Augh, I thought I could leave it at one tiny paragraph, but I can’t. I can’t. I thought it was gross enough that Remender’s OC was a fourteen-year-old girl who was drawn for T&A purposes. I thought that was as gross as it was going to get. As it turns out, I was being terribly optimistic. Because of that shitstain, and his worthless blight on the face of Cap’s history of a run, Sam Wilson — one of the kindest, most loyal, moral, and good characters in 616 — is now a rapist.
For those of you who have not yet hear or seen, in the latest issue of Remender’s Captain America (which I wish I could distinguish from actual Captain America, because if there is any justice in the world all this will be retconned soon, but what he’s writing is Cap, and that’s important), Sam gets drunk and has sex with a fourteen year old.
I don’t think I need to tell anyone how important Sam Wilson is. Black superheroes are still few and far between, and Falcon was one of the first. His history, his heroism, and his friendship with Cap make him someone who doesn’t just offer vital representation, but a role-model — for kids searching the pages of comics for somebody who looks like them, and for everybody else.
I don’t think I need to tell anyone how many heinous and massively harmful stereotypes there are about men of color and sexual violence.
In one fell swoop, Remender has filled the pages of the parody he’s made of Captain America with rape-apologist bullshit, and shat all over Sam’s character in a way that is really, really damaging to actual people.
I thought we’d hit bottom when he wrote Steve with a shrine to himself that included Nazi memorabilia. I thought we’d hit bottom when Sharon was disgustingly and violently fridged. But nope, Remender keeps finding new and awful ways to drag the Captain America title lower.
We, as readers, cannot allow him — and Marvel editorial, who keeps allowing this shit — to get away with this. If you haven’t done so already, stop buying titles with Remender’s name on the cover — yes, that means The Bitter March, too. Write Marvel at firstname.lastname@example.org, and tell them you’re outraged. Shout it to the fucking sky.
This shit is harmful. It’s unacceptable. We, as comic fans, have to do everything we can to make it stop.