Americops Marvel

Marvel writer Nick Spencer, the guy who uses his Twitter feed to say all Republicans are “evil,” recently made national headlines with the company’s “let’s turn Steve Rogers into a Hydra agent” gimmick. He somehow managed escape the media radar with his tenth issue of ‘Captain America: Sam Wilson,’ which creates a nameless, faceless group of racist cops — ‘Americops’ — for hunting down minorities.

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The end of the issue even features “Rage,” who tells a group of black kids that it’s “time we start hitting back” against the racist, left-hand saluting police patrolling their streets.

Ask yourself this question about Marvel Editor Tom “capture the zeitgeist” Brevoort as the nation comes to grips with the Dallas shooting of 12 police officers by Micah Xavier Johnson, which killed five: Why is it off limits to “capture the zeitgeist” of Islamic terrorist groups — real evil — in Marvel comics due to fears about how it will reflect on all Muslims, but yet it is fair game to create “Americops”?

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The vast majority of cops are good men and women, and yet every single time someone like Alton Sterling is killed in Baton Rouge or Philando Castile is killed in Minneapolis, the Nick Spencers of the world use the moment to rhetorically slime over 12,000 local police departments across the country.

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Here is another question for you: Have you ever seen an issue where Nick Spencer’s Sam Wilson must combat super-powered gangs of black kids in Chicago or Detroit who deal drugs, murder innocents, and make life a living hell for the majority of good citizens (and cops) in the city?

Answer: Of course not.

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The lesson at Marvel under Tom Brevoort is clear:

  • If a writer wants to pen cartoonish versions of irrational and angry white men, then he or she can do that.
  • If a writer wants to take the actions of a few to incite anger against the whole, then doing so against cops and law-abiding gun owners is permissible.
  • Capturing the “zeitgeist” at Marvel is defined as, “Write or draw whatever inflammatory idea you have towards white people, but don’t you dare cover inner city violence or Islamic terrorism — even if you planned on handling the latter issues in a measured manner.

If you are sick and tired of Marvel hyper-politicizing its books while engaging in obscene double-standards, then stop buying any title that fills its pages with partisan bile. Sound off on social media and let everyone know exactly why you are walking away from the title.

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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.

11 comments

  1. I’m not surprised that Spencer’s sunk that low. Talk about incredibly poor timing, too, with everything that’s happened this week. Like you said, “capture the zeitgeist” seems to mean demonizing white people, but not focusing on inner-city violence or Islamic terrorism. It’s pathetic. Marvel seems to follow our old “friend’ X-Men xpert’s insane “punching up” logic.

    And just last night, protesters blocked I-94 in St. Paul. 102 were arrested and 21 officers were injured in the so-called “peaceful” protest. You don’t hear Spencer or Brevoort say anything that. I’m just glad I don’t live near the Twin Cities anymore and moved further out into the country, away from the People’s Republic of Minneapolis.

    1. “I’m not surprised that Spencer’s sunk that low. Talk about incredibly poor timing, too, with everything that’s happened this week.”

      These are same people who regularly lecture others about inflammatory rhetoric on how it has real-word effects. The hypocrisy is astounding.

    2. “These are same people who regularly lecture others about inflammatory rhetoric on how it has real-word effects. The hypocrisy is astounding.”

      I know. I was taking a break from writing just now and glanced at Nick Spencer’s Twitter feed. It’s full of the same kind of bile you see in his comics. He claims that it’s “dehumanizing” to call out Islamic terror or something like that. The dude obviously has more than a few screws loose.

      I see that Spencer has also taken straw man arguments, like the “Not My Cap” stuff and put them into his comics. He’s one of several writers to take straw man arguments he sees online and puts them into the mouths of obviously villain characters. Apparently both She-Thor and the short-lived “Angela, Queen of Hel” comic (which no one actually bought) did the exact same thing. I guess that being opposed to Marvel’s social justice agenda is “evil” or something.

    3. “I know. I was taking a break from writing just now and glanced at Nick Spencer’s Twitter feed. It’s full of the same kind of bile you see in his comics.”

      Here’s a good one from Mr. Spencer:

      “The truth of mass rhetoric influence vs. individual responsibility is probably somewhere in between- but whatever it is, apply it equally.” — Nick Spencer, July 8, 2016.

      So says the guy who calls all Republicans are “evil,” tweets about “the myth of the good Republican,” and then creates white, racist “Americops.” You can’t make this up.

  2. Three thoughts about these pages :

    1) I wish I could take those Americops seriously, but their uniforms look completely ridiculous. Were do you actually get thousand white, very muscular racists willing to put on those uniforms? Even doctor Evil would call those uniform a bit too much on the fascist side. Do they put out adds for it? Unless of course they are racist robots.

    2) That last page : everyone of those protesters is a old white guy. Every single one. I could almost hear banjo music from Deliverance in the background while reading that. And could whomever drew that should that reporter smirk just a bit more, I am not quiet getting the message here.

    3) I would like to thank nick Spencer because of this line “This man… He never served.” Correct me if I am wrong but the Comic Sam Wilson was never in the military? So I came to realize again that the MCU-people actually came up with a simple solution to this problem. Having Sam wilson as an former military man was a bridge too far. Sam Wilson in the Ultimate Universe was a Shield-man and that made him too military.

    So the MCU-people made Wilson an ex-Pararescuemen. Whoever came up with that solution was a genius. I thought Pararescuemen sounded made up, too awesome to be real. These people are military, but they rescue people, the best of both worlds.

