Review | America, Vol. 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez by Gabby Rivera

Posted January 22, 2018 by Tina in Reviews / 2 Comments

Review | America, Vol. 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez by Gabby RiveraAmerica, Vol. 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez by Gabby Rivera
Illustrator: Joe Quinones
Published by Marvel on October 31st 2017
Pages: 136
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

At last! Everyone's favorite no-nonsense powerhouse, America Chavez, gets her own series! Critically acclaimed young-adult novelist Gabby Rivera and all-star artist Joe Quinones unite to shine a solo spotlight on America's high-octane and hard-hitting adventures! She was a Young Avenger. She leads the Ultimates. And now she officially claims her place as the preeminent butt-kicker of the entire Marvel Universe! But what's a super-powered teenager to do when she's looking for a little personal fulfi llment? She goes to college! America just has to stop an interdimensional monster or two first and shut down a pesky alien cult that's begun worshipping her exploits before work can begin. Then she can get on with her first assignment: a field trip to the front lines of World War II - with Captain America as her wingman!


I read the first issue of America when it first came out and enjoyed it. I decided to wait until the first volume came out to continue on with the story. I’m pretty glad I did because there were some issues I loved more then others.

Volume one is features issues 1-6.

What I Liked:

  • I really enjoyed the artwork. It was so beautiful. I found myself just examining the illustrations all the time.
  • America is a little bit like me and I think that’s why I really connected to her character.
  • I absolutely loved that there were parts of the story in Spanish. I speak Spanglish almost all the time because I can’t remember the words in English or vice versa.
  • I absolutely loved that America prays to Selena. Selena meant so much to me growing up and it was awesome to see her mentioned.

Issue #1
Issue # 1 was an issue I had previously read so this was a re-read for me per say. I know America appears in the Young Avengers but I haven’t read those yet so I didn’t know much about America’s background. The artwork in this one is gorgeous, I loved the colors. It did start off a little slow but it picked up after a page or two.

Issue #2
The cover for issue #2 gave me major Beyoncé vibes. I feel like in this issue, America was shedding a little bit of her hard exterior and learned to actually think before acting.

My favorite quotes:

You will meet people who’ll change the course of your life forever. Learn when to hold on to yourself and when to fly directly into the storm.

Scrape knees for love. Tell hard truths for love. And definitely run heart-first into the unknown for love. Try to have a plan. But if you don’t, make sure you have people. You coming, mi gente?

Issue #3
I want to say this was my favorite issue out of all of them, I felt like this was the issue that it really picked up for me as far as action goes. I felt like in this issue you really got to know America especially since I didn’t know much about her backstory, this issue really helped me with that. I also liked how Rivera made America apart of many Latinx cultures. She took a little bit of each culture mentioned and it made America. I also loved how Ororo was featured and how valuable she was to America in this issue.

My favorite quote from this issue:

Make plans. Train your body. Follow the guiding spirits. Be ready for anything but never seek control. It’s an illusion. You can control nothing. At any point, the universe can come for you with all its might and love and chaos.

Issue #4
I had a few issues with this issue. Lisa was one of them. But I felt like in this issue showed more of America’s heart and I really liked that. She felt more human then superhero in this issue.

My favorite quote from this issue:

“The thing you’ve always been searching for will pop up. May you’re hoping it will appear like soft morning light, but 9 times out of 10 it will split open the earth beneath your feet and scorch your skin.”

“On that one in a million chance when life actually gives you a do over, you better make sure you get it right or the universe might swallow you whole once and for all.”

Issue #5
I ship America and Hawkeye! I ship it. I loved their friendship so much and I want more of them together. I’m also super curious about Magdalena so I’d love to see more of her.

“The person you see in the mirror isn’t always real. Sometimes you’re a projection of all the things everyone expects you to be.”

Issue #6
This issue made me want to know more about Magdalena. I love how America finally gets to meet Marimar and learn more about her power and how she’s really connected to America.

Overall, I’m hooked and I cannot wait to read more about America. It does start off a bit slow for me but overall I enjoyed it and cannot wait to read more.

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