You might know Latina heroine America Chavez from a mini-series like Vengeance (2011), or like me from Kieron Gillen’s inclusion of Chavez in his Young Avengers (2013), and more recently from her appearance in A-Force, but soon she’s back with her own series, finally, called simply America.
The series, written by YA author Gabby Rivera, and drawn by Joe Quinones (Howard the Duck), takes the teenage superheroine to college to explore her own life. But of course, less than ordinary adventures ensue. Seeing a hero juggle a social life, workload, and trying to “fit in” worked well in Squirrel Girl, and in this case we’re dealing with a hero who has assumed major leadership roles already as well. Should be quite explosive!
The fact that America is not only a woman, but also Latina, and known for her physical strength, are all features that contribute to greater character diversity in comics. Hopefully her presence in her own series will pave the way for even wider ranging presentation of body type, ethnicity, and gender in mainstream comics.
Here are the multiple covers for America #1, arriving March 1st, drawn by Jamie McKelvie, Joe Quinones, Cliff Chiang, Skottie Young, John Tyler Christopher, and Jeffrey Veregge:
And here’s our peek at the interiors of issue #1:
America #1 reaches FOC today, February 6th, and is currently listed in Previews World with item code: JAN170901