- The Washington Times - Monday, May 23, 2016

Marvel Comics readers who oppose the massive influx of Syrian refugees to Europe will find themselves cast as Nazi-like villains in this week’s release of “Steve Rogers: Captain America.”

The relaunch of Marvel’s red, white and blue avenger puts the ideological views of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s critics into the mouth of Nazi villain “Red Skull.”

“I have just come from Europe — my homeland, in fact. And do you know what I saw there? It was an invading army. These so-called ‘refugees’ — millions of them — marching across the continent, bringing their fanatical beliefs and their crime with them,” Captain America’s nemesis says. “They attack our women, and bomb our cities. And how do our leaders respond? Do they push them back and enforce the borders, as is our sovereign duty? Of course not. They say, ‘Here, take our food. Take our shelter. Take our way of life, and then take our lives.’ Despicable.”

Previews of the issue, which comes out Wednesday, were released to Comic Book Resources (CBR) on May 19.

“Your entire culture is under siege,” Red Skull continues to an American audience. “The principles your country was founded upon lost in the name of ‘tolerance.’ Your religion, your beliefs, your sense of community — all tossed aside like trash. And you cannot even speak out against it, lest you be called a bigot!”

Writer Nick Spencer previously used his position at Marvel to mock Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s immigration stance. The Marvel scribe used a fictional terrorist organization called Sons of the Serpent to discuss “the mighty wall” along the U.S. border with Mexico.

“Marvel does its usual thing of putting perfectly reasonable right-wing opinions into the mouth of an evil villain,” responded a CBR reader last week. “Glad I decided to not put this propaganda on my pull list.

A Twitter follower asked Mr. Spencer on Sunday who drove him to “blind hatred” of “most, if not all, Republicans.”

“It’s not blind. Kinda the opposite,” he responded.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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