Captain America of the Railways and Joe Gomez

By James Bacon: United States of Captain America will debut Aaron Fischer and Joe Gomez.

Marvel Comics announced a number of new Captain America’s to appear in the upcoming mini series,  United States of Captain America

While I am very excited by Aaron Fischer the Captain America of the Railways, who will debut shortly, I expect the next Captain America debut, Joe Gomez may be of interest to many. 

Created by geoscientist and Lipan Apache writer Darcie Little Badger and Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation artist David Cutler, Joe Gomez, the newest member of the Captain America ranks will make his debut in The United States of Captain America #3

“Something I love about Joe is his day job. It represents everything he stands for as a hero,” Little Badger explained. “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.”

Returning to the Captain America of the Railways, Aaron Fischer, will debut in issue #1’s main and in a secondary story written by Joshua Trujillo with art by Jan Bazaldua, both of whom also created the character.

Trujillo said in Marvel’s press release: “Aaron is inspired by heroes of the queer community: activists, leaders, and everyday folks pushing for a better life. 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 want to thank Editor Alanna Smith and Joshua Trujillo very much for asking me to create Aaron. 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. 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!” said Bazaldua, herself a trans woman. 

USCA will start once Ta-Nehisi Coates ends his run, which is a bit bittersweet, given his brilliance with the title and further characters may be presented. Many characters who have appeared in Captain America have remained in the Marvel universe, so we could see more of these Captain Americas. 

The mini series follows Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson, as Captain America’s Shield is stolen and they go on a road trip around America, and on the journey find many Captain Americas. The first issue features John Walker and Bucky Barnes next to Steve and Sam on the cover by Alex Ross. 

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