This past week, the new number one issue of the title was released and it read like one of the shows tens of Americans watch every night on MSNBC.
Sam Wilson declares “I have a side” and “the more I heard a noise machine spouting intolerance and fear, drowning common sense out – the more I wondered – shouldn’t Captain America be more than a symbol.”
He declares his mission is to “bring folks together.”
When Sam Wilson announces his intention to crusade for his liberal political ideology he was derided in the press as “Captain un-American,” and “Captain Socialism.”
But for those Americans feeling marginalized because Bernie Sanders doesn’t stand strong enough for #blacklivesmatter or that Hillary Clinton represents a throwback to the moderate consensus of the 1990s, a tingle shot up their leg.
The villain of the first issue calls himself the Serpent Supreme. His armed gang are patrolling the Southern Border and represent a violent and cartoonish depiction of conservatives who believe in American sovereignty and secure borders.
If that wasn’t subtle enough, the book’s author lands dialogue right on the nose as one of the illegal aliens pleas to be “left alone.” The Serpent Supreme responds by stating they would like nothing more than to leave them alone, but the “Great Wall” hasn’t been.
The illegal immigrants breaking our immigration laws are portrayed as mostly women and children arriving in American in what can be described an as an act of love.
The issue ends with a cliff hanger, but the ground staked out is clear: Sam Wilson as Captain America is a social justice warrior who sees conservatives as the bad guys. And he will use his position as the symbol of America to end our political divide by vanquishing what liberal comic book writers imagine Donald Trump supporters to be.
While Captain America was always written with a political bent that leaned left over the past 75 years, even Sam Wilson notes that the old Captain America tried act as unifying figure that was bigger than partisan politics.
Captain America was introduced to the world in Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s Captain America #1 in 1941 where the iconic cover depicted him socking Adolph Hitler.
His creators used the Captain America comic as their method of expressing their belief that America must enter World War II and stop the Nazis.
His cause was the American dream, and he didn’t associate himself with party politics.
In fact, in issue #250 Steve Rogers was asked by both the Republican and Democrat parties to be their candidate for President in the 1980 election.
Rogers turned down the opportunity because the realities of American politics contradict his desire to fight for the American dream – which to him is non-partisan.
Fast forward to Marvel’s Civil War miniseries where Rogers as Captain America led the opposition to Iron Man and his support for the Super Human Registration Act – which Congress passed in response to a tragedy involving powered beings . He flatly stated, “Super Heroes need to stay above that stuff of Washington starts telling us who the super-villains are.”
Even in Civil War, which was seen by many as critique of the Bush Administration’s response to the 9/11 terror attacks, conservatives could view forcing super hero’s to reveal their identity to the government and then register as their agents as a metaphor for gun control.
But while comic companies and creators today like to trumpet the slogan “Comics are for everyone!” and claim a diverse and inclusive readership as their goal, it becomes abundantly clear that the new Marvel is only for those who are “ready for Hillary.”
Not only is Captain America a left wing activist who speaks in tones reminiscent of Barack Obama, but his very first villain is a violent and cartoonish representation of Republican conservatives.
While their movie division is a financial juggernaut that largely steers clear of politics, the comic book industry is positioning itself as another hammer for the Left to beat their ideology.
(photo: Marvel Comics)