2) CAPTAIN AMERICA


As a character of the 1940s, wearing a flag, the long history of Captain America has been literally full of metaphors for the state of the union he represents.  From fighting “a highly placed government official” in the Nixon era, leading to him giving up his colors in shame, to specifically fighting the drug wars in the 1990s to whatever the hell was going on during ‘Heroes Reborn’, it’s hard to find important Cap tales that don’t have sociopolitical overtones.  In the past 15 years, it seems like every single Steve Rogers story has him speaking about what America is, is not, should be, or never was, culminating in the bone-headed decision to make him an age of Hydra, because every modern comic is an exercise in “What if everything you know is wrong?”

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