The United States of Captain America is gearing up to introduce the first openly-LGBTQ Captain America.
Written by Christopher Cantwell and drawn by Dale Eaglesham, The United States of Captain America will follow the four wielders of the shield — Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes, Sam Wilson, and John Walker — as they search for Steve’s missing shield. Along the way, they’ll find individuals inspired by Captain America and what he stands for as they strive to help their communities in the ways that Captain America has helped the world.
Aaron Fischer, created by writer Aaron Trujillo and artist Jan Bazaldua, a trans woman, will be introduced in issue #1 as “Captain America of the Railways,” an openly gay character who protects runaways and homeless youth as Captain America, despite lacking Steve’s Super Soldier powers.
Bazaldua was elated to introduce the character, saying, “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!”
Issue #1 will be available on June 2 and will be followed by issues focusing on other versions of “Captain America” found on the journey to locate the shield.
“We’re hoping to explore what the idea of Captain America means at this precise moment — not just on the grand stage of the world — but to everyday and often overlooked communities throughout the United States,” Cantwell said of the new series