On Tuesday, Paste Magazine published an article “Marvel Backtracks on Captain America Revelation After Just One Issue” alleging that Marvel has changed the plot and structure of Captain America: Steve Rogers #2 after heavy criticism of the first issue for retconning Captain America into always having been an agent of Hydra.
In an interview Captain America: Steve Rogers writer Nick Spencer gave with Entertainment Weekly just one month ago, he said, “The one thing we can say unequivocally is: This is not a clone, not an imposter, not mind control, not someone else acting through Steve. This really is Steve Rogers, Captain America himself.” Well, turns out it was mind control. Didn’t take long for that stance to change.
Today, after even more criticism, and comments regarding how the comic industry works – and possibly David Gabriel picking up the phone – they have backtracked on that claim of backtracking.
The suggestion that Marvel could absorb the explosive fan response to the first issue of Captain America: Steve Rogers, released May 25th, and commission Nick Spencer for a new script and Jesus Saiz for 20 new finished pages of art in time to print and ship to stores 30 days later, completely ignores the months of hard work and planning that goes into getting a book on shelves. To imply such a feat of rapid publishing is even possible, let alone that Marvel went into the “Hail Hydra” press cycle without a plan, is an insult to the industry and the fans.
Although, for the record, courtesy of Spider-Man/Deadpool, here’s a small change that was made as a result of the furore…