The awful Polygon website has sugarcoated the 13th issue of Coates’ current volume starring Cap, depicting Steve Rogers basically doing what Falcon was made to do a few years ago while wearing the same outfits:
And then on the other hand, you’ve got Steve Rogers defending undocumented migrant workers along the United States’ southern border by beating the crap out of a Confederate flag-wearing local militia — all as part of an attempt to rehabilitate his image after the whole Hydra thing. The politics of superhero comics is usually a tangled knot, but this is a little ridiculous. […]
Coates and his collaborators are doing thorny philosophical/political stuff in Captain America, even if it could use a little more character work.
The only thing here that’s correct is that it’s ridiculous, though even that’s an understatement.
Notice also how they employ the politically correct description “undocumented” for the migrants, which has been used by the mainstream press for some time now, to soften the tone on how those entering the country without proper paperwork and permits are acting illegally. What “character work” needs to be done here that wasn’t already? Coates and company did do what they speak of – made Steve into their blatant idea of what he should “represent”. I also don’t find the costume design they’re using now appealing. It appears to water down the colors of the Old Glory flag, or remove them altogether, and that only compounds the image they’re disrespecting the USA’s flags as much as Cap himself as a creation of Kirby/Simon.
And the continued reaching back to one of the worst recent crossovers ever, Secret Empire, is only making things worse. Cap may rehabilitate his image in-story, but repeated reference to that offensive tale from 2017 won’t rehabilitate Cap as a creation, nor Marvel’s collapsed reputation.
Originally published here.