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America Chavez: Made in the USA #1
Writer: Kalinda Vazquez
Artist: Carlos Gomez
Colorist: Jesus Aburtov
Letterer: VC’S Travis Lanham
Maturity Rating: T+
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: March 3, 2021
America Chavez: Made in the USA #1 is the start of a new five-issue miniseries surrounding the one and only America Chavez. Best of all, we’re about to learn a little bit more about her history.
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Her History Comes to Light in America Chavez: Made in the USA #1
She’s back! Okay, she was never technically gone, just out of the limelight for a while. But now America is about to get another run of her series. And it all starts with America Chavez: Made in the USA #1.
This series is about to do a deep dive into America: who she is, how her powers work, and even her history. This makes it a solid starting point for new fans, and a plot arc full of interesting facts for those who have been reading her story all along. At least, that’s sincerely what I’m hoping we’re going to get out of this series.
America Chavez, for those that don’t know about her, is a strong and confident woman. She has the ability to punch portals into existence. (And, as you might have guessed from her aesthetic, they are in the shape of stars.) She’s a Latin-American LGBTQ+ character, and we’re going to get to see her on the big screen very soon (hint: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness).
It’s been a hot minute since America has had her own series. Honestly, it’s good to see her back. America Chavez: Made in the USA #1, written by Kalinda Vazquez, is a strong start to this new series. It quickly portrays the young woman in an easy and approachable way.
Don’t get me wrong—there are plenty of references to her past in Marvel as well, from her allies to parts of her background. It all folds rather nicely with the new information that is coming out here. It creates something that is fascinating, and something that I think all fans—old and new—can enjoy.
What America Chavez: Made in the USA #1 really nails is the storytelling. There’s a steady build going on, all of it focused on America and her past—her families. It’s intriguing, for everything that has been shown, and everything that has been oh-so-carefully left out.
Obviously, that means that it raises plenty of questions, as well, leaving readers (well, myself at least) eager to see what is going to happen next. Throw in the additional elements, such as secondary (familiar) characters, humor, and some social commentary, and it makes for a highly compelling read.
If you’re looking for a visually dramatic issue to read, then America Chavez: Made in the USA #1 is the issue for you. Carlos Gomez (art), Jesus Aburtov (colors), and VC’s Travis Lanham (letters) all worked so hard to bring her story to life, and it shows. Every panel is evocative in its own way, be it portraying her life many years ago, or the battles she’s facing now. Her style is iconic, as always, and leaves her open to plenty of memorable scenes and poses.
And of course, let us not forget the guest characters for this issue. Both characters (most recently seen together in their run on West Coast Avengers) are immediately recognizable—no introductions needed. Also, I simply adore Ramone’s style, so I may be slightly biased there.
America Chavez: Made in the USA #1 is a fantastic start to this latest series. It’s perfect for fans who want to keep reading about her, and perfect for fans that want to learn more about her before she makes her major MCU appearance. No matter the reason, do be sure to check it out!
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