Since Marvel Won’t Make An America Chavez Comic, Meet Image’s New Hero, America Vasquez

Since Marvel Won’t Make An America Chavez Comic, Meet Image’s New Hero, America Vasquez

All-America Comix will be starring America Vasquez, a young Latina going on cosmic adventures while rocking clothing styles with patriotic, United States symbols. Yeah, that’s Vasquez, not Chavez. Guess Marvel has officially taken too long to make their America independent.

Announced today via The Hollywood Reporter, All-America Comix is the result of a partnership between writer Joe Casey and artist Nick Dragotta. The two men are the creators of Marvel’s America Chavez character, first introduced in a 2011 miniseries called Vengeance and then featured in a popular Young Avengers run by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie.

America Chavez was created as a modern-day update to the Miss America heroic identity, which stretches back to Marvel’s WWII publishing output. The newest iteration, sometimes called Miss America Chavez or MAC, has won an enthusiastic fanbase for being a hip, powerful and grounded new heroine. It’s not uncommon to see lots of America Chavez-themed cosplay at comic-cons and other fan gatherings. Despite all the love, she remains in the background, mostly visible as a guest character and a team player on The Ultimates. Recent “Marvel Now” teasers stoked hopes that she’d be getting her own solo series but there’s no such thing to be found in the just-revealed spring line-up.

So, yeah, All-American Comix is aiming at a void that Marvel’s had ample time to address. Dig the promo text:

You wanted it! You got it! She is a hero for our time — and the time is NOW! A superpowered champion of the oppressed, AMERICA VASQUEZ is the one you’ve been waiting for! And this may be her greatest adventure of all. When she is confronted with the hidden secrets of the universe, you won’t believe the cosmic truth she uncovers! Issue #1 hits — and we do mean HITS — in 2017 from Image Comics!

The fact that it’s coming from Chavez’s creators insulates the 2017 series from accusations of being a copycat. (Legal questions are another matter altogether, though, if it comes to that.)