Gabby Rivera brings the heat and, a compelling story line of personal growth in this second issue of America’s solo comic book series. There’s so much realism and humanity contained in the pages of this issue that it would be a shame to miss out on it. Rivera portrays America as a no-nonsense, Latina lesbian trying to find her way in the world as she adjusts to being newly single and starting college. The diversity doesn’t stop with the title character, America has managed to serve up multiple minority characters in each issue that are devoid of tropes or stereotypes and the sophomore outing for this amazing character is no exception to the standard that started in America #1.
America #2 finds America punching her way back through time and space from WWII Germany where she punches Hitler and gets reprimanded by Peggy Carter. The language used in the comic is realistic and leans more towards cultural usage than cliched caricature. Rivera makes sure to keep America authentic and easy to relate to without watering down her ethnicity and culture or falling into a whitewashed version of the character. There is something beautiful in Rivera allowing the reader to come along on America’s journey and letting us be a fly on the wall as the character is exploring the facets of her life that make her who she is.
Joe Quinones makes sure to keep America looking like a real person, as opposed to whitewashing her features and dipping her in caramel. He allows the character to retain her ethnic features and his drawings show the beauty that is found within her ethnicity. The panels that show her full body do show in a way to showcase her figure without lingering in the male gaze and subjecting her to being merely an object of sexuality, the way that many forms of media tend to do with Hispanic women.
This issue shows America trying to figure out how her powers work and how far they can take her, we also see her forming a community with other females which is always good to see in any form of media. We find her supporting and engaged by a black child prodigy and fighting brodudes about their appropriation, objectification, and dismissal of minority culture and to a similar degree women. America tackles hard subjects and makes them entertaining without diminishing the gravity of the situations. This comic is a prime example of how to merge representation, politics, and entertainment in a way that is both strong and full of teaching moments without watering down very real problems and ideas.
Story: Gabby Rivera Art: Joe Quinones
Story: 9.8 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy
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