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It’s a new week! We’ve got a lot coming at you and we’re excited for the week! We’re kicking things off with some news you might have missed from around the web.

The Hollywood Reporter – America Chavez Co-Creator Declines Marvel’s “Insult of an Offer” for ‘Doctor Strange 2’ – Well worth the read.

Kotaku – Famed Manga Artist Fujiko A. Fujio A Dies At 88 – Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and fans.

How to Love Comics – How To Start Reading Usagi Yojimbo [Guide] – If you need some help as to where to start.

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She’s Beauty, She’s Grace.. America Chavez Is Now Available on Marvel Contest of Champions

Punch your way through dimensions and become champion as America Chavez enters The Contest in Kabam’s MARVEL Contest of Champions!

America Chavez was born in an alternate dimension outside of time and space, the Utopian Parallel. Being a Dimension in close proximity to the Demiurge, America Chavez absorbed powerful mystical energies which granted her the ability to willfully travel through alternate Dimensions. 

Take a look at America Chavez’s Champion Spotlight, which details her abilities, history, strengths, and recommended masteries. 

Other MARVEL Contest of Champions updates, including bug fixes, balance updates, the Assault on Olympus Event Quest and more can be found HERE.

Hercules and America Chavez Join Marvel Contest of Champions

The Contest continues as Kabam introduces fan-voted, Summoner’s Choice Champion HERCULES!  Joined by Mystic Brawler AMERICA CHAVEZ! Find out more about their stories in MARVEL Contest of Champions as Kabam debuted an all-new motion comic teasing the two new Champions coming to the popular mobile fighter. Here is a quick look at what The Contest has in store this month:

Amidst the chaos, Captain Marvel locates America Chavez, who explains that the portals are the result of her unexpected arrival in The Battlerealm. Attempting to contain the carnage of these new Champions, the trio encounters none other than Hercules, who was sucked in by one of America’s stray star portals. 

Together (with the unexpected aid of Howard the Duck), these heroes must uncover the secret behind this sudden arrival, and uncover the terrible truth behind The Battlerealm’s origins! Will our heroes survive the onslaught of new opponents? What did America Chavez see beyond the walls of The Battlerealm? What darkness awaits the future of The Battlerealm? Find out this month in the brand new Event Quest, Starfall!

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The Summoner’s Choice Champion has arrived! Born in Ancient Greece, Hercules is a demigod born to Zeus – the king of Olympian Gods – and Alcmena, a woman of Thebes. As an infant Hercules was cared for by his stepmother Hera, Queen of the Olympian Gods, and bestowed with her blessings. These blessings further elevated his demigod physiology to near Godlike heights, providing him with immense strength, stamina, immortality, and near invulnerability.

America Chavez was born in an alternate dimension outside of time and space, the Utopian Parallel. Being a Dimension in close proximity to the Demiurge, America Chavez absorbed powerful mystical energies which granted her the ability to willfully travel through alternate Dimensions. This new Mystic Brawler is ready to make a name for herself in the Contest of Champions!

Both characters will arrive in the game in July, and fans can now check out the all-new motion comic – Starfall

Other MARVEL Contest of Champions updates, including bug fixes, balance updates, the Assault on Olympus Event Quest and more can be found HERE.

It’s a New Challenge in the America Chavez: Made in the USA #1 Trailer

America Chavez is back! The popular Young Avenger will be starring in an all-new series by writer Kalinda Vazquez and artist Carlos Gómez. On sale tomorrow, America Chavez: Made in the USA will explore the young hero’s fascinating backstory, bringing to light startling revelations about her extraordinary origins. These dark secrets from her past will force the hero to face the parts of herself she’s been running from as she embarks on an action-packed mission against a dangerous new enemy. Don’t miss an early look at this explosive story in the new trailer!

