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Meta-Messages - Captain America Sticks Up for France

In this feature I explore the context behind (using reader danjack's term) "meta-messages." A meta-message is where a comic book creator comments on/references the work of another comic book/comic book creator (or sometimes even themselves) in their comic. Each time around, I'll give you the context behind one such "meta-message." Here is an archive of the past installments!

Today, we look at Ed Brubaker addressing the whole Captain America/France situation in Captain America #3 by Brubaker, Steve Epting and Michael Lark...

Last month, I featured Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen's response to the famous (infamous?) scene in the Ultimates #12 (by Mark Millar, Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary) where Captain America is caught in pitched battle with an old Nazi nemesis of his, Herr Kleiser, who, as it turns out, was actually part of an alien takeover of Earth. The very strong alien and Cap had quite a battle, and it all came to a head late in the issue...

Reader Michael H. was the first one to suggest I feature this back in February. However, in the comments section of the Ellis Meta-Messages, so many people suggested this one that I want to get it over with mostly just so that I can un-moderate all of those suggestions. Anyhow, a year and change after Ultimates 12, in Captain America #3 by Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting and Michael Lark (Steve Epting drew the present day parts and Lark draws the flashback pages), the Marvel Universe Captain America reflects on HIS feelings towards France...

Here's my problem - I find it a BIT hard to see this as Brubaker directly commenting on Millar's comic. It is definitely a meta-fictional response to people who DO treat France that way unfairly, but I don't know if I believe it was a direct reference to Millar. Maybe I'm wrong. Either way, it's close enough to be featured (as, again, it is definitely a meta-commentary directed at SOMEone - I think just regarding people in general who feel that way about France, but very possibly Mark Millar because of the Ultimates #12 line and, as I noted before, also because I want to get rid of these moderated comments suggesting I feature this one).

Thanks to Michael and about seven or eight commenters in the last thread for the suggestion! If YOU have a suggestion for a future Meta-Messages, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources (don't leave your suggestion in the comments, just e-mail me).

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