The setup is this: The US government has passed a law requiring all superheroes to register. Jason Strongbow is sitting in his basement drinking a beer and contemplating his American Eagle costume hanging on a post. His black friend Steve enters and grabs a brew.
Even before the dialog begins, we're primed for something special. The basement, the beer, the unused costume, the black friend...how often do you see any of these elements in a Native-themed story? Almost never.
Here's the entire dialog:
JASON: I must've been crazy.
JASON: Hell, I must've looked like I was about to break into the chorus of "YMCA."
STEVE: Different times, Jason.
STEVE: This isn't the suit you wore back in the spring, though. Where's the beer?
JASON: Behind the gas cans.
JASON: And that suit got trashed by whatsisname. That drunken piece of--
STEVE: Bobby Lame Wolf from off the reservation?
JASON: Yeah, but he had a name. He found that crazy old Iron Man knock-off suit, the blue thing...the Cobalt Man suit, that was it.
JASON: Cobalt Tomahawk!
STEVE: Yes! Ha!
JASON: "I'm going to kill everyone in this casino unless you give me all the whiskey and make my girlfriend love me again!"
STEVE: So what’re you looking at the Village People costume for?
JASON: I dunno. This whole registration thing rubs me the wrong way.
STEVE: I dunno. You could probably get paid for the whole American Eagle thing if you signed up.
STEVE: But if I were you? I'd burn the damn thing and live to a ripe old age.
STEVE: Hell, I shouldn't be trying to influence you. You do what you want.
JASON: No, go on. I want to know if you're thinking what I'm thinking.
STEVE: Your skin’s the wrong color to sign up, man.
STEVE: You want to go to Washington and say, I'm the Injun who can kick the cheese out of Iron Man without breaking a sweat, and I'm here for some of that sweet federal money?
STEVE: Tell you what: I'll come with you, and see if they'll do me and my 40 acres and my damn mule while they're at it.
STEVE: Just my opinion, Jase. But this ain't super hero registration. This is making the skies safe for flying whitey.
STEVE: So what are you thinking?
JASON: What am I thinking, Steve?
JASON: I'm thinking about shoving their registration right up their backsides.
The only thing marring this otherwise impeccable scene is that Jason is wearing a headband. That's not usual for a modern-day Navajo man. But other than that, this is probably the best revamp of a Native character ever. American Eagle may not be the best Native superhero, but he's the most improved since his inception.
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