Preview: America Chavez: Made in the USA #1 (of 5)

America Chavez: Made in the USA #1 (of 5)

(W) Kalinda Vazquez (A) Carlos E. Gomez (CA) Sara Pichelli
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 03, 2021
SRP: $3.99

WHO IS AMERICA? America Chavez is incredible – her origins, her strength, her dimension-shattering star portals! But when the foundation of everything she believes is shaken, America will stand up and face the parts of herself she’s been running from. From writer Kalinda Vazquez (Marvel’s Runaways) and artist Carlos Gomez (Amazing Mary Jane) comes an explosive, brand-new story all about what made America Chavez who she is – and what she’ll do to protect the ones she loves.

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Discover the Life and Times of America Chavez with the Marvel America Chavez Sale!

America Chavez is on the cusp of being the next big Marvel Cinematic breakout. Get caught out on the character and you can tell your friends what they’re missing with the “Marvel American Chavez Sale“. The sale is currently running on comiXology.

You have 65 releases to choose from! Collections are up to 67% off while single issues are just $0.99.

The sale runs until February 11.

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America Chavez is “Made in the USA” in a Brand New Series Launching in March 2021

America Chavez’s highly-anticipated new solo series debuts this March! The breakout star from Kieron Gillen’s seminal run on Young Avengers is back, bringing her incredible strength, her fascinating backstory, and her trademark star portals to America Chavez: Made in the USA. This previously announced five-issue limited series promises to reveal more about America’s origins and powers with some shocking ramifications for both herself and the Marvel Universe as we know it. The new series will be written by television writer and producer Kalinda Vazquez, who worked as co-executive producer on Marvel’s Runaways for Hulu and ABC’s Once Upon a Time, among other shows. Rising comic book superstar Carlos Gómez puts his own unique spin on one of Marvel’s most promising heroes.

Introduced almost 10 years ago, America skyrocketed to popularity among fans, eventually leading her own series, appearing in numerous comics series, video games, and starring in Marvel’s animation series Marvel Rising. Check out the main cover by artist Sara Pichelli as well as interior artwork by Carlos Gómez and pick up America’s biggest adventure yet when America Chavez: Made in the USA hits stands this March!

Recreate the Adventures with Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors Figures from Hasbro this October

Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors debuts Sunday, September 30 on Disney and Disney XD and you’ll be able to recreate the show yourself with figures from Hasbro.

The figures are 11-inch scale and not only sport the outfits of the characters but also 15 points of articulation.

Figures include Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, America Chavez, Ghost-Spider, Quake, Inferno, and Patriot. Each has their own accessories and Tippy-Toe is included too!

The figures are out this October first at Target, followed by Disney Stores and the Hasbro shop.

Review: West Coast Avengers #1

Spinning out of her fantastic Hawkeye run, Kelly Thompson kicks off the next stage in Kate Bishop’s heroic career and makes her the leader of the Avengers with artist Stefano Caselli and Triona Farrell. Well, it’s the West Coast Avengers to be honest, and they fight lands harks and 200 feet Tigras and are funded by Quentin Quire’s reality TV show and camera crew. But questionable credentials aside, Thompson and Caselli have created something special: a comedic superhero team in the vein of the classic “bwahaha” Justice League International for 2018. Caselli can do literal big action and big funny as well as romance (Kate’s boyfriend from Hawkeye is on the team as the rookie superhero, Fuse) and even capture the watercolor beauty of traveling through America Chavez’s star portals. He gives West Coast Avengers a blockbuster scope while not sacrificing the humor or quirkiness.

Like most team superhero first issues, West Coast Avengers #1 is all about assembling the team and setting up the team’s first obstacle. Thompson and Caselli create this new Avengers squad from a highly organic place: Kate Bishop freaking out. Seriously, fighting land sharks with a bow and arrow and some martial arts is a tall order. There’s also the more logical place that most superheroes in the Marvel Universe are clustered around New York City and really there needs to be a dedicated, experienced superhero team to protect the West Coast, especially the United States’ second biggest media market, L.A. (Sorry Runaways!) Thompson and Caselli immediately set up the team’s key relationships by having Kate call in the other Hawkeye, Clint Barton and her BFF, America Chavez to help out with the initial threat. They have an easy conversational rhythm in the heat of battle, and Barton especially fits into his supporting role with Stefano Caselli drawing hilarious reaction shots of him watching Kate ride a herd of sharks into the ocean or his responses when Fuse acts about Kate’s ex Noh Varr, who wasn’t invited to the team.  He also acts as the connection

