Marvel Comics continues to break barriers with new bisexual latinx superhero
Representation matters and Marvel agrees; the cover for America #2 showcases superhero America Chavez donning an Americana-Beyoncé inspired outfit in front of a tagged brick wall.
Standing alongside the queer latinx hero are her teammates in the Ultimates: Captain Marvel and Monica Rambeau (who once served as Captain Marvel herself).
This week, comic artist Joe Quinones shared the cover via Twitter; leaving nothing to speculation as he tweeted “Okay ladies, now let’s get in formation.”
— Joe Quinones (@Joe_Quinones) January 24, 2017
Quinones’ cover works as a remarkable commentary piece that showcases elements of hip hop influence from the graffiti-art background and the Lemonade-inspired pose from America Chavez. His cover for America #2 also pays some respect to intersectional feminism by showcasing the diverse group of some of Marvel’s strongest women together on a cover, no doubt a good time to do so, post-Women’s March and inauguration.
America stays authentic in its pro-femme and pro-LGBTQ themes through print and production with the author of the comic, Gabby Rivera, identifying as a queer latinx femme herself.
“I love women. I love myself. I feel like sometimes I’m not considered a woman. People assume I’m a masculine kind of person because I wear hats or boots,” Rivera said in an interview with Refinery 29. “And to me, womanhood is so flexible and so ever-expanding and how beautiful is it to show all the ways that it manifests? And especially when it comes to Latinas and Black women. Our bodies’ shapes and sizes vary, and are equally supported by the community and equally loved.”
Marvel is not alone in its inclusive comic publications- readers will remember that back in 2013, DC Comics made waves by having Batgirl’s roommate, Alysia Yeoh, come out to her as trans.
Previous to Alysia Yeoh’s character, there were characters like Coagula a.k.a. Kate Godwin paving the way in lesser known comics done by Vertigo and Milestone.
“[Vertigo and Milestone were] both imprints specifically made to separate their universes from the main DC universe,” said GayRVA’s Comic Book historian Caitlin Bridges. “If you’re not familiar with Doom Patrol, they’re a team of outcasts that were basically X-Men before the X-Men came along and made outcasts cool. This particular run of the newer, updated series was written by Rachel Pollack, herself a transgender woman. Coagula a.k.a. Kate Godwin is even named after the amazing transgender activist Kate Bornstein, a friend of Pollack.”
The Batgirl #19 issue was iconic in that it introduced a trans character in the main publication, in the same universe Wonder Woman and Batman run around and save the day.
America, the Marvel comic centered around queer hero America Chavez, will follow her life as she balances saving Earth from alien hordes while attending school and making time for a personal life. She, like so many other Americans, will traverse college trying to find herself- the difference is she’s a flying badass from another dimension where her moms’ are martyrs!
America will be out in March of 2017 and feature a variety of covers. Quinones’ Americana Beyoncé-inspired cover will be available with the April release of the second issue.
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