Roundup of May 24th, 2017
Starting with Marvel this week, the comic I want to focus on is Captain America: Steve Rogers. This has been a controversial comic since issue #1 due to the fact it made Steve Rogers an agent of Hydra, but I believe this issue can outdo it as far as most controversial. This issue is a journalist interviewing Captain America, but if you read between the lines it is a social commentary on the government of the United States. It is obvious that the election of President Trump has stirred up the US, people don’t trust their government, they don’t trust the media, and for some members of the society they live in fear of the fact that the government is coming for them. I will admit that I’m no expert on American politics, being a Canadian, but this comic focuses on all those issues. It is so incredibly well written, it talks about media censorship, it talks about getting rid of immigrants and keeping them in their own space in the form of the Inhumans and mutants, and talks about how even though the country is on edge, the government is boosting that they are safer and more economically sound then ever. It paints a picture of “fake news” and that the media has brainwashed the public to believe whatever they tell them. This issue resonated with me because it wasn’t afraid to make some big points about society, but did it in a way that it benefited the story. Finally the journalist asked about something she wasn’t supposed to, and they arrested her for it. This is eerily similar to what happened to a American journalist who was arrested for “willful disruption of governmental process” because he was continually asking about the American Healthcare to a cabinet member. I think this was the best issue of Captain America: Steve Rogers yet purely because it is a creative way to bring forward serious issue that make us question how the government is being run.
The big news for DC this week comes out of Deathstroke and the Lazarus Contract. Deathstroke has stolen both Wally’s speed force energy in an attempt to bring his son, Grant, back from the dead. This results in Kid Flash losing his connection to the speed force altogether and Flash having to seek the help of Deathstroke’s other son Jericho in order to learn how to defeat him. This issue ended in a touching final panel where Deathstroke ran back in time, found Grant and immediately embraced him. You should also check out: Justice League of America, Detective Comics, Action Comics, Suicide Squad, and Wonder Woman.
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