With Dan Slott’s creation Silk getting her own ongoing series in February, fans are wondering what he’ll do next to shake up with Marvel universe. It turns out that he hasn’t been resting on his laurels. “Lady Liberty” — a faster, stronger version of Captain America — is coming down the pike.

The creator of “The Superior Spider-Man” sat down with Comic Book Resources on Jan. 26:

CBR: First off, congratulations on your female version of Peter Parker who is better than him in every way. Fans have been clamoring for that for quite some time, so I’m glad you made it happen with “Silk.” We barely had time to catch our breath over her amazing ability to spin different colored costumes that can double as radiation suits before you announced Lady Liberty. Give us the scoop.

Dan Slott: Thanks! Well, I probably shouldn’t say it, but I know you guys will shill for anything I do — so what the heck?! Long story short, I want to make Red Skull into Captain America for a year. Then, when the real Cap comes back, we’ll have him discover the truth about Aiko Tinaka, a Japanese American who was the first truly successful applicant of the Super Soldier program (thanks to experiments conducted on Isaiah Bradley).

CBR: What?! That’s crazy town banana pants!

Dan Slott: Aiko is ironically inside an underground bunker in Hiroshima when the U.S. drops “Little Boy” on Aug. 6, 1945. The blast buries her and a secret unit of the Japanese military in a gigantic complex one mile beneath the earth. It is only after Steve Rogers puts all the pieces together and realizes that she may be alive that our story begins.

CBR: You had me at “female version of Captain America who is better than the original,” but now we’re really sold!

Dan Slott: Not only is she not white (score another one for ‘diversity for the sake of diversity!’), but Aiko will eventually discover that while she was serving her country, her family became prisoners of Japanese internment camps created by liberal icon Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

CBR: But…FDR was a liberal — and disabled. I’m a little uncomfortable with that.

Dan Slott: (laughing) Oh ye of little faith! That’s nothing a Republican Skrull couldn’t fix. Listen, I can’t tell you how many anonymous fans have been telling me at comic conventions that what the world needs is a female Captain America who is better in every way than Steve. I’m going to give it to them, but I’m going to do it the only way I know how — in Slottian style.

CBR: Dan, we can’t thank you enough. This was a real treat. I’m so overwhelmed with joy right now that I feel like I’m living in a piece of satire. I’m sure all of our fellow comic book “journalists” will be on board with this because it’s an insanely awesome idea. I’m sure that if you introduce Lady Liberty during a Captain America relaunch that a bulk of the sales will be because people want to know who she is and where she came from. Don’t be a stranger. Stop in again soon.

Dan Slott: I will. Thanks, buddy.

So there you have it! “Lady Liberty” — the faster, stronger version of the true Captain America, Steve Rogers. Dan Slott does it again. Genius. Until that comes out, make sure to buy Silk #1 this February — the title at the top of the pull list for every Peter Parker fan — written by Robbie Thompson with art by Stacey Lee.

Advertisements

About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

22 comments

    1. Wait, are you using satire here? (because with comics it really can be hard to tell)

      That’s why I put this sentence in bold: “I’m so overwhelmed with joy right now that I feel like I’m living in a piece of satire.”

      It’s also tagged and categorized as satire. 😉

      I can’t tell whether to laugh or cry that the comics industry has reached a point where no matter how over-the-top and ridiculous an idea is, it might still be a possibility.

    2. I like that there will be some guy from Marvel who reads that, gets upset, but then in the back of his mind think, “Actually, there are elements of that Ernst guy’s idea that are pretty cool…”

      How many military veterans work in Marvel’s comics division as writers? Are there any? Can you imagine how cool Captain America would be if they got a smart combat veteran of the Nicholas Irving mold to pen Captain America’s stories?

    3. At times I think “Captain America” is something of an albatross to marvel. He’s too classic and well known in the popular consciousness to get rid of yet he’s just so… “wrong” for the current philosophy of Marvel & its writers (it seems). I mean an AMERICAN patriot? Who is a hero? (and not a villain) You may as well ask them to write a book about Hitler as the hero!

      [insert picture of spOck]

      Oh. Um…..

