Heroes for Hire wasn’t the only controversial cover in the August solicits last month, though it did seem to overshadow any of the discussions. The solicited cover of Captain America #29 was also a point of fan discourse.
Dorian, in his solicit overview last month, was one of the first to point out the questionable nature of the cover.
I sometimes wonder how some of Marvel’s covers get approved. I’m sure nothing was intended with this image, other than to create a dynamic cover that makes you say “what the hell? I have to own that!” But, I don’t know…an African-American man, on fire, in front of an American flag…did it not occur to anyone that an image like that could be easily misconstrued?
Recently, Pedro Tejeda from Funnybook Babylon examined his own feelings about the issue:
There seems to be some outrage here but the problem for me is that I just don’t get the questioning on this topic. I don’t understand what makes the Falcon cover offensive. I asked blogger and respected black man David Brothers if he saw anything wrong with this cover and he saw nothing to be offended about either. This is where the disconnect is. These well meaning white guys saw this cover and saw a black man on fire, we instead saw that the main focus of the book was now shifting towards Snap. This period of time following the death of his friend would be painful and possibly question his feelings about America. At no time did either of us just see him as a brother on fire. Why did we miss it? Are we just insensitive? Are we quislings to our respective races? Do we need our ghetto passes revoked?
So what do you think?