The two wild cards on West Coast Avengers are Gwenpool and Quentin Quire, who brings in the reality TV show angle and makes sure everyone around him knows that he’s an omega level mutant and the strongest member of the team. Since the mid-2000s and the New Warriors, the reality TV superhero angle has been used a lot in comic, but Thompson and Caselli don’t use it for broad brushed satire. Instead, they use the sound bites for characterization and quick moments of levity like when Quire and Gwenpool blow something up in the background while Kate is doing a semi-serious confessional. During these big gags, colorist Triona Farrell’s palette is bolder and absurd than her usual sunny SoCal color choices with the soft purple of Kate’s costume or the glow of the horizon.

West Coast Avengers is a grounded world of ex-boyfriends and sprawling and eating pizza after a hard day’s work, but it’s also a world of Looney Tunes Gwenpool guns and this never gets old, land sharks. Stefano Caselli uses reaction panels to wink at the audience and say, “Yes, this book is weird. Enjoy it!” It can segue from a romance beat to a comedy beat and then an action beat and back again in the space of a couple pages like when Kate and Fuse are making out, run into Quentin Quire and Gwenpool aka “useless Deadpool knockoff” bickering about a wet towel prank to jumping into action via an America star portal. West Coast Avengers has a light tone without devolving too much into parody. For example, giant Tigra is a very real threat to the team and also an opportunity for team leader, Kate Bishop, to exercise situational ethics as she begins with getting Tigra’s old teammate Clint to try to talk her down before bringing in Quentin Quire with the psychic knockout punch.

In recent years, Marvel Comics has had several strong comedy titles in their lineup (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Howard the Duck, and Max Bemis’ Worst X-Man Ever come to mind), but Kelly Thompson, Stefano Caselli, and Triona Farrell bring the funny to a team superhero book in West Coast Avengers.  It also continues the fantastic arc that Thompson has crafted for Kate Bishop over the past two years and providing a new home for the madcap antics of Gwenpool, the goofiness and salt of the earth earnestness of Clint Barton, the laconic punching of America Chavez (Hopefully, she isn’t relegated to team chauffeur.), and the pompous edginess and untapped potential of Quentin Quire. In one issue, a team with an interesting dynamic has been assembled as well as a bad guy that fits the tone of the book so all in all, West Coast Avengers #1 is a win.

Story: Kelly Thompson Art: Stefano Caselli
Colors: Triona Farrell Letters: Joe Caramagna

Story: 8.4 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

4th of July Patriots

The 4th of July means different things to many people, as we celebrate the USA’s birthday, I wanted to highlight 5 patriots that aren’t Steve Rogers but wear the colors and are willing to stand or take a knee for their beliefs.


5) America Chavez aka Ms. America – this super-powered young woman is one of the true faces of what America is, a one woman powerhouse, lesbian immigrant from another dimension. As she has settled in the 616 universe, she has worked to improve life as a member of the Ultimates.

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4) Super Patriot – straight from the pages of the Savage Dragon, Johnny Armstrong was a WWII superhero who was viciously beaten by villains in the 90’s resulting in his being turned into a WMD. In this new incarnation Super Patriot continues the never ending battle of good vs. evil.

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3) La Borinqueña – makes the list as a symbol of Puerto Rican resilience. As part of the US she uses her elemental powers to uplift and inspire Puerto Ricans on the island and throughout the US in the shared colors of the flag, and make no mistake she is American.

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2) Sam Wilson aka the Falcon – but forever my Captain, Sam is the Captain we need and he made the role his by incorporating his signature wings and social outlook into the legacy of carrying the shield.


1) Martha Washington – takes the number one spot because she can. This future patriot rose up from the most dangerous housing project in Chicago to become Earth’s literal savior without any powers or enhancements. Her force of will, coupled with her compassion is what makes her the number one patriot of this or any 4th.

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