Overpowered Beings: An Alpha Male Amped, Blue Marvel Is The #BlackSuperman Rooting Out Racism

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ADAM BRASHEAR IS AN ALPHA MALE

In Ultimates (2016) #4, Adam Brashear rescues Sergeant Conner Sims on his first day of combat.
In Ultimates (2016) #4, Adam Brashear rescues Sergeant Conner Sims on his first day of combat. Marvel Comics.

In Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel (2008) #1, is Blue Marvel’s explosive debut. For the origin story, Adam Brashear was born in Chicago, Illinois. At a young age, Adam attracted the attention as a child prodigy. As an adult, the young man attended Cornell University. There, he was a fullback on the football team and graduated magna cum laude. Incredibly, Adam had Ph.Ds. in electrical engineering and theoretical physics.

Really, Adam was an alpha male. During the Korean War, he served as a private in the Marine Corps. There, he met Sergeant Conner Sims. On his first day of combat, Adam saved Sergeant Sims’ life. In fact, Adam earned two Silver Stars.

AS #BLACKSUPERMAN, BLUE MARVEL SPORTS TOO MANY SUPER POWERS

Blue Marvel and the Mighty Avengers. Marvel Comics.

In Ultimates (2016) #4, we learn the origin of Blue Marvel. In 1960, Adam Brashear was working on Project Pegasus. At the time, the now agent of the Army Security Agency, Connor Sims, visited his lab. To this end, they aimed to retrieve anti-matter from the Negative Zone through a Negative Reactor. Through the singularity, they would stabilize the positive and negative energies. Certainly, they intended to generate limitless clean energy. Suddenly, the device exploded and forever changed both men. Adam was knocked unconscious while Connor dissipated away. Later, Adam became a stable antimatter reactor while Connor would become Anti-Man, his nemesis.

As Blue Marvel, Adam possesses a plethora of super powers: Anti-Matter Energy Absorption Physiology, Superhuman Strength, Nigh Invulnerability, Anti-Matter Manipulation with Concussive Force Bolts, Energy Pulse, Force field, Flight, Longevity, Matter Manipulation, Energy Manipulation, Hyper-Cosmic Awareness.

Even more impressive, Blue Marvel possesses these powers at a level comparable to Sentry.

RACISM IN AMERICA FORCED BLUE MARVEL TO RETIRE

In Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel, Blue Marvel's identity is revealed when his helmet is damage in battle.
In Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel (2008) #1, Blue Marvel’s identity is revealed when his helmet is damage in battle. Marvel Comics.

In Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel (2008) #1, racism in America forces Blue Marvel into early retirement. During a battle, Blue Marvel’s full-face helmet is damaged. At that time, America discovers that their hero is an African American. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy grants the #BlackSuperman the Presidential Medal of Freedom. On the same day, he orders Blue Marvel to retire. Though initially conflicted, Blue Marvel eventually retires.

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WHY BLUE MARVEL IS AN OVERPOWERED BEING

HE REGULARLY HANGS WITH UATU THE WATCHER

In Mighty Avengers (2014) #10, Blue Marvel becomes the godfather of Uatu the Watcher's baby.
In Mighty Avengers (2014) #10, Blue Marvel becomes the godfather of Uatu the Watcher’s baby. Marvel Comics.

In Adam: Legend Of The Blue Marvel (2009) #4, Blue Marvel and Uatu the Watcher’s friendship starts. On the Blue Area of the moon, Blue Marvel leaves the Presidential Medal of Freedom. There, he meets the Watcher. Later, Blue Marvel will have multiple conversations at important moments. In Mighty Avengers (2014) #10, Blue Marvel and Uatu become peers. Amazingly, Blue Marvel becomes the godfather of Uatu The Watcher’s baby. Indeed, family ties of cosmic proportions.

