Before you see the word comic book and decide this article
isn’t for you, hear me out real quick: a lesbian Latina superhero strikes out on her own to take on her biggest challenge yet – going to
college. Are you hooked yet?
I was first introduced to America Chavez through the Young
Avengers comic books and she completely stole the show for me. As someone who was
introduced to superheroes through movies, I was used to the stereotypical lead
character following in the same narrative footsteps as all his straight, white
male brethren. To see a queer brown girl as a main character excited me (and
did I mention she can kick star shaped portals that lead to other
dimensions???). When it was announced that America Chavez would be
getting her own solo comic to be released in March of 2017, I couldn’t wait to get
my hands on it. The possibilities within America’s story are endless and Gabby
Rivera and Joe Quinones did not disappoint with this first issue.
Marvel made headlines when they first announced America
Chavez’s solo comic series, and not just because it was the triumphant return of
many people’s favorite hero, but also because it was announced that writer Gabby
Rivera would be spearheading the series. It was refreshing to hear that a gay Latina writer would be bringing truth and realness to this gay Latina character’s
story. The story follows America as she retires from her usual superhero-ing
business and enrolls in Sotomayer University – think Xavier’s School for Gifted
Youngsters but cooler. Rivera’s influence is prominent from the very first
page; from America’s relationship with her girlfriend Lisa to her memories of
her two mothers from the Utopian Parallel, it is the little things throughout
the first issue that imbue the character and the story with a sense of queerness
that kept me smiling. No matter how well-versed you are in comics or the
superhero genre, I definitely recommend the “America” series to everyone
seeking out more lesbian representation in their life.
I love how so many fandoms are basically just new versions of old things, but made gayer.
Sherlock: modern version of Sherlock Holmes where Sherlock and John Watson are in love
Merlin: re-tread of Merlin where Merlin is younger and he and King Arthur are deeply in love
Doctor Who: continuation of the Old Doctor Who, including an omnisexual, immortal Captain who got a spin off show
MCU: Adaptation of old Marvel comics where Iron Man, Captain America, and Bucky Barnes may or may not be in a super love triangle. On the side the X-Men backstory includes Magneto and Professor X being ex-boyfriends
Percy Jackson: Modern Greek Mythology including canon gay son of Hades with his possible son-of-Apollo boyfriend
Star Wars: The Fandom Awakened, this time with the main otps being a ex-stormtrooper with an x-wing pilot with both men being POC, along with the emo grandchild of Darth Vader and Evil Bill Weasley
OUAT: Fairy Tale characters in modern day and one of the main ships being The Evil Queen and the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, complete with them being mothers to the same child.