After existing in pages and across mediums for decades, Marvel will introduce the first LGBTQ Captain America in a new limited comic series in June 2021, just in time for Pride Month.
Marvel’s newest superhero, Aaron Fischer, an openly gay teen who’s taken up the mantle of Captain America, will make his debut on 2 June in The United States of Captain America.
The series will focus on Steve Rogers Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes and John Walker – all of whom have been Captain America – as they travel across America to track down Steve’s missing shield.
Throughout the cross-country journey, the four heroes will meet and discover “everyday people from all walks of life” who are inspired by Cap’s examples to defend their communities.
Written by Christopher Cantwell and drawn by Dale Eaglesham, the pair will team up with a different writer and artist for every issue.
The new Captain America will make his debut in the main story’s first issue, co-written by Aaron Trujillo and drawn by Jan Bazaldua, who both created the character.
“Aaron is inspired by heroes of the queer community: activists, leaders, and everyday folks pushing for a better life,” Trujillo said in a press release. “He stands for the oppressed, and the forgotten.”
The character design by Bazaldua shows Aaron sporting a similar mask to Cap, but with a punk flair with his star-painted overalls, mohawk and multiple tattoos.
“I want to thank Editor Alana Smith and Joshua Trujillo very much for asking me to create Aaron,” Bazaldua said. “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 fight against evil to help those who are almost invisible to society.”
The artist also said that while Cap “fights against super-powerful beings and saves the world almost always, Aaron helps those who walk alone in the street with problems they face every day.”
The first issue of The United States of Captain America which will debut Aaron Fischer, comes out on 12 June 2021.