Coates’ Captain America Comic Regurgitates Secret Empire – Again

CBR has written a fluff-coated, unobjective synopsis of the 11th issue of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Captain America series, which continues to keep the unbearable Secret Empire crossover in continuity:


Steve Rogers’ journey in the wake of Secret Empire has been quite bumpy. Even though many understood he wasn’t the HydraCap who helped take over the Marvel Universe, he still found it hard to win unanimous support back as his face is still that of a ruthless dictator.

With the Power Elite subsequently replacing Hydra as a world power, and the death of Thaddeus Ross pushing Steve (the prime suspect) to turn himself in, the star-spangled Avenger decided it was best [to] resign himself to Myrmidon prison. Cap resigned himself to paying for HydraCap’s sins, whether or not he deserves such a cruel fate. Captain America #11, however, sees Sharon Carter and the Daughters of Liberty attempting to break Steve out to fight the rising influence of the Power Elite, only to realize their enemies have another trump card up their sleeve via a twist on a certain legion we saw in the Secret Empire takeover.


Well, it’s another demonstration why C.B. Cebulski’s as awful an editor as Joe Quesada and Axel Alonso were. He won’t un-canonize one of the worst moments in modern Marvel history, and de-canonization of horrible tales is something the MCU could sorely use by now, after all the massive damage to continuity. Why, even the death of Thunderbolt Ross from the Hulk cast could be reversed, as it once was when Peter David was writing the series. For now, if Ross was knocked off again for the sake of such repugnant tales, it serves as yet another contradiction to the jumbled announcement Cebulski made about not using character deaths as a way to promote sales.

Marvel’s failure to let go of the grimiest storylines in past history is exactly what’ll bring them down, sooner or later.


Originally published here.

Avi Green

Avi Green was born in Pennsylvania in 1974, and moved to Israel in 1983. He enjoyed reading comics when he was young, the first being Fantastic Four. He maintains a strong belief in the public's right to knowledge and accuracy of facts. He considers himself a conservative-style version of Clark Kent. Follow him on his blog at Four Color Media Monitor or on Twitter at @avigreen1