I must be a stupid person for not having realized this before now, but Holy Crap America Chavez in this scene. I just realized she’s been fighting and running from her moms, the second most important people in her life, for likely almost 24 hours. Unlike the other Mother-controlled parents, they can appear anywhere because they essentially died in every reality. So it’s likely that, from the moment she left Billy’s apartment complex, she’s been fighting for her life. Unlike Noh’s, who only showed up when he was trying to interfere with the Mother’s plans, the Amerimoms have been on her tail likely since the spell began. Mother likely knew she was going to be a problem and tried to off her at the beginning.
Have you realized how many times America has likely had to kill her moms, her goddamn heroines, by herself in the past 24 hours? How many times she thought she got away, kicking into another dimension, only to realize there was no escape? That she’d have to kill her moms again for ten minutes respite?
How telling is it that by the time she saves Billy and Teddy from Laufey, seeing her dead moms garners zero emotional reaction anymore? That seeing her idols back from the dead is nothing?
She could’ve gone to Billy, her god, for help. He’s a reality warper, she probably thought he could’ve done something. Hell, Teddy could’ve helped with the punching at least. But she promised to protect him. Her problems, no matter how awful they were, were hers alone.
Holy Crap America Chavez…
tl;dr America’s been killing her moms for the past 24 hours and has zero time for any bullshit.
America’s origin! Sorta what you’d expect from all the clues, except for the part where Billy created her home dimension and she’s a princess! Love lil’ America and her determination! Christian Ward is a stellar artist. Utopia was gorgeous.
The Art of Reading Character Arcs, Vol. 1 - 3: America Chavez
I’m pretty much done ranting about America Chavez for the weekend. I have video games to play and novels to read and fresh air to experience. But in case any deliberately obtuse racists attempt to reduce her to a flattened sassy & violent Latina stereotype, here is a handy compilation of my posts about three of America’s fairly major character arcs, with useful screenshots and a lot of rambling.
Time for some, show-don’t-tell, Look it’s a character arc!
America Chavez x Moms x Running Away vs. Running Towards.
America starts off dressed up and playing Demiurge with the other kids, running running running cause they can’t catch her. And she keeps running. Is she running towards new worlds where she can follow in her moms’ footsteps? Or, as her internalized guilt / Mother’s fake dead Amerimoms would have it, is she running away from the future her parents gave everything to create for her? Physically and emotionally bruised by the memories of her parents, the only way she can live up to the ideals and memories of the women who inspired her is by destroying the fake resurrected versions of them (shades of the undead Britannia in Phonogram, Vol. 1), as they insist (like all parents do) that they just wanted what was best for her. But she wanted what was best for herself, too, and growing up means making those tough calls for yourself. She was never running away.
When the engines break down, Billy (Billy Kaplan) asks her to carry who she can and get them away quickly but America Chavez doesn’t run.