POWERFUL ENOUGH TO TAKE ON THE SQUADRON SUPREME

In Squadron Supreme (2016) #10, Ulysses' visions guide Blue Marvel in a fight against the Squadron Supreme.
During Civil War II, Ulysses’ visions guided Blue Marvel into a fight with the Squadron Supreme. Marvel Comics.

During Civil War II, Ulysses’ visions guided Blue Marvel into a fight with the Squadron Supreme. To begin, Nighthawk decided the Squadron Supreme’s next mission. Simply put, they must stop an organization called Think Tank from irresponsibly harnessing black holes.

Together, Hyperion, Thundra, Doctor Spectrum, Blur and Nighthawk embark on their mission. On the way, they are intercepted by Blue Marvel. During the battle, Blur narrates that Blue Marvel is as powerful as Hyperion. Using Ulysses’ visions, Blue Marvel incapacitates the Squadron Supreme. Until, he is in a stalemate with Hyperion. In the end, the Squadron Supreme retreats.

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HE ONCE PUNCHED THE SENTRY INTO ORBIT

In Adam: Legend Of The Blue Marvel (2009) #5, an all-out Blue Marvel punches Sentry into orbit.
In Adam: Legend of The Blue Marvel (2009) #5, an all-out Blue Marvel punches Sentry into orbit. Marvel Comics.

In Adam: Legend of The Blue Marvel (2009) #5, Blue Marvel engages in an all-out fight with Sentry and the Mighty Avengers. To stop Anti-Man from destroying the Earth, Blue Marvel plans to detonate the villain. In fact, he intends to contain the explosion and dissipate it into space. However, Iron Man and Mister Fantastic disagree. Violently, Blue Marvel storms out of Avengers Tower with the Mighty Avengers in pursuit.

After a brief scuffle with Iron Man, Ms. Marvel and Ares, Blue Marvel fights Sentry. Brutally, Sentry bludgeons Blue Marvel. When Robert realizes Blue Marvel has pushed him to the limits of his power, the #BlackSuperman punches him into orbit. Then, Sentry returns. Finally, aided by the Avengers, Robert gains the upper hand.

In the end, Blue Marvel collapses in the rubble.

ROOTING OUT RACISM, HE DEFEATED THE TEAM-WRECKER ANTI-MAN

In Adam: Legend Of The Blue Marvel (2009) #5, Blue Marvel detonates Anti-Man.
In Adam: Legend Of The Blue Marvel (2009) #5, Blue Marvel detonates Anti-Man. Marvel Comics.

Originally, Anti-Man sought to combat racism by destructive methods. Though, he ended up nearly killing his best friend, Adam, an African-American. At the end of Adam: Legend Of The Blue Marvel (2009) #5, Blue Marvel detonates Anti-Man.

In the issue, Anti-Man is causing antimatter storms that are opening an aperture to the Negative Zone. Together with the Mighty Avengers, Blue Marvel succeeds in destabilizing Anti-Man’s molecular vibration frequency. Then, Blue Marvel causes the villain to explode in space. Fortunately, Blue Marvel successfully contains the explosion then dissipates the energy into space.

A propos, in an editorial, Michael Granger at You Don’t Read Comics shares his personal experience regarding Blue Marvel as #BlackSuperman and racism:

Some people love street-level heroes, Batman, Black Panther, Daredevil, and Spiderman, and so on. But my heart always had a place for the big heavy hitters, and finally, here was one that looked like me, who experienced racism, and whom I related to directly. As someone whose parents and uncles were raised in the Jim Crow south, who attended a predominantly white high school, and as a soldier, I couldn’t help but relate to the character.

-“Black Superman? The Potential Of Blue Marvel,” YOU DON’T READ COMICS

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REFERENCES

Ultimates Vol 3 4 in Marvel Database.
Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Adam Brashear (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel Vol 1 4 in Marvel Database.
Mighty Avengers Vol 2 10 in Marvel Database.
Civil War II in Marvel Database.
Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel Vol 1 5 in Marvel Database.
Black Superman? The Potential Of Blue Marvel in You Don’t Read Comics.

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