The announcement of a new comic book series, “U.S. Avengers“, from the American publishing and multimedia giant, Marvel Entertainment, was greeted with a great deal of fuss by conservative-leaning fans and geeks in the United States last July (hence the alternative and not entirely ironic nickname for the planned series: “America, Fuck Yeah!”). Featuring the work of writer Al Ewing and artist Paco Medina, the first issue – expected in January – will be available with a number of variant covers drawn by the illustrator Rod Reis, each one depicting a separate Avenger character to represent all fifty states in the US, plus Puerto Rico, Canada and the United Kingdom. The UK’s superhero contender is the unfortunately named Brian Braddock; aka “Captain Britain“. While the recently revealed artwork for the British edition of the series features the aforementioned Brian in a pair of jackboots (ahem…) it also contains a somewhat inaccurate title and one glaring geographical mistake. Fortunately I have been able to fix both of these for ASF readers. You can compare the illustrations below. The original is at the bottom and also here 😉
Gay icon alert.
It’s funny, you know – the original version sort of hid the North of Ireland behind his right arm. Almost like they were scared to have the courage of their convictions on its status.
The jackboots are very telling.
My only concern: what about our poor friends in Scotland? You’re going to leave them under Greater English domination?
Oh no you didn’t. 🙂
” … the first issue – expected in January – will be available with a number of variant covers drawn by the illustrator Rod Reis, each one depicting a separate Avenger character to represent all fifty states in the US, plus Puerto Rico, Canada and the United Kingdom.”
Because there isn’t enough jingoism in the world as it is, let’s have comic book characters get in on the fun, right?
Seriously, does Marvel think an Avenger character representing, say, North Dakota or New Mexico is going to do anything for sales? That’s not meant as a slam on those states, it just seems like a silly idea. And equating a US state with Canada and the UK just reinforces the whole idea that Americans think the universe revolves around them.
All that said, I, for one, eagerly await the arrival of Captain Idaho!
Capt. Idaho…..would have to be Duncan!
They got one thing right… no b…s!