Can you believe that next month is Captain America's 80th year? Time flies, huh? To celebrate the big milestone, Marvel is releasing an all-new series that will celebrate not only Steve Rogers' 80 years in pop culture but also the other heroes to have donned the stars and stripes from over the years and some new Caps as well. The new series is titled The United States of Captain America and it will feature the O.G. Cap in Rogers, along with Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes, and John Walker. It will also feature new, unique Caps, such as the previously announced Aaron Fischer and Nichelle Wright, and in issue number three, we'll meet Joe Gomez, the Captain America of the Kickapoo Tribe.
Gomez is an all-new character and was created by geoscientist and Lipan Apache writer Darcie Little Badger and Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation artist David Cutler. Little Badger explained Gomez as a new Captain America as follows:
"Something I love about Joe is his day job. It represents everything he stands for as a hero. 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%). 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."
Cutler explained his own feelings on the new Cap, Joe Gomez:
"I can't really express the pride I feel being a part of the team that gets to introduce Joe to the world. 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."
In describing the new series, Marvel sent us the following synopsis:
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! Look out for Joe Gomez's action-packed debut this August and stay tuned for the final two new Cap reveals coming your way soon! For more information, visit Marvel.com.
It sounds like a must-read for Captain America fans, especially if you like stories that take a look at what the ideals of Cap mean to others and inspire them to do.
The United States of Captain America #1, written by Christopher Cantwell with art by Dale Eaglesham, hits stores June 2, and The United States of Captain America #3, written by Christopher Cantwell and Darcie Little Badger with art by Dale Eaglesham and David Cutler, will hit stores in August.