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Marvel Comics’ Newest ‘Captain America’ Is Joe Gomez of the Kickapoo Tribe

Marvel Comics' Newest 'Captain America' Is Joe Gomez of the Kickapoo Tribe

Marvel Comics’ Newest ‘Captain America’ Is Joe Gomez of the Kickapoo Tribe

Marvel Comics continues its The United States of Captain America miniseries with the inclusion of a new Captain America. After unveiling Aaron Fischer as the LGBTQ+ Captain America of the Railways, Marvel now brings forth Joe Gomez, the Kickapoo Tribe’s own Captain America.

“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!” reads Marvel’s introductory statement.

Joe Gomez was created by Lipan Apache writer Darcie Little Badger and Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation artist David Cutler. Little Badger comments with, “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.”

David Cutler also shared his excitement with, “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.”

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