I’ve always wanted to draw a Peanuts or Calvin and Hobbes style newspaper comic, but I’ve never had enough decent ideas for one to make it plausible, let alone enough time to draw it. This joke is based on something that two friends of mine did in reality, and it just felt so right for a newspaper strip joke. So, Fox & Bird. Maybe I’ll draw more of them when I have further ideas.
So, Marvel have made Captain America a secret Nazi double-agent in the comics. We struggled to write this comic initially, because – well, how can we top that? That’s already a panel 3 concept.
Obviously, all superheroes get a turn at being secretly super evil all along, and then it’s re-retconned away in a few months’ time. Heck, Superman must have spent more time in “but guys, what if… Superman was actually evil!” stories than regular ones by now. But making Captain America, a character created by a Jewish man specifically as a hero to stand up to antisemitism in WWII, into a literal Nazi, especially at a point in time where (due to the MCU) he’s become a well-known cultural symbol of idealism and hope, is just a bridge too far. It’s a bridge even further than that run-on sentence.
More knowledgable people than me have dissected it in the context of Marvel’s interior splits between the comics and the MCU, and in the context of what I just discussed above, and in the context of the internet’s recent rallying to give Cap a boyfriend (my thoughts: heck yep), so I won’t get too deep into it myself. But suffice to say, even though it’ll be gone and buried in a few months – depending on book sales, because make no mistake, it’s just a publicity grab in very poor taste – it’s still a very valid thing for people to be pissed off at. I wouldn’t want to be Chris Evans volunteering at some children’s hospital as Captain America, and have to answer a Jewish kid who asks him why Cap is a Nazi now.
The Australian police are buying up LRADS, the sonic weapons used in Ferguson, because that turned out so well for the police. Other than that, I think there’s just too much to explain in this comic if you haven’t seen Dune.