Last month’s Captain America :Steve Rogers #1 caused an uproar when it purported to reveal that Cap is actually a Hydra agent and has been since his mom was recruited into the racist organization back in the WWII day. While the transience of comic book storylines and shocking character changes is so common is to be something of a joke, even though the storyline was probably only temporary, many were offended that the idea that a hero created by Jewish creators during the actual WWII could be part of a hate group.
Well, in an exclusive interview with Comicbook.com Marel e-i-c- Axel Alonso spills all the beans, and the piece spoils the reveal–on sale tomorrow in CA:SR #2– right in the lede. Let’s just say a lot of readers had already picked up a can of these beans off the supermarket shelf, as the truth was clearly planted in issue #1. Alonso discusses the firestorm of reaction and the storyline in the piece:
CB: Naturally, the story caught fire and was covered by everyone under the sun? Was it the reaction you were expecting?
AA: We’re trained to anticipate a strong reaction to change or a big plot twist like this, whether it’s a female Thor or the new Ms. Marvel or the Korean-American Hulk. We didn’t expect the reaction to be anywhere this big. It was comparable to the way that people reacted to the death of Captain America. I think a lot of the people reacting most violently aren’t people that go to the comic book stores every Wednesday and are trained to understand the way the comics work and the rhythms and how we could do this kind of thing with our heroes.
Obviously, when people read issue 2, it’s going to provoke a whole new discussion amongst fans as the truth is revealed.
Being responsible reporters, we’ll put the spoiler in white type (mouse over for the shock of your life):
Captain America: Steve Rogers #2, from the creative team of writer Nick Spencer and artist Jesus Saiz, reveals that Steve’s memories of indoctrination were implanted by Kobik, the sentient Cosmic Cube who became a girl. Not only that, but Kobik has been under the influence of Steve Rogers’ most fearsome archenemies, the Red Skull, for months.
If you’re smart enough to have gotten this far, you probably already figured this out. The only problem is that writer Nick Spenser and editor Tom Brevoort already said it wasn’t brainwashing, over and over again.
Promo that tells porky pies? Say it isn’t so.
Also, if you were offended by Cap being a new-Nazi this doesn’t change that idea at all. Plus story wise, Hydra-Cap already threw someone out of a plane and how is he going to deal with THAT in the future. So basically if you hated Marvel before you’re still going to hate Marvel.
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.