America Chavez is quite the breath of fresh air to those around her. A boundless mix of impulsiveness with charisma for days, Chavez has no time to be mired down in emotional issues, but ironically seeing her toil with those issues is one of the most interesting parts of her debut issue.
Spoilers for America #1 incoming, so you've been warned.
Chavez doesn't fit into your prototypical hero mold, though she has a resume that any hero worth their salt would be proud of. Writer Gabby Rivera gives readers a character that is undoubtedly sure of herself in outward appearance but struggles with the same internal dilemmas and doubts everyday people are accustomed to. She's at home when punching an alien lifeform, but the nerve endings are left vulnerable when the topic shifts to love.
She's a character that's needed in this day and age. Her sexuality is simply a facet of her character without becoming the sole definer of it. The same method is applied to her race, resulting in a multicultural character that doesn't feel like a checking of the boxes, but rather an embracing of the variety her namesake employs.
The lively artwork of Joe Quinones only helps in this regard, as this book is as visually inspiring as the lead character, carrying an energetic visual style that compliments the book's vision.
In short, this is a delightful way to kick things off for America Chavez, and if you're looking for something with a unique point of view, well look no further.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
America #1 is written by Gabby Rivera with art by Joe Quinones. You can find the official description for the issue below, and you can check out a preview of the issue in the gallery.
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!
America #1 is in comic shops now.
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