America Chavez: Made In The USA (2021-) #1 by Kalinda Vázquez
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’ve worked with Carlos Gomez a couple of times in the past, inking some art he did for Charlie McElvy’s WatchGuard, and I have to say that I really love his artwork. It’s always good to see him working for the Big Two.
We catch up with Miss America Chavez as she’s fighting some giant mutant moles with her old West Coast Avengers chums (oh how I miss that comic) when she’s suddenly reminded of her past by a fan. This ultimately leads to us learning more of her past with her adoptive family and then returning to the East Coast to rescue them from being sealed within a mysterious forcefield. It becomes clear by the end of the issue that someone from her past is out to settle some old scores.
It’s just enough to draw you in and want more, which is what a first issue should do, ideally.
The art, as I have already intimated, is gorgeous, and the writing is really good, although there are some odd bits of dialogue that don’t flow well. It makes me wonder if this was maybe done Marvel style and the writer isn’t familiar with working that way. It’s hard to put into words why it feels that way to me…but, anyway, it didn’t really spoil my enjoyment of what is an otherwise excellent book.