While the US has Captain America, China now has, uh, Captain China. Part of a secret "Super Human" project, he's Soviet pistol wielding, cytogenetically frozen super commie from the days of the Chinese Revolution.
So when President Obama visits China — to ask the Chinese for, I guess, money — who's there to protect the President from an assassination attempt? Why, Captain China.
Here's how the publisher describes it: "Captain China is a propaganda-styled comic series aimed at capturing the main-stream consciousness of China. The stories will reflect and give insight to China's current political stance, social environment, and cultural differences by blending complex characters, historical information, geographic locations, comic satire, and over-the-top explosive action!"
The origin story is similar to Captain America's (the American superhero was also frozen for 50 years and carries a gun). But Captain China also has a helmet that makes him look like Iron Man from afar.
KindleComicBooks is digitally publishing the comic, which is available in both Chinese and English. KindleComicBooks' website is throwing up 404s, so there's not much information about the publisher. This isn't exactly Marvel, folks.
The comic is getting publicity in China, where it's being viewed more as an oddity (Communist superhero? L-O-L) than an actual, serious comic. Chinese sites note that this hero is riding on the coattails of The Avengers, while others aren't exactly thrilled with the character design or the comic itself. "This blows," wrote one Chinese net user.
But come on. Don't listen to the haters! We're all a little safer with the World's Greatest Communist Hero out there. Don't believe me? Check out some sample pages in the above gallery and rest easy, comrades.
Captain China [Amazon Thanks, Keng Hua!]