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The Variant Edition Regularity

The following was originally published as part of The Variant Edition Regularity – our weekly comics and pop culture newsletter. If you would like to receive articles like this, as well as other mindful takes on pop culture news, you can subscribe at the bottom of this page.

Fun fact: we’re not fond of Nazis at Variant Edition. That… kind of goes without saying at this point, but it’s information that’s weirdly relevant to one of the big comic events coming out really soon.

A few months ago, you might have heard about a storyline in one of Marvel’s Captain America books that saw Steve Rogers revealed as a secret Hydra agent. This immediately set the internet aflame as one of the most fervent enemies of the Nazi scourge – as created by Jewish creators – was now effectively part of a group with ties to the powerful hate group. Seems strange, right?

Well, here’s a bit of context: Steve Rogers was involved in a big event that heavily featured a young girl who could alter reality at the centre of it. As this Hydra twist was revealed, so was the fact that this young girl had been brainwashed by Hydra to affect Steve’s reality, causing him to believe he was a sleeper Hydra agent all along. It’s a move that only works in comics, and even then, just barely.