Ta-Nehisi Coates, the author of Marvel’s latest series of Black Panther comics (and a few other books and essays you may have heard of), announced on Wednesday that he will this year be taking on another superhero’s story: a new Captain America comic, due for release on the Fourth of July.

Those of you who’ve never read a Captain America comic book or seen him in the Marvel movies would be forgiven for thinking of Captain America as an unblinking mascot for American nationalism. In fact, the best thing about the story of Captain America is the implicit irony.

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In his column at the Atlantic, Coates acknowledged how strange his decision—to write a story for Marvel’s most all-American, nationalist-sounding hero—might seem, especially to those unfamiliar with the character’s complex relationship with America:


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