Captain America is a character that is on and off again popular. That’s because, as far as I can figure, his books suck half the time.
In the early 00’s, it was a gritty espionage series doing fresh things. Over the turn of the decade, they did a weird and boring sci-fi volume of Captain America. After that, Captain America’s Black friend the Falcon took over as a diversity hire and the book became really dumbed down.
After the latter two series running the book into the ground, what was Marvel to do with one of their flagship characters?
As it turns out, they took the blonde haired, blue eyed super-soldier and made him what society has always told us a blonde haired, blue eyed super-soldier always was a Nazi. At least Marvel’s version of a Nazi. Cap, through the machinations of old enemies, became an agent of the super ebil fascists, Hydra. Fascist Cap also encouraged suicide bombings because… don’t all fascists?
The new and improved “Evil Nazi Captain America Agent of Hydra” went on for a long while. It was a twenty-five issue series. The storyline culminated with the cartoonishly evil Captain taking control of the United States by bamboozling nearly every hero and trapping them behind walls… just like President Trump would, I think.
There were so many books and issues of those books involved in the broader story and finale stories with the main title being “Secret Empire,” it is hard to count them all. In total, I figure there was ~150. The book and the concept was made into a real cash cow by Marvel and their owners, (((Disney))).
Anyway, I just read the main “Blockbuster Event Finale” book. “Secret Empire” was an oh so special crossover event. One of the parts that really hammered home to me both how scary Fascists really are and the depth of the writing in these books was when Cap’s lieutenants started chanting about strength in a Board Meeting.
These Tough Guys Weren’t Even In The Books, They Made The Cover Though…
After having finished the series, I was unsure why Fascists were evil and even why the Fascist Captain America could not have built his perfect world as he had planned. He wasn’t trying to make grubby kids clean join the Cap Youth and he wasn’t hanging Blacks from trees.
Cap and Hydra did hunt down and lock up the beings known as the Inhumans. The thing is, there were two pages devoted to that story thread at the very beginning of the series. Seeing as I did not buy or read any of the books involved in the Inhumans thread and only read the main story when they brought the Inhumans thread back at the end of the end of the series, I didn’t care.
If they were supposed to be a Jewish or Japanese or Soviet Gulag victim’s analog (probably Jewish), I can’t be expected to take that into account. I doubt that thread was a great or moving tale with a strong moral anyway as I have heard nothing about it. Furthermore, like the Japanese, maybe they were a real threat. The Inhumans pretty much all have powers. They are very similar to the X-Men.
As a matter of fact, Captain America I suppose Captain America could have made a better world as he was going to use a reality-altering Super Weapon to set the world straight. How can that go wrong? I do not know. The superweapon, The Cosmic Cube alters reality based on the user’s vision.
Anyway, true to comics form, the story, a full 10 issues was pretty formulaic, boilerplate and did hardly anything else other than to set the Marvel Universe back to pretty much the way it was before the previous wielder of the Cosmic Cube turned Captain America into a poor fascist caricature.
If you were one to buy the complete storyline of Captain America The Nazi, each of the ~150 books probably averaged $4.50. That reader is probably more partisan now for it.
The author claims he was not trying to be partisan. I find that hard to believe as he can be found on Twitter being political pretty easily.
The last big letdown of this series I’ll mention is that the artists were switched out. The art went to great to mediocre. Companies doing this is almost always a way to save the company money and give the readers another screwgy.
It is a shame that the legacy media is an oligarchy and in some cases an oligarchy without many competitors. Free speech, the free exchange of ideas and free markets do not happen under oligarchies.
Finally, while I am not sure whether this helps or hinders The Holocaust Story, the final battle has the Cosmic Cube’s projection of Captain America fighting the Fascist Captain America while repeating the mantra “Never Again.”
There is a good chance I’ll never buy another comic again.
I don’t even think I’d buy one for my Wife’s Son.