Book Review: America, Volume 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez by Gabby Rivera and Joe Quinones

 

 

517nneXMOJL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_America Chavez, formerly of the Young Avengers, currently leader of the Ultimates, is about to go to college. Of course, this isn’t without its difficulties and drama. Her girlfriend breaks up with her, robots try to steal research from the school, and old flame resurfaces, and a mysterious old woman appears. This volume includes the first six issues of the series and gives a good introduction to America, if you haven’t encountered her before. (You should totally read Young Avengers though.) America Chavez is one of my favorite Marvel characters. She takes no crap from anyone and has the ability to punch portals to other dimensions into existence. Seriously. No one is cooler than America Chavez.

I love this character, so I was already sold on the book before it even released. I especially appreciate the fact that Marvel actually hired a queer Latina woman to write a book starring a queer Latina character. That’s not often how things work out in world of comics. Also, Joe Quinones’ art is beautiful. The story here isn’t terribly deep, but elements of it are definitely satisfying. I particularly enjoyed the parts with Kate Bishop (AKA the best Hawkeye) as Kate and America’s friendship is so much fun to watch play out. Volume 2 came out recently, so I’m definitely going to dive into that shortly.

Review by Jessica A.

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