People often forget that comic books aren’t just for kids. They frequently slide in adult topics between the colorful images and larger than life characters. Sometimes when those characters meet their death, like the humans they so often protect, fans are outraged and heartbroken. It often brings to mind the question of whether a series will continue without its main character or find a suitable replacement. With all the recent changes on the American landscape (i.e. gay marriage, increasingly multi-cultural populations) comic book creators are taking notice and finding ways to weave the American landscape into their fictitious worlds.
2014 ushers in the first Black Captain America
Marvel Comics announced they have replaced Captain America Steve Rogers with Falcon, the high-flying African-American hero from Harlem. The new Captain America will make his first appearance in an all new series “All-New Captain America,” set to be released in November.
“It’s about time,” says Marvel executive editor Tom Brevoort of the change. Brevoort acknowledged that the move shouldn’t be seen as revolutionary (after all it is 2014) “but it still feels exciting.” Falcon was portrayed as Anthony Mackie in the latest Marvel movie and has openly talked about how game-changing the hero has been for the African-American community. After all, people of color are looking for comic characters that resemble themselves- a fact noticed by Marvel creators who take their position seriously.