When Marvel recently released the names of their 52 monthly comics from October, as part of their Marvel Legacy and Make Mike Marvel promotions, one book was notable for its absence, Captain America. The current Captain America comic and the Secret Empire event series has seen Steve Rogers revealed as a secret sleeper agent for Hydra all along, seizing power through legal means and enacting a takeover of the Unites States of America, with the aim to remake reality itself through the Cosmic Cube.I don't know if they're sending it the same way as Fantastic Four was (the article does seem to indicate they will continue to publish Cap), but the current staff has to shoulder considerable blame for bringing the whole Cap brand down to the absolutely awful level it's at now, to the point where you'd wonder if they decided to stop publishing it altogether for goodness knows how long, which would be merciful. IMO, the Cap brand died as far back as 2002. My collection goes up to about the 49th issue of the volume written by Dan Jurgens, and I don't see myself bothering about anything further for a long time. I've avoided, for example, the Marvel Knights series that was the beginning of the end for any respect Quesada and company supposedly had for Steve Rogers, since it turned him into a character who thought his country was literally to blame for terrorism it suffered.
Reaction against the storyline has been strong in some parts, condemned as taking a character designed by two Jewish creators as a piece of anti-Nazi propaganda before the USA entered World War II, and remaking him as a member of a group with ties to that very Nazi Party, albeit fictional ones. Despite Marvel’s assurances that the character will be rehabilitated, some have found it impossible to conceive of such a thing. And the character’s absence from the Marvel Legacy books in October – despite being front and centre of Legacy #1 in September – has led some to believe that the character has been put on hold at the publisher.So long as Quesada's gang are hell-bent on forcing their brand of ultra-leftist rhetoric down the audience's throats, it certainly won't be possible to repair the brand. One fair way to set things right is simply to tell everybody that the stories Spencer brewed up are no longer canon, and quietly drop them, returning to a simple good-vs-evil vision that every sensible person can find satisfying. But whatever direction they have planned, if at all, I doubt they have anything positive and respectable in mind.
In any case, it does say here that:
...we have been given to understand from pretty well sourced folk that Captain America will return to monthly status, with a Marvel Legacy renumbering of #694 at some point.But what exact vision will they offer? One that conservatives need not feel alienated by? Not if a certain "journalist" who's been writing Black Panther lately is allowed to keep foisting his vision on any protagonist put in the Cap costume:
But the big name who will rehabilitate Captain America, who will find a new way to explore him as a symbol of America, then and now, will be the current writer of the Black Panther comic, Ta-Nehisi Coates.What makes Coates a poor, discouraging choice for writer is his record of anti-American beliefs. It's laughable how Bleeding Cool claims his credentials as a writer for a leftist magazine like the Atlantic, which has been going downhill in quality for a long time, and some journalistic prize that's probably only awarded to ultra-libs, alone make him qualified for writing the Star-Spangled Avenger. Interesting they won't suggest Marvel reconcile with writers like Chuck Dixon and Mike Baron, whom they've largely blacklisted over their conservatism. If Steve Ditko, who was close to being conservative, were still in business today, they'd probably blacklist him too because he was so big on Ayn Rand.
Coates is well known as an author, as a correspondent for The Atlantic, and recipient of a “Genius Grant” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. One can imagine that when/if this news is made official by Marvel Comics, possibly at San Diego Comic-Con that articles such as “The Case for Reparations” will be brought up and pored over interminably by people who will say this will make him ineligible to write a comic like Captain America.
If Coates is appointed to write Captain America in any form, whether with Steve Rogers or Sam Wilson in the role, then politically speaking, it'll be more of the same. Some of the commenters to the article understand what's wrong with Coates, and one said:
Captain America's brand was only made toxic in the comics because Marvel decided to mess him up. In the movies, Steve is probably their most loved character and he has his traditional personality. Just write him as a really good guy helping people and having adventures - not that complicated.Yet no chance they'll agree to that. Another said:
Please for the love of Cap no. This will not boost sales (Since his writing is dulled down with endless monologues), or put the character back in a good light, Coates series will just be about tearing Captain America down more.To which somebody replied:
Yes. But he's the hot new pseudo-intellectual now...and he's writing COMIC BOOKS. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!?!?!?!?!Alas, I can. That's what they've been about for nearly 2 decades now, hiring farcical phonies. Another stated:
If his writing on Cap is like his writing Black Panther, he'd talk us into boredom. He's still a neophyte comic writer, his writing isn't improving on the titles on which he currently works, and you don't put one of your flagship properties into the hands of a guy who hasn't demonstrated yet he can be successful in the medium.More than that, you don't put ANY properties, major or minor, into the hands of somebody so untalented. If they gave him Power Pack, Shanna the She-Devil and Quasar, which are pretty minor today, and he turned them into some ultra-leftist cesspool of anti-American propaganda, would that be okay? Of course not. As Mark Gruenwald once said, "every character is somebody's favorite." So you shouldn't just want to turn even a minor 3rd tier into a shambles. Here's another comment:
Ta-Nehisi Coates is going to....de-toxify...the brand.?If anything, it sounds insane, doesn't it? Here's one more:
Is Rich trolling here, or has he just never read any of Coate's long-winded, pseudo-intellectual windbaggery?
The same Ta-Nehisi Coates...who basically wrote that him being bullied by other black youth as a kid was the result of white racism? Who wrote that the first responders who died during 9/11 represented nothing to him but inhuman aggressors?
That doesn't sound toxic at all.
The only thing they need to do to redeem Captain America is take a page from the MCU. Done.
The fact that he only really knows Brubaker's run and doesn't mention anyone else's further cements the fact that this guy doesn't know comics at all.Now that I think of it, who knows if Coates really read that many comics at all, even from Marvel? I figure somebody who claims his intake was almost entirely Marvel is enough to wonder if he even knows enough about their own history and other contributors like Kirby and Lee. Why wouldn't it be a shock if he doesn't know diddly squat about creator-owned books like Jim Starlin's Dreadstar? Anybody who's that obsessed with agendas cannot be expected to have even a modicum of understanding what makes popcorn entertainment work well in any form or medium. And if Coates gets the Cap assignment, it'll be all we need to know why they have no intention of improving storytelling, let alone relations with the audience, and why nobody should waste their money.
I'm doubting that writing a book about a white-skinned, blue-eyed man in a position of power - is going to work for his "brand", he won't do it, he just won't.