Many of us do! Via Marvel’s letter page, or by speaking to Marvel representatives at cons, or by tagging tweets and posts appropriately.
And yes, it is sad that Sam as Cap will probably be torpedoed by Remender’s presence in the book; the sales numbers were already plummeting by the time that tidbit came out. Despite the very public way in which fans objected to Remender and the very public way in which Remender and others who support him reacted to that objection, Marvel may not see the difference between “hate this book because of the writer” and “hate this book because Steve’s not Cap”.
Unfortunately I think it’s also true that despite the massive influx into Marvel of really good, intellectual, and inclusive writers — Kelly Sue DeConnick, G. Willow Wilson, Matt Fraction, to name a few — the editorial and management staff at Marvel seem to be very much still an Old Boys Network. (Tip for Marvel: if you’re reading this and you think you aren’t an Old Boys Network, you should be aware you’re not coming off in the best light.) I think it’s finally starting to let up, but artists and writers are still very much being judged on their gender and race rather than their skill and talent in the industry at large. Certainly Liefeld and Remender are proof they are not being judged on their professionalism. In any other field, what both of them have said in public would get them fired at the least, and probably make them unemployable. And yet they both have jobs, presumably because the consequences of their actions were either not visible or ignored by their editors.
So yes, I think people should absolutely take every opportunity they can to say “I am reading Ms. Marvel because I support the presence of women of colour in comics” and “I am not reading anything by Rick Remender because I do not support douchebags in comics” and whatever else they support or do not support on political/social grounds.
It’s worth noting that if you want to read/support Sam as Cap without reading a book written by Remender, there’s always;
Starting in November, it’s a relaunch of Al Ewing’s Mighty Avengers which has been really great so far. His take on Sam is enjoyable, writing him as equal parts capable badass and loveable nerd (there’s a great bit where he insists on calling himself ‘S.H.I.E.L.D. Super-Agent Falcon’ every time he reports to Nick Fury) so I think he’s going to do a great job with Sam as Cap. The book also features;
- A cast of kickass women in varied roles (Monica Rambeau, yay!)
- A cast of kickass PoC in varied roles (Luke Cage, yay!)
- A good mix of superheroic melodrama and humour.
- …granted, it also has Greg Land on art. Which… yeah. But he’s stepping down for the relaunch, and Luke Ross will be the main artist on the series for the new run.
So if you want to read a book featuring Sam Wilson as Captain America, but don’t want to buy one written by a guy who’ll tell you to ‘drown yourself in hobo piss’ if you disagree with him, then Captain America and the Mighty Avengers might be worth a look!
Ohhhh yay! That’s exciting, and I hadn’t heard about it. Mighty Avengers has been kind of variable in quality for me — I’m not that interested in what someone’s dad was doing in the 70s — but I’ll put up with less than spectacular writing for Sam!Cap. :D