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Psych Ward: The Blue Marvel

Does America have anything fear from one of its mightiest protectors?

By Tim Stevens As per Tony Stark's request, the writer reviewed all the files made available to him concerning Adam Brashear, the super powered Blue Marvel. The aim of this assessment is to discern the individual's mental fitness, attitudes, and dependability in a crisis. It should be noted that very little information on Brashear was available. What was provided was often incomplete and/or colored by the institutional racism of the time in which it was written. Therefore, it is the opinion of this writer that in order to best serve the request, S.H.I.E.L.D. would need to make all files related to the individual available or allow the writer access to Brashear to perform a face-to-face assessment. Until such time as either of those occurs, however, these are the observations compiled from the existing data.

The individual is in incredible physical shape for his age. The files indicate that while he is aging, he is doing it at a much slower rate than normal humans and that his powers do not appear to have diminished. There is no evidence that Brashear has any Axis I disorders. All comments on his emotional state characterize him as being largely calm and collected. At times when faced with situations that would elicit an emotional reaction, he reacted appropriate to the circumstances. The individual never claims to hear or see things others cannot and there were no noted behaviors that would have indicated any kinds of hallucinations. Brashear also appears to be devoid of any personality disorders. He presents as humble, but not unable to acknowledge he has certain gifts that make him different than most. He tends to friendly and charitable without manipulation or expectation of reciprocation. To speak to Stark's specific concerns about the possibility that the Brashear might possess some ill will towards the United States Government or S.H.I.E.L.D. is problematic. Using a great deal of supposition, this writer is able to, essentially, make some guesses about it. The information that follows should be viewed with this in mind.

While one could hardly blame the individual for any anger or grudges he might still possess, there is no evidence of any such attitudes. Despite being forced to suppress his abilities and held in a sort of fishbowl kind of exile (including, in essence, an assigned wife), he has remained a strong believer in the potential of America and a great proponent of the idea that America's ideal view of itself can be achieved, even if it is not yet a reality. Furthermore, in being one of the most powerful humans of earth, if revenge was his goal, he could have, arguably, taken it any moment. Therefore, it is the opinion of this writer that Brashear can be counted on to do what is right and good for this country. That said, it would be foolish not to at least acknowledge the possibility that the sudden reappearance of Anti-Man may very well be a culmination of a plot to gain access to S.H.I.E.L.D. and betray and humiliate it by making an alliance with a former enemy. Again, though, this seems highly unlikely given everything else observed about Brashear. Further information on Blue Adam can be found in ADAM: LEGEND OF THE BLUE MARVEL #4, prepared by Doctors Kevin Grevioux and Mat Broome and being made available for review on February 11. Tim Stevens is a Mental Health Supervisor currently pursuing his Psy D. Check out the official Marvel Shop for your favorite Marvel Heroes!



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