America #1 is an intriguing first ish from Gabby Rivera (the YA novel, Juliet Takes A Breath) about a young Latina girl with superpowers–who happens to be a lesbian–navigating her way in a world where she sits opposite many of her counterparts. Breaking out in Ultimates 2, America Chavez is forced to start her new life amd school alone, after her girlfriend backs out of rolling with her cross-country. This poignant moment nicely sets up America’s new journey of discovering just how deep her powers go.
My favorite aspects of this comic, besides the obvious chance Marvel took at reaching out to the LGBTA community through America #1‘s realistic modern-day setting (that also includes the admiration of children), is Chavez’ urban nature. She speaks with slang! I swear that when I saw the BOOM BAP frame, I instantly thought Hip-Hop which reflects America’s attitude and swag. Lastly, our hero-at-hand hits the travel button and suddenly finds herself the middle of WWII with Captain America leading the battle, jumping right into the thrall–delivering a nice blow to Hitler. I wanted the artwork of Joe Quinones (Howard the Duck) to have more detail, as I found it a tad underdeveloped and kiddish in relation to the content. Otherwise, this is one America we can be proud of. 3.5/5 Bibles.