It’s a big week for comics news! While Rebirth has been grabbing a lot of headlines, Marvel has made its own noise with a SHOCKING TWIST FOR A BELOVED CHARACTER. Nothing will be the same ever again!
This spoiler involves Captain America and the comic book CAPTAIN AMERICA STEVE ROGERS #1, on sale today. And here it is!
SHOCK! Cap has no ear on his luchadore mask any more!
…no not right.
SHOCK! Jesus Saiz’s art is really great on this!
…NO! Everyone know that!
OKAY here is the real shocker. Click for a real fork dropper!
That’s right, Steve Rogers was trained from birth to be a member of a not-so-nice group, and I don’t mean Stucky fans, who are actually very very nice.
Editor Tom Brevoort and writer Nick Spencer talked about this revolting development in a few places, but I’ll direct you to this Newsarama write-around which captures the most important sound bytes, including Spencer’s own claim that
“Issue 2 will lay a lot of our cards on the table in terms of what the new status quo is, but the one thing we can say unequivocally is: This is not a clone, not an imposter, not mind control, not someone else acting through Steve. This really is Steve Rogers, Captain America himself.”
You’ll notice he did not say “mole” or “triple agent.” Or “Cosplayer.”
To get a bit more serious here, writer Spencer is one of the more politically trenchant contemporary Marvel writers, like Ed Brubaker before him, and one could say that Steve Rogers turning out to be a mole for hate and racism could be a metaphor for America itself, caught in an election cycle of base pandering unprecedented in the mass media era, just as Brubaker’s “Death of Cap” storyline was one for the dark days of the Iraq War.
Jesus we’ve had a lot of dark days, haven’t we?
Also, for anyone who is upset or cynical.. IT’S A FREAKING STORY IN A COMIC BOOK, people. Nothing is permanent, nothing is irreversible. Maybe, just maybe you MIGHT get entertained by a clever twist to a long running and beloved characters.
Plus, Jesus Saiz is great. As you were.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.