Monday, February 22, 2010

Captain America 603: Revolution Calling...

After calling out Joe Quesada for being a big fat liar for his denials regarding the intent of Captain America 602, (the first part of "Two Americas"), I noticed 603 had hit the shelves. I picked it up to see if the theme continued, and this is what I read...from the narrative describing the thoughts of the "Bad" (meaning "right wing loon terrorist") Cap:

Today is a different era...And they understand the important thing is that America has lost its way...

That it needs a revolution...

Now, this is pretty ironic timing, with the recent suicide flight into the IRS building...even more "uncanny," given that Glenn Beck is getting flack from Keith Olbermann over Beck's his recent comment about the Left being about "revolution," while what Beck stands for is "evolution." But it doesn't take a mutant psychic to know that it's not life imitating the funny pages, but the funny pages imitating life, if one thinks in principles. Anyone who's read Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals knows that Beck, love him or hate him, is not pulling this out of his ass:

The significant changes in history have been made by revolutions. There are people who say that it is not revolution but evolution, that brings about change--but evolution is simply the term used by nonparticipants to denote a particular sequence of revolutions as they synthesized into a specific major social change.

Anyway, there's another reason I picked this issue up, along with the 602, which was to explore a comment made by Marvel's Editor Joe Quesada in his "apology" over the "tea bag" sign in 602. In that interview, Quesada claims

However, where I do take exception with Mr. Houston’s article is when he states that we are calling the Tea Party racist...wait I’m sorry, that we’re saying that every white person is a racist along with several other horrible and inflammatory accusations. Nothing can be further from the truth, accidental placement of a Tea Party sign or not, those sentiments are not in the pages of our comics and are a complete and irresponsible misrepresentation. And as for his criticism of the remarks made by the character of Sam Wilson, this is a four-issue series. So to really get a full picture of why he feels the way he does and what conclusions he comes to at the end of the story, you really need to read the whole thing and not just judge a story and its intent on the first issue. What we do at Marvel is provide our readers with the unexpected and many times what is on the surface is not what is really going on.

Regarding the "racist" comment: Quesada, you're full of shit: No one has to read an unpublished comic to know why that comment would raise controversy. You'd have to be living under a fucking rock for the past year or two if you don't know that Tea Party protesters have been called racist by the likes of American Airheads like Jeanine "I'm not funny, I'm caustic and bitter" Garafalo, and "Worst Person in the World" Keith Olbermann. Either that, or you're a piss-poor excuse of an Editor-in-Chief...or an outright liar, imho. But given the nature of comics, I was intrigued by his other comment about the "unexpected" and getting "below the surface." Issues 602 and 603 are only the first half, so I'm interested to see just what this "twist" will be...not that I expect any radical departures, but to see how they squirm outta this one...but again, if one thinks in principles, one can make an educated guess as to what will happen...

Given that this story arc is coinciding with the "Captain America Reborn" storyline, which resurrects the "real" Captain America, and that the current Cap is Bucky Barnes, and the "Bad" Cap is a a psychopath third character altogether...How do I think this will end? Think "wishy-washy." The real Cap will probably show up, defeat the "Bad Cap," and act as a bridge between the Right and the Left, acting as the bi-partisan wish-fulfillment of Barack Obama. (This ending has many precedents; the one that comes immediately to my mind is the ending of D.C.'s Kingdom Come.) But this isn't typical Charlie Brown wishy-washiness, it's the "wishy-washiest." No, this "ending" is also straight outta' Alinsky:

Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and chance the future. This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution.

This was the basis of the "apocalyptic" m.o. of Kingdom Come, for starters...And, in "Who Will Wield the Shield?", "Reborn" Cap visits the White House, and meets with an off-page Obama, expressing that he doesn't feel ready to "carry the shield," but assured by Obama that "this country's going to need to call on you for something much bigger..."

But hey! This is a comic book; anything can happen; people fly and swing around, turn into giants and monsters, and come back from the dead. Hell, they even violate continuity...all the time. So, anything could happen in the next two issues. But in the real world, reality cannot be so easily altered, and principles, even if ignored, will out. (And that's why the Tea Parties will give out, if Sarah Palin is to be their over.) Given that Obama "learned his lessons well" from Saul Alinsky, I bet he does have big plans for Captain America... As another Beck so eloquently puts it, "All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war." And no, he ain't talking 'bout comic books. But considering that this whole story arc is the logical end result of Marvel's Civil War storyline, well, it's just one more demonstration of the power of thinking in principles...but just "one more day" for Marvel Comics, as Quesada continues to edit deals with the devil...

'Til next month, "true believers..."

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