This is disgusting.
Par for the course for contemporary Marvel writing, the premiere issue of the publisher’s star-spangled summer crossover, The United States of Captain America, has revealed that the original super-soldier himself, Steve Rogers, no longer believes in the concept of the American Dream.
Released on June 30th, the first issue of the Christopher Cantwell written and Dale Eaglesham illustrated miniseries opens (literally, the first page of the story) with a solemn Rogers staring out of his Brooklyn apartment and looking back on his past career as the Star-Spangled Avenger.
Beginning with a memory of his now iconic line, “‘I’m loyal to nothing except the dream,” uttered in admonishment of a warmongering US military general during an investigation into the origins of jingoistic supervillain Nuke (Daredevil Vol. 1 #233), Rogers finds himself in disbelief at how “I actually said that once.”
Here’s the thing about a dream though. A dream isn’t real,” the hero continues.” When we wake up, it goes away. And we’re left with this yearning inside. Like something was taken from us.”
Rogers then asserts, “at least, that’s one kind of dream,” before mulling on how, “lately — spending my days in this country, as the years march on by — I’m starting to think America actually has two dreams. And one lie.”