America Chavez is out and proud in the debut of her solo title, America.
While the comic book industry still has a long way to go in terms of diversity and inclusivity, America is a step in the right direction. As previously discussed here, America is a queer Latinx superhero and her solo title is being piloted by queer Latinx writer Gabby Rivera and Latinx artist Joe Quinones.
While she was a breakout character in Young Avengers and continued to find popularity in A-Force and leading the Ultimates, being a sarcastic, ass-kicking teenage superheroine isn’t always enough to carry your own title. Thankfully, Rivera taps into America’s pathos and sends her on a path of self-discovery and forming new relationships through the lense of going to college. While we touch on America’s affiliation with the Ultimates and aspects of her past, her solo title is very much about what America does when she’s not saving our world (or someone else’s).
Even though she’s from another dimension (one that she can’t return to), America’s homesickness and loneliness for her moms are feelings we can all relate to, especially those of us who are immigrants.
Immigrant stories still need to be told but it’s refreshing to see a lead Latinx immigrant who isn’t a tired cliche.
Quinones works together with inkers Joe and Paolo Rivera and colorist José Villarrubia to create a trendy, colorful world that straddles the fine line between too much and just perfect. Villarrubia’s outstanding use of color and the Riveras’ deft inking accentuate Quinones’ style and the three teams work together to elevate every panel. The art and writing come together with a visual energy that’s rarely this harmonious.
With such a strong start to her solo series, we’re looking forward to America’s adventures in her downtime. If you’re just now delving into comics or have been a long time veteran seeking something fresh, look no further. Check out your local comic book store for issue #1!