14 March 2017
Review: America Issue 1
America Chavez, aka Miss America, finally has her own stand alone series and if you missed the news I wouldn't be surprised. While America's arrival has been a hit especially in the feminist and LGBT media, if you went to Marvel.com and tried to find any news, you'd find yourself on a character page that doesn't have an icon yet.
Maybe this reflects a hesitancy to fully embrace this bad ass queer Latina superhero? In the first issue we get to meet America as she kicks ass, kisses her girlfriend, punches Hitler, and has a horrible first day at college. I legit cried when I saw that she is attending Sotomayor University. I mean, THIS COMIC!!
Why should you pick up a copy?
Because it is a moral imperative. America is part of the growing Marvel universe that looks like the world. She also looks and acts like a young Latina ready to be on her own, complete with the swagger and attitude of a young person. Alas, keeping with the trope that one must rise above without parents, America has lost her mothers. Marvel is working on representation in relation to our superhero and her creators and it matters, so buy a copy.
Outside of supporting representative media, it is a great first issue. While I am a comics reader and have been consuming a lot of Marvel since Thor was reborn as a woman in 2014, I am not super familiar with America's backstory. Which can be good when a comic is relaunched like this. There is enough backstory and current story that left me wanting more. Plus America reminds me of so many of my Latinx friends that I can not wait to see what she does next.
Go buy a copy from your local comic book store or buy a digital copy from Marvel.
Disclaimer: I bought my own copy and get no kick back for telling you to buy this comic.
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