Thursday, May 06, 2010

Marvel-ous: The Truth: Red, White, and Black (2004)

Peace and blessings,

Man, talk about a post that's about two years late, lol! When I first heard about "The Truth: Red, White, & Black" (2004), I called many comic book stores in the Bay Area trying to track it down (I would have got it from Amazon but it was too expensive, like twice as much as normal!). After contacting about 7 stores or so, I finally found it. Come to think of it, I think the last store I called that had it, only had one copy left! If you thought Steve Rogers (Captain America) was the first U.S. Soldier to "successfully" benefit from the abilities afforded by the Super-Soldier Serum (SSS), then think again...

Depicting events in a similar vein as the actual events that took place during Tuskegee Experiment from the early 1930s to the early 1970s, "Truth" tells the story of how before Steve Rogers was given the SSS, earlier versions of it was tested on Black Soldiers during the early stages of WW II. Of the many soldiers who died during these experiments (in which the black soldiers were forced/mislead into participating in), one solider was a "success": Isaiah Bradley.

My apologies in advance if I make a mistake in summarizing the story. It's been about 1.5 - 2 years since I last read it. After serving his country as the first "super - weapon" against the Nazis, Isaiah Bradley eventually gets captured by Nazis and has an "interesting" conversation with, if my memory serves me correctly, was Hitler. In this conversation, Hitler tells Isaiah the "Truth" about how much he is valued by his country in general and the U.S. army specifically.

Either sometime during or after the war, Isaiah started experiencing serious side effects from the SSS, most notably mental retardation. Learning about the atrocities that were these experiments, and the other "moral compromises" made by the U.S. during this time, Steve Rogers condemned the actions and goes to pay Isaiah a visit at his home. In many ways, Isaiah's legacy lives on through his grandson,Elijah Bradley, leader of the New Avengers. Rather or not you are familiar with the Tuskegee Experiment, I recommend you check out "Truth." A review of the book can be found here

What do you think? If you've read it, what are your thoughts? If not, do you plan on checking it out? Why or why not? Take care, God bless, and speekonit...

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