Captain America: Sam Wilson has been a controversial book since it started in December of 2015. In the first volume, Not My Captain America, Writer, Nick Spencer, brings back the Serpent Society, as Serpent Solutions, into modern America as a very right wing organization that focuses on helping big business, and they are a little bit Trumpish.
Over the course of the book, Wilson fights the Sons of the Serpents, a “well-regulated militia,” who spout many Trumpisms. On one page, The Sons hit two of Trump’s main campaign points, the wall and the rigged system, as they assault immigrants crossing the border. Later the Campaign promises on the Second Amendment and government regulation, and the Town hall meeting where Trump first said the infamous line, a small loan of a million dollars, while explaining he his “struggles,” come up in various evil monologues.
Though the book is not very subtle in its use of Trumpisms, or in its general partisan opinion, it does seem frightening that same things our newest president has said flow so easily and believably out of the mouths of villains. In the graphic below, you can see the side by side comparison of the president’s tweets and the villains’ dialogues in the first volume.
One of the main themes of the first volume is the division in America, and where Sam Wilson, as the new Captain America, will side on each issue. President Trump’s most recent Approval rating, polled by Gallup, has him sitting at 41%. More than half the country disapproves of the way President Trump is performing his job, which is not a regular thing, historically speaking.
Nevertheless, none of this is news. This is a problem that has been creeping up in American politics over the last decade, and it does not seem to be letting up any time soon. In the same vein, Politics in comics is not a new concept (Cap Punching Hitler anybody?). However, the audience reception, an increasingly divisive audience, is split on their opinions of a heavily partisan storyline. Some call to have politics leave their comic book stores. While others are really happy with the way Spencer is treating the Captain America: Sam Wilson story line, like @TheEarlOfDoom:
The question: do you think politics of this sort should be left out of comics or are they exactly where they should be, a staple of comic book storylines? Sound off in the comments below!