Remember when Superman stood for Truth, Justice and the American Way? Or when Captain America was busy battling The Red Skull, the Nazi super-soldier who viewed himself as Hitler’s successor?
Times have changed. Guess who Superman’s enemy is now?
The police. And Captain America is targeting right-wing fanatics so he can support illegal immigrants.
A new issue featuring Superman, created by Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder, finds our intrepid hero, dressed in a T-shirt and jeans and bereft of most of his superpowers, returning to Metropolis, where people are wary of him. When a party to celebrate his return prompts a supporter to become a problem, the police get involved, a riot ensues, and Superman punches a police officer in the face.
In Marvel’s “Captain America: Sam Wilson #1,” Cap, in the person of Sam Wilson, fights the right-wingers who are malicious, malevolent, malignant, murderous … well, you get the point. The anti-illegal immigrants are, of course, a white supremacist militia; they are even given a name reminiscent of Biblical evil: The Sons of the Serpent.
Their leader, confronting the illegal immigrants trying to cross from Mexico to Arizona, spouts: “Attention all trespassers! I am the Supreme Serpent! By invading this sovereign land, you defy the laws of God, Nature and the United States Constitution! Therefore, I hereby apprehend you by the power vested in me by the aforementioned God, Nature, et cetera, et cetera.”
An illegal immigrant quavers, “Please, whoever you are, we don’t want any trouble.”
“By invading this sovereign land, you defy the laws of God, Nature and the United States Constitution!”
The Supreme Servant, foe of illegal immigrants and Captain America
After more dialogue, the demonic leader of the white supremacists declares, “Until the mighty wall is built, you come here for employment that is rightfully ours! And if denied it, you seek welfare paid for by our tax dollars!”
Cap finds the Supreme Commander and winds up threatening, “If you’re done threatening a bunch of unarmed folks, mostly women and children…I’d pack up the pickup and head home if I were you, gentlemen.”
Another scene shows ol’ Cap calls a press conference at which he claims all he wants to do is “bring folks together.”
Now that the sentiment in comics is reflected by Superman targeting police, and Captain America supporting illegal immigrants crossing the border, it’s only a matter of time before the arrival of a new superhero:
He would like that.