Thursday, April 15, 2021

Marvel Comics Introduces First LGBTQ Captain America For Pride Month

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Marvel Comics is launching a new limited series in June 2021 titled The United States of captain america. And with June being Pride Month, it’s only fitting that the comic book introduces readers to the first LGBTQ + character to take over from Captain America. Written by Christopher Cantwell (Doctor Doom) and drawn by Dale Eaglesham ( Fantastic Four), The United States of Captain America focuses on four heroes who served as Cap at one point or another – Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes, and John Walker. The four heroes will embark on a journey across the country to find Steve’s missing shield. Along the way, they will meet a number of ordinary Americans who were inspired by Cap’s example to help their communities. That’s where new hero Aaron Fischer comes in.

Art by Nick Robles. (Image credit: Marvel)

Aaron will make his main story debut at number 1 and also star in a backup feature film written by Aaron Trujillo (Dodge City) and drawn by Jan Bazaldua (X-Force), who also created the character. As an openly gay man and self-proclaimed “Captain America of the Railways,” Aaron has made it his mission to protect runaways and the homeless, even though he doesn’t exactly have the powers or resources of Steve. Rogers.

“Aaron is inspired by the heroes of the queer community: activists, leaders and everyday people who push for a better life,” Trujillo said in the Marvel press release. “He represents the oppressed and the forgotten. I hope her first story resonates with readers and helps inspire the next generation of heroes.

“I want to thank editor-in-chief Alanna Smith and Joshua Trujillo for asking me to create Aaron,” Bazaldua said. “I really enjoyed designing it, and as a transgender person, I am happy to be able to present an openly gay person who admires Captain America and fights against evil to help those who are almost invisible in society. While I was drawing it I thought, well, Cap fights super powerful beings and almost always saves the world, but Aaron helps those who walk the streets alone with the issues they face every day. Hope people like the end result! “Art by Jan Bazaldua.  (Image credit: Marvel)

Art by Jan Bazaldua. (Image credit: Marvel)

Upcoming issues of The United States of Captain America will continue to include save stories from different creative teams that flesh out the new heroes introduced in the main story. Look for issue 1 to appear digitally and in print on June 2.

In other recent comic book news, IGN learned how Black Adam will transform the Justice League in DC’s Infinite Frontier, and Marvel is teasing the start of a new major X-Men event in Planet-Size X # 1 in June. Watch the video below to learn more about what Marvel has planned for 2021:

Jesse is a mild-mannered writer for IGN. Allow him to lend a machete to your intellectual thicket by follow @jschedeen on Twitter.

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