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America, Vol. 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez

(America (Collected Editions) #1)

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3.52  ·  Rating details ·  1,270 ratings  ·  257 reviews
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 but ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Marvel
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Chelsea
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
I love this character! I love the art! I love the cameos.

Unfortunately, I'm still not sold on the writing style for this series. It's a little too tumblr esque for my tastes. I get that I might be a little too old for the demographic this book is attempting to appeal to and that's okay. I just feel like Young Avengers was also geared towards a 15-22 crowd and I totally got what that book was about.

I don't like the story, per say. Here's the thing, America was sorely lacking in a lot of details
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Chad
May 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
America Chavez is a pretty cool character in Young Avengers. She's super strong, can fly and portal between dimensions. Cool powers with a great look. She also seems very self-confident and together. This book does a 180 on her character. She's extremely self conscious as she ping pongs from side quest to side quest with no real plot or goal to the story. It's set up as her going to college (even if it's some weird, super-science college that's never really explained.), but it feels like it's re ...more
Paul E. Morph
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Let me start by saying that I really, really liked the artwork on this book. If I was rating it on the art alone, it would get four stars easily. The only trouble is, there was a story, too, and I'm afraid to say the plot was all over the place. Not terrible or anything but a teensy bit of a shambles.

Having said that, I went into this book not exactly disliking America Chavez but certainly entirely indifferent to the character. Having just finished this book, I now think she's pretty awesome, so
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James DeSantis
Nov 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
If I based this on art alone I'd probably go with a 3 or 4. However this story...

America is about a superhero who can punch people. Well, actually, she can punch portals into other dimensions and shit. Kind of cool right? Well this is her Solo series after being part of Young Avengers and Ultimates for awhile. So she decides to find herself. Try to go to school and be her own woman. This sounds like a recipe for something truly exciting. Gabby Rivera is a well received author too so this could o
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Heatherblakely
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, lgbtq
Read this issue by issue, rather than as a single volume. Notes on each issue below.

Issues 1 and 2: Not the same America I loved from a young Avengers, which I'm okay with. Gabby is writing America as lighter, less severe, more comfortable around her people, laughing more. I like it; I like this side of her, and I think it's really important to see POC in their communities, not always surrounded by white people. I'm also loving the self-discovery, and a lot of America's identity stuff (especiall
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Diz
Apr 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The writing in this is really bad. It has too much exposition, which ironically doesn't make the story easier to understand. Characters don't really talk to each other. Instead, they throw catchphrases at each other and talk in a style that I can only describe as the type of writing that you find on new-agey motivational posters. Character motivations aren't clear and their emotional states change suddenly. Finally, lots of random stuff happens for no apparent reason. In one scene, America punch ...more
C.T. Phipps
Apr 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
Quite possibly the worst comic I've ever paid money for. I'm actually tempted to give it two stars, though, because while there are works that I hate on philosophical reasons (Holy Terror), this is a comic I LOVE to hate because it's just so...badly written. I think the best way to think of it is that it tries to be cool and edgy and ends up being like a modern 60s Batman. Except, it's not deliberately cheesy but accidentally camp.

I loved America Chavez during her Young Avengers run and picked u
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Amber
May 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, young-adult, lgbtq

The writing and the story wasn't something I could get into. I really hate all the lingo like, "clutch," and "fire," I feel like it's trying too hard to set a time and fit a certain age group. Meanwhile the storylines just didn't grab my attention. The two story arcs in here weren't that great. I liked seeing Kate Bishop in the end arc but not even their awesome friendship could make me bump this to a three stars.

I really loved the character of America in the Young Avengers, Volume 1: Style &g
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Wing Kee
Jul 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Good character, terrible writing.

World: The art is okay, it’s solid, it’s colourful and gives America a style and voice all her own. The world building is fractured and and janky as all hell where no full picture and a consistent world. The writing to build a stage for the story is just not well done, the school is half baked, the cameos are half baked, the characters are half baked...the world is just simply fractured.

Story: The story is janky and makes barely any sense and it’s choppy and ther
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Danika at The Lesbrary
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my first book I've read with America Chavez, so I think I might have liked this more if I was already familiar with the character. You can definitely tell this is a Gabby Rivera book, because there are so many pep talks! I got echoes of Juliet Takes a Breath.

There are different artists in issues 5-6, and I wasn't a big fan of that style. It was a bit distracting to me. I also probably would have liked it more if I knew Kate Bishop as a character. I will continue reading it, but I feel li
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Chantaal
I was really looking forward to this since I really liked America in Young Avengers, but...it tries too hard. It tries SO hