The Marvel Universe is always expanding, and this time it's getting a bit queerer. Introducing America Chavez, a queer Latina superhero who's hear to fight against President Trump's homophobia and racism.
The debut of her cover art, by comic book artist Joe Quinones, is an homage to Queen B's "Formation" video, but our new superhero has a grimace on her face that looks like she means business. Brown skin decked in all red, white, and blue surely sends a message in these dark times and America is ready to fight.
Her first mission is to fight against an invading alien horde, all the while keeping her social life active and attending school. She sounds like our kind of girl.
The comic is being written by Gabby Rivera, the Puerto Rican author of the young adult novel Juliet Takes a Breath. Gabby is intent on creating a strong superhero to add to the diverse Marvel Universe but is a bit nervous about people's receptions.
"It's a little bit terrifying and intimidating to be a queer woman entering the Marvel Universe," she told Refinery29. "Internally I've been like, man are people gonna read this and tear me apart because of my identities? Because I'm a woman?"
Any and all inclusions of queer Latina characters are very welcome in an America that wants to go backwards rather than forwards. America #2 soars onto shelves March 1.