May 10th, 2021 Last Updated on: May 24th, 2021
Comic book fans who’ve long waited for an indigenous Captain America won’t have to wait much longer.
The five-part The United States of Captain America will introduce a Native American hero named Joe Gomez as the newest Captain America.
Created by geoscientist and Lipan Apache writer Darcie Little Badger and Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation artist David Cutler, Joe Gomez is a member of the Kickapoo Tribe.
The first Native American Captain America will make his long-awaited debut in The United States of Captain America #3.
“Something I love about Joe is his day job. It represents everything he stands for as a hero,” Little Badger said. “See, Joe Gomez is a construction worker, a builder in a world plagued by destruction. Every time a spaceship crashes into a bridge or a supervillain transforms a whole city block into rubble, people like Joe make things whole again. Work like that may seem thankless, but Joe genuinely enjoys helping his community survive and thrive. That's why he won't charge elders for home repair services (the Joe Gomez senior discount is 100 percent). That's also why he's willing to risk his life to save others. I know lots of people like Joe—many of them my indigenous relatives—so it was wonderful to help develop a character with his values, strength, and extreme crane-operating skills.”
Here’s the teaser for the upcoming comic:
“The saga of The United States of Captain America begins when Captain America’s original shield is stolen. And when the mysterious shield thief targets a cultural landmark in Kansas, hoping to put a permanent stain on Captain America’s image, Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson are hot on his trail when they meet the Kickapoo Tribe’s own Captain America. But there’s more to the thief’s agenda than meets the eye and the three Caps may be headed straight into a trap!”
Of course, Joe Gomez isn’t the only Captain America joining the ranks. New additions to The United States of Captain America also include teenage LGBTQ+ hero Aaron Fischer, the Captain America of the Railways, and Nichelle Wright, an African-American female Captain America.
“I can't really express the pride I feel being a part of the team that gets to introduce [a Native American Captain America] to the world,” Cutler said. “The Marvel Universe is the biggest stage there is, and bringing a new First Nations hero to that venue means more than I can say.”
The United States of Captain America #3 goes on sale in August 2021.
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