    4. I mean an AMERICAN patriot? Who is a hero? (and not a villain) You may as well ask them to write a book about Hitler as the hero! [insert picture of spOck]

      I see what you’re trying to do there, Nate. I’m not going to bite. 😉 But since Dan Slott’s Otto said he also wanted to surpass Pol Pot in terms of evil perpetrated upon the world, we can go with that. How many people did The Khmer Rouge murder? I think a fair estimate is 2 million. And yet, Otto was still the guy who became “The Superior Spider-Man.” Interesting…

      At times I think “Captain America” is something of an albatross to marvel. He’s too classic and well known in the popular consciousness to get rid of yet he’s just so… “wrong” for the current philosophy of Marvel & its writers (it seems).

      I would agree with this. I think they’re so hyper-concerned with him coming across “pro-America” that they essentially write him as if he were “Captain United Nations.” As I’ve said before, Marvel should just give him a smurf blue helmet like the rest of those operating under U.N. mandates.

    5. I see what you’re trying to do there, Nate. I’m not going to bite. 😉

      What was I trying to do? Not even I know sometimes.

      Actually a “United Nations” League COULD be an interesting concept, where Captain America forms a team with Captain Britain and Captain Canada and whoever else is representative of their countries and they deal with the world.

      I mean it wouldn’t be an easy write or sell (for one thing it would be too tempting for writers to turn the comic into a political cartoon, and you’d have to fight that tooth and nail), but it could be done and done well.

    6. What was I trying to do? Not even I know sometimes.

      Follow this link. That should give you an idea.

      Actually a “United Nations” League COULD be an interesting concept, where Captain America forms a team with Captain Britain and Captain Canada and whoever else is representative of their countries and they deal with the world.

      A coalition of free nations addressing the world’s worst super-villains could be cool. Yes. However, the United Nations let in a bunch of totalitarian regimes into its ranks and now has been rendered pretty much useless on any conflict that matters. My guess is that Marvel would make such a group and then invite Iranian Mullah Man into the mix and he would spend all his time trying to convince Captain America that Israel must be destroyed.

    7. I think this discussion summarises the problems of marvel nicely. Marvel seems are so trapped in their bubble, they don’t see the bigger picture.

      In a perfect world, wouldn’t it be nice if they got writers that suited the genre of that character. Imagine a horror writer like Steven King writing Ghost Rider, a Tom Clancy type writing Captain America or the Punisher, a science fiction writer doing Guardians of the Galaxy (these are examples only for comparison).

      Marvel’s flaw seems to be that they consistently give the wrong writer to the wrong character in terms of format. Take Dan Slott, plot twists seems to be his style and he’s not very good at character driven storylines. Based on this, Peter Parker is a wrong fit for and Dan Slott would be better suited writing a character that focuses more on zany plot twists and less on character development (Deadpool or one of the Xmen?).

    8. In a perfect world, wouldn’t it be nice if they got writers that suited the genre of that character. Imagine a horror writer like Steven King writing Ghost Rider, a Tom Clancy type writing Captain America or the Punisher, a science fiction writer doing Guardians of the Galaxy (these are examples only for comparison).

      Now you got me thinking of Tom Clancy. If he were still alive and got a crack at Captain America, that would be amazing!

      Marvel’s flaw seems to be that they consistently give the wrong writer to the wrong character in terms of format. Take Dan Slott, plot twists seems to be his style and he’s not very good at character driven storylines. Based on this, Peter Parker is a wrong fit for and Dan Slott would be better suited writing a character that focuses more on zany plot twists and less on character development (Deadpool or one of the Xmen?).

      Bingo. You’re on fire tonight, Riablo. If I had a “comment of the day” award, you’d get it! 🙂

    9. “In a perfect world, wouldn’t it be nice if they got writers that suited the genre of that character. Imagine a horror writer like Steven King writing Ghost Rider, a Tom Clancy type writing Captain America or the Punisher, a science fiction writer doing Guardians of the Galaxy (these are examples only for comparison).”

      I agree, Riablo. Tom Clancy writing Cap would’ve been amazing. I also agree they should select writers who are suited for the genre of the character. These days, it seems like they aren’t any new writers (people like Bendis, for instance, have been with Marvel for 15 years) and the new ones that do come in usually some connection to the writers who are already there.

  1. I am sure Dan would know how to write Captain America well enough to completely ruin the character. He would first have to tell everyone how much he loves the character first, then destroy it.

