Released: October 31st 2017
Issues: America 1-6
After appearing in multiple team series such as the Ultimates and Young Avengers, America Chavez finally gets her own series, simply titled America. If you’re looking for an origin-esque story, then this is not the one for you. If you’re looking for a series with America as the main character and plot driver, then this may be what you’re looking for.
I’ll admit I was really looking forward to the release of this series. America Chavez is so unique, even in the world of superheroes, or maybe I should say especially in their world. She’s capable and confident and unafraid of who she is. Her ability set is amazing, and she strays from the norm for comic book heroes in both the way she looks and whom she loves. Needless to say I was thrilled when I heard the announcement that she was getting her own series.
I only wish that the series had lived up to my excitement. Perhaps it’s because I got my hopes up too high? It’s hard to be sure. I can safely say that I found most of the plots lackluster. For one thing it seemed like they were a series of mini-plots, as opposed to one larger one driving everything forward. I feel like America deserves better than that.
There were times the plot left me confused or nonplussed, and I find myself wishing for more clarity along with a stronger plot. Perhaps volume one was all about finding her voice, and from there it can only get better. There’s really only one way to find out I suppose.
On the bright side the artwork was absolutely wonderful. I loved everything about the work that Joe Quinones did here, from the art style to the color palette. It all felt right for America. Another huge bonus was the appearance of Hawkeye (Kate Bishop). I knew that the two girls knew each other, but I had not been aware that they had reached BFF status (I’m behind in my Kate Bishop reading, in case that wasn’t obvious), so that was nice to see.
I’ll be curious to see where America goes from here, if the plots will continue with more of a one-shot manner or if we’ll get some long term plots in the future. I know I would certainly appreciate the latter, and frankly I think America’s character could support it.