At last! Everyone’s favorite no-nonsense powerhouse, America Chavez, gets her own series! Written by critically-acclaimed YA novelist Gabby Rivera (Juliet Takes A Breath) and drawn by all-star artist Joe Quinones (HOWARD THE DUCK), Marvel Comics’ brand new AMERICA series shines a solo spotlight on the high-octane and hard-hitting adventures of the one and only America Chavez! America has always been uncontestably awesome, and as the newly appointed leader of the Ultimates, she’s now officially claimed her place as the preeminent butt-kicker of the Marvel Universe! But while leading a team of heroes and punching out big bads is great and all, it doesn’t really leave much time for self-discovery… So what’s a super-powered teenager do when she’s looking for a little fulfillment? She goes to college! She just has to stop an interdimensional monster or two first, plus shut down a pesky alien cult that’s begun worshipping her exploits!

America Issue 1
America #1
Published by Marvel
Writer:  Gabby Rivera
Artist:  Joe Quinones
Inks: Joe Rivera and Paolo Rivera
Colors: Jose Villarrubia
Letters: Travis Lanham

Release Date: August 2010

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Greetings and Salutations readers,

It’s me with some more comic reviews. I made the mistake of saying I read something in front of the boss and he went ‘write a review, please’. So I shrugged and started to rummage through the less than mighty stack of read comics to see if I could find it. The comic hero I’m talking about today has been no stranger to the headlines. I remember roaming through facebook and seeing the fuss about America. She looked awesome and I thought would be a cool addition to Marvels huge and already pretty diverse universe. As I got involved with Scattered Comics and CK Comics I got to meet some awesome new people. One being Ramon Villalobos who did work on some of the later issues of America. Looking through Marvels website now, it’s fairly difficult to find much about America anymore. She doesn’t show up on the initial Characters page, or under the Women of Marvel section. It’s a shame since I think she is a fairly strong addition to the marvel universe.

It was a little while until I got my hands on a copy of issue 1 to read so I didn’t totally know what to expect. I had heard the general talking points (Latina, two moms, identifies as queer) but not a whole lot on how she actually fit into the universe. I had heard the term “female version Captain America” which confused me more. I wasn’t sure if she was literally Captain America but somehow a Latina female or if she was an entirely new, unique character on her own. I was hoping heavily for the latter. Luckily that was what I got and she’s very much a great strong female lead that definitely goes well with Marvels historically long line of badass women.

The events of the issue take place as America, wanting to take a small break from the Ultimates, decides to go to college. The first issue is a fairly standard establishing story into her particular life and the universe. Wanting to honor the memory of her mothers she does her best to be a hero, and she does a good job alongside the other Ultimates. But as things usually do eventually, both in stories and reality, people start going their own way and reevaluate their lives. America is no different and decides that maybe college would be a good next step in becoming a better person and hero. She has a falling out with her girlfriend who comes to the decision that, while she loves America, she realized that uprooting her own life to follow her isn’t something she’s ready to do.  The college is impressive with some of the classes taking place in Holodeck style simulators, and also have capabilities to neutralize powers, causing students to primarily depend on their knowledge to complete tasks which America quickly finds out when she tries to produce a star portal. She runs into Prodigy who tells her about a machine he’s currently working on that she may be able to help with.

The comic does a lot of jumping around in order to tie up some loose ends and I did occasionally find some of the dialog odd and kind of clunky. But being her big solo debut I do give it a bit of leeway in that regard. There’s a lot of things I really like about this character and I want to read more about her. The art is beautiful and bright which is to be expected from a Marvel title. The writing is not my absolute favorite; they try to check so many boxes so many times that it doesn’t always add to the story in an organic, good way. That being said there is a lot of potential and I’ve only read the first chapter. I truly hope they continue this character for a while and continue to improve on her story whether solo or part of a team.

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-Maria B.