    So thank you Nick Spencer. your writing has led me to an organization whose logo is the basis for the Mercy character from Overwatch.

    1. “1) I wish I could take those Americops seriously, but their uniforms look completely ridiculous. Were do you actually get thousand white, very muscular racists willing to put on those uniforms? Even doctor Evil would call those uniform a bit too much on the fascist side. Do they put out adds for it? Unless of course they are racist robots.

      Thank you. I’m glad you mentioned just how outlandish those uniforms are because you would never — never — get a Marvel Muslim villain these days who wore an outfit that was similarly over-the-top. The “Ameri” in “Americops” makes it clear this is a national problem, etc., and then they’re all white, saluting (incorrectly) the flag, and going after minorities. It’s so gross, but yet Mr. Spencer gets away with it.

      “2) That last page : everyone of those protesters is a old white guy. Every single one. I could almost hear banjo music from Deliverance in the background while reading that. And could whomever drew that should that reporter smirk just a bit more, I am not quiet getting the message here.”

      That was actually one of the first panels of the issue, but I didn’t want to lead with that because it was primarily about “Americops.” But yet, you’re right on the “Deliverance” reference.

      “So the MCU-people made Wilson an ex-Pararescuemen. Whoever came up with that solution was a genius. I thought Pararescuemen sounded made up, too awesome to be real. These people are military, but they rescue people, the best of both worlds.”

      Yep. Para-rescue is very real and very cool. 🙂

  3. No matter how many times innocent victims are gunned down or blown up by terrorists yelling “Allah Akbar,” we can’t criticize Islam.

    After the Oklahoma City bombing, Bill Clinton blamed the tragedy on right-wing talk radio for encouraging anti-government sentiment.

    But it’s OK for rent-a-mob rioters to chant, “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want them? Now!” And Barry says that the motives for the Dallas murder are “hard to untangle.” He also said that police brutality and racism are common, and that the recent shootings are “symptomatic” of a widespread pattern.

    In Orlando, an Arab anchor baby murdered unarmed victims in a designated gun-free zone after pledging allegiance to ISIS. Obama and Clinton, and their cheerleaders (aka the mainstream media) blamed Christianity and the NRA.

    In San Bernardino, an immigrant and an anchor baby murdered unarmed victims in a gun-free zone. Both had been observed behaving suspiciously, but neighbors did not report it, for fear of being labeled Islamophobic. The administration’s response: (1) Blame the NRA. (2) Increase unvetted Muslim immigration (while turning away Christian and Yazidi refugees.) (3) Threaten to “take action” if anyone says anything that could be interpreted (or misinterpreted) as “anti-Muslim rhetoric.”

    Obama has “fundamentally transformed” America, all right. Into Bizarro World.

    The fact is, more white people than black are shot by police, even though African-Americans commit over 50% of the crime. (Young black men are 6% of the population, but 40% of the cop-killers.) African-Americans are far more likely to be murdered by other African-Americans than they are to be shot by cops.

    Shootings of black suspects by white cops are fairly rare. Which is why it’s possible for them to get nation-wide publicity. When a black guy gets shot by a white cop in Baton Rouge LA or Ferguson MO, it shows up on CNN and MSNBC, and viewers in Nebraska and Georgia hear about it.

    When a black janitor gets stabbed to death by muggers at a bus stop in Atlanta, or a black sales rep gets shot by carjackers in Detroit, or a drug deal goes bad in Philadelphia and a black child gets hit with a stray bullet, it gets a brief mention on the local 6 0′ Clock news, if it gets reported at all. Such cases are too common to be newsworthy. Besides, they don’t fit The Narrative and they don’t serve The Agenda.

    BTW, given the MSM’s track record, I am always skeptical when they report how some honor student/Boy Scout/altar boy got shot by the racist cops.

    The “gentle giant” in Ferguson turned out to be a strong-arm robber who assaulted a cop, and it turned out that the cop shot him in self-defense. The “black motorcyclist” in Miami turned out to be a drug dealer who was trying to run over a cop, and the cop shot him in self-defense. The “unarmed bridegroom” in New York was trying to run over cops with his SUV when they shot him in self-defense. Freddie Grey killed himself in a freak accident when his crash-for-cash scheme backfired on him.

    But, since I wait until I know all of the facts before making a judgment, I am a racist. If I jumped to conclusions without evidence, and made premature assumptions, I would be a Progressive.

    BTW, it’s very convenient how these incidents always get a lot of publicity whenever Obama or Hillary needs a decoy to divert attention from their latest regularly scheduled scandal.

    1. “When a black janitor gets stabbed to death by muggers at a bus stop in Atlanta, or a black sales rep gets shot by carjackers in Detroit, or a drug deal goes bad in Philadelphia and a black child gets hit with a stray bullet, it gets a brief mention on the local 6 0′ Clock news, if it gets reported at all. Such cases are too common to be newsworthy. Besides, they don’t fit The Narrative and they don’t serve The Agenda.”

      So what you’re saying is that Nick Spencer is the type of guy who exploits racially charged situations for political gain. Gotcha. 😉

  4. So, the lieutenants of the Americops are going to be in SS officer uniforms and a hood right?

    Chief Imabadguy: “Johnson! You shot a white guy! What the hell?

    Officer McEvil: “Sorry boss, it was night, I was so tired from goosestepping all day and…”

    Chief Imabadguy: “No excuse! You’re off the force! My fists are made of ham! Blahblahblah.”

    Officer McEvil: “Aww… now i gotta turn in my cobra commander mask…”

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