ILLUSTRATIONS BY GABRIEL VASCO
Word on the street is that the recently-released movie Captain America is more like CRAPtain America. Not even the Captain’s mighty shield can protect him from the bad reviews hurled at his flick. Oh well, I’m not very patriotic so he never struck a chord with me any damn way. Maybe if Captain America fixed the economy and got niggas some jobs I’d fuck wit him but for now, give me the X-Men any day.
On that note, here’s a nationalistic superhero I can cheer for: Captain Africa.
I stumbled across these 3D illustrations at the website of video game artist Gabriel Vasco. Cool concept. Maybe Captain Africa can save the day and end the senseless violence in Kenya, or return natural resources stolen from Africa by evil European colonists. Perhaps he’d move to Harlem and open up a store on 116th Street with his immigrated countrymen. In that case, what would Captain Africa’s superpower be? The ability to bootleg movies at the speed of light?
Actually, Captain Africa looks like Lexington Steele. If they ever make a live action flick for the Cap’n, Lex could play the role. Could begin his foray into mainstream films.
Hollywood, are you paying attention? Get the red, black & green shield of Captain Africa in the theaters ASAP. It’s time for some fresh blood in the superhero film genre, na’mean?
More Captain Africa pics: GabrielVasco.com
On a side note, my homie just hipped me to a graphic novel called Truth: Red, White & Black by Robert Morales and Kyle Baker. In this seven-issue comic book series, the original Captain America character was actually a brother. The series follows a regiment of black soldiers who are forced to act as test subjects in a program attempting to re-create the lost formula earlier used to turn Steve Rogers to Captain America. The experiments lead to mutation and death, until only one remains – Isaiah Bradley.
Captain Africa-America? Hmmmm… interesting.