ian Rogers have a history as allies.

Captain America: Symbol of Truth #7 goes on sale November 23.

Original story follows...

Nomad, the identity once used by Steve Rogers during his first departure from active duty as Captain America, is returning in the pages of Sam Wilson's ongoing Captain America: Symbol of Truth title.

Though Marvel Comics has revealed the return of Nomad, the publisher's announcement also poses the question of which version of Nomad we'll see return, along with an accompanying graphic showing the four different people who have previously used the identity of Nomad.

"Nomad returns this November, but who will bear the mantle this time?" it asks.

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From left to right, there's Steve Rogers, who took the mantle back in the '70s after becoming disillusioned with the US government (yes, he really wore that costume). Then there's Ian Rogers, Steve's adopted son who took the mantle after returning to Earth with Steve after a stint in an alternate dimension known as Dimension Z. 

Third is Jack Monroe, the former sidekick of replacement Captain America William Burnside, who once went by the codename Bucky. And finally there's another Bucky in the mix, Rikki Barnes, the Bucky of the 'Heroes Reborn' reality who was transported to the core Earth-616 reality.

Captain America: Symbol of Truth focuses on Sam Wilson as he shares the mantle of Captain America with Steve Rogers, using his own costume and brand new shield. The title runs concurrently with the Steve Rogers-starring title Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty.

Nomad's return will take place in November's Captain America: Symbol of Truth #7, as part of the 'Pax Mohannda' story arc. Keep an eye on Newsarama for Marvel's November 2022 solicitations, coming later this month.

Some of the people who have served as Nomad are among the best Captain America shield-wielders ever.

George Marston

I've been Newsarama's resident Marvel Comics expert and general comic book historian since 2011. I've also been the on-site reporter at most major comic conventions such as Comic-Con International: San Diego, New York Comic Con, and C2E2. Outside of comic journalism, I am the artist of many weird pictures, and the guitarist of many heavy riffs. (They/Them)