With all of the unrest and divide within our world these days, we all need ways to escape. Some of us may dive into a new TV show or hit the gym. But how about picking up a new comic book?
Interestingly, comics are no longer exclusively popular with (and catered to) guys. Marvel has more than 20 female-led series in production right now, which is more than any other publisher. If you are in need of a new hero, look no further than #MissAmerica, a.k.a. America Chavez.
Who Is Miss America?
The superhero Miss America was first introduced in 1943 under the alter ego Madeline Joyce. Living in Washington, D.C., she got her powers from a lightning strike, giving her superhuman strength, the ability to fly and enhanced stamina. Joyce at one point also had x-ray vision, but that ability eventually faded, resulting in her need of glasses.
Throughout Miss America's initial run, she battled big villains such as Red Skull and the Super-Axis. Joyce also went on to marry Robert Frank a.k.a. The Whizzer, and their first child would become Nuklo, a radioactive mutant. Joyce would die during her second childbirth before being retconned in the 1970s.
A Second Version Of Miss America Was Introduced In 2011
After her mothers sacrificed themselves, a queer, Latina teenager named #AmericaChavez found herself thrown into the Multiverse, where she decides to use her powers. Besides superhuman strength, speed and flight, she has the ability to punch through dimensions to travel to other realities.
Miss America has been a member of Teen Brigade, the Young Avengers, a female-led Avengers team called A-Force and the Ultimates. She soon became a fan-favorite among readers, causing Marvel to announce her solo series would debut in 2017.
The solo series, simply titled America, will be written by YA novelist Gabby Rivera and drawn by Joe Quinones, with cover art from Maguerite Sauvage. The first issue does not hit shelves until March, but the cover and a few variants have already been unveiled.
Even more exciting has been the most recent announcement for the cover of the second issue, which was revealed on Joe Quinones's Twitter account.
The Beyonce-inspired image plays homage to the singer's look from her recent album Lemonade, and shows America Chavez alongside Captain Marvel and Monica Rambeau. Looking at the comments below the posted image, fans are seemingly very excited to get their hands on the second issue. Also, be on the lookout for other popular characters to make appearances, such as Captain America and Storm.
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Why Now Is the Perfect Time For America Chavez
This is a very important time for comic book characters, as they are continually getting more inclusive and diverse. Just recently we have been given a black-hispanic Spider-Man in Miles Morales, a female Thor and a young female African-American Iron Man, just to name a few. Current events would tell you that there is still a fight for equality in our nation in terms of gender, race, the LGBTQ community and many others.
A kick-ass woman who fits multiple identities and fights evil while standing up for her beliefs is exactly what we need as inspiration right now. Even though this is a fictional character, she resonates with many who could be struggling with acceptance among their community. And if this character can help us escape from reality in any way, then I am all for it!
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