    1. “Guys, don’t you get it? I love Captain America…so I have to kill him and replace him with Red Skull. And then I need to make a female Captain America that is better than Steve Rogers…because I love him. Seriously! Why don’t you believe me?”

  2. Today was a nice day on earth. Oh, who am I Oh yes, sorry before I forget Ill give you an introduction to me my friends and my crushes. My name is Silkenius Moonshine Sparkleface, or Silk for short. I am half mutant spider and half diclonius yandere magical girl I am a yandere, a virgo, panromantic, pansexual and I have a lot of crushes, but I will tell you them later, and that doesn’t make me a slut or a whore. I love cute underwear nice things, anime cartoons, cute things and pregnancy and pregnancy art. I hate unhappy things being unhappy being called a slut and this disgusting idiot called Douglas Ernst. Ughhh And did I mention I come from another planet But I dont wanna talk about my childhood, ok as it makes me upset thinking about it dammit! Don’t pester me about it or I will kill you…..I mean will make you go away in the worst way possible, heh heh. And who are my crushes I have a lot but all you out there, i am not a slut. I cannot help having crushes easyily, ok? Anywho, I have a big crush on Peter Parker, Foxy the Fox, Mami Tomoe, Dan Slott and I have some other side crushes such as Discord, Jeff (The killer… weird huh???), Bonnie the bunny the HTF Flippy and I guess Marisa (from touhou)??? and some others too. And before I start with my story my favorite artists are Evascenesce Skillet and Linkin Park and if you don’t like them, get the fuck outta here because I might mention them a lot.

    So, what was I saying before I blabbed on about myself? Oh right, Dan Slott, please get started. “Ok Silk!” Today was a nice day on the blue-and-green planet like Earth (This takes place in an AU where things are different now where characters from different universes can interact and such SHUT UP!!!). After Sipder Verse all the Spidermen were thrown away, inckuding Silk. She was the last one to have been thrown away and the Spidermen were thrown away one by one, so she couldn’t find her crush Dan Slott. Finding this out, she felt very sad and was close to falling into despair. However, days later after trying to find somewhere to stay, she found another superhero, called Lady Liberty who loved on Chica. She felt sad and lonely too and was about to fall into despair until she found some nice people there names where Madoka and Fluttershy and if she didn’t find them, she would fallen into despair and Fluttershy was Madokas friend. “Hello Silk I see your sad and lonely, well I feel your pain. Its a good thing I found these nice people Fluttershy and Madoka or I would of fallen into despair because of how lonely I was. They are very nice and friendly” “But Lady-” “Yes I understand, but dont worry we will find them and I think they are trying to find us too maybe. but their are some other inportant stuff I have to tell you.”

    “What are them?” “Well, there are some nasty rumours of a disgusting asshole called Truthwillwin1 who have made characters pregnant for a currently unknown reason. We have suspected that he is a member of the tea party” Silk cried in rage at the mention of the disgusting tea party, people who liek to have sex with ron paul. “WHAT???????????” “Yes we belive the tea partys ight have done these disgusting rape acts. We have heard that our friend Unikitty got pregnanted so we are trying to find her but while we were looking int his area, we found you. If this rumour is unfortunatly true, it may be your fate, to find and kill ron. We all need to be careful. “Me and fluttershy have only become magical girls last week” sher said this while holding a cute squirrel-cat-rabbit like creature whos name is Kyubey. “So where do we find ron paul” fluttershy asked, which Lady Liberty replied “We dont know so we need to look everywhere while being careful and we are also trying to find a rumoured thing called the Paw of The Crystal fox that my parents told me about before the tea party killed them and *starts sobbing loudly” and we are trying to find her parents we dont know what happened to them, they could have been captured and inprinsoed” “Shit, we need to find this Fox paw thing now or the tea party could take over everywhere!” Meanwhile while this was going on, Truthwillwin1 kidnapped Sayaka Miki, Kamala Khan and Pinkie Pie and planned to impregnate them.
    End of chapter 1. :3

    1. Hube, we’ve reached a point where this line is believable:

      Dan Slott: Thanks! Well, I probably shouldn’t say it, but I know you guys will shill for anything I do — so what the heck?!

      🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s