Legendary comic studio Marvel has unveiled an LGBTQ+ Captain America, Aaron Fischer. Described by Marvel as”the Captain America of the Railways — a fearless teen who stepped up to protect fellow runaways and the un-housed. Marvel Comics is proud to honour Pride Month with the rise of this new LGBTQ+ hero.”
The United States of Captain America will be the first in the series, published in June, and sees “Steve Rogers teaming up with Captain Americas of the past — Bucky Barnes, Sam Wilson and John Walker — on a road trip across America to find his stolen shield. Throughout the group’s journey, they’ll discover everyday people from all walks of life who’ve taken up the mantle of Captain America to defend their communities.”
“Aaron is inspired by heroes of the queer community: activists, leaders and everyday folks pushing for a better life,” said Joshua Trujillo, who wrote the issue that introduces Fischer. “He stands for the oppressed and the forgotten. I hope his debut story resonates with readers and helps inspire the next generation of heroes.”
“I really enjoyed designing him and as a transgender person, I am happy to be able to present an openly gay person who admires Captain America and fights against evil to help those who are almost invisible to society” said Jan Bazaldua who did the artwork for the issue. “While I was drawing him, I thought, well, Cap fights against super-powerful beings and saves the world almost always, but Aaron helps those who walk alone in the street with problems that they face every day. I hope people like the end result!”
The United States of Captain America is available from June 2 and follows the recent announcement of DC comics Pride Anthology.