The Captain America comic book has never been afraid about getting political, from very first issue where Cap was shown punching out Hitler to the 1974 issue where it was revealed that the President of the United States was the leader of the Secret Empire and subsequently committed suicide (the writer, Steve Englehart, later said this was all a metaphor for the ongoing Watergate scandal at the time). Lately, however, with Sam Wilson as Cap, the comic has gotten perhaps even more political and garnered controversy from conservative news outlets because of it.
More recently, in the crossover Avengers: Standoff!, the original Captain America, Steve Rogers, gained his youth back and resumed his role as Cap alongside Sam. While there were now going to be two Captain Americas, they would each have different roles — Sam would still handle problems coming through his hotline, dealing with whatever fallout there was from Serpent Solutions, while Steve would work with SHIELD and Sharon Carter fighting against a rejuvenated Hydra. One could think that Sam’s comic would stay political, while Steve’s comic would be more spycraft. According to the new preview for Captain America: Steve Rogers #1, by Nick Spencer and Jesus Saiz, both comics aren’t afraid to go political.
The first issue starts with Steve crashing into a moving train where there’s a load of Hydra agents and a bomb:
There is no subtlety in the Red Skull’s speech. It seems as if it’s a mixture of nearly every conservative US politician today, from it’s anti-immigration theme to talking about the “threat” of refugees to how the past (when everyone “knew their place”) was some idyllic paradise compared to the present dystopia. There’s even a sly reference to Cliven Bundy’s “protest” against the government.
In contrast, we see how people could be sucked into such rhetoric. Robbie Dean Tomlin, the suicide bomber, whose life has been one mess to another, who lost his job due to the recession, has finally found some purpose. And yet it’s quite clear that he’s still uneasy with it.
If this first issue is any indication about the rest of the book, I’m going to enjoy it a lot. I very much doubt, however, that conservative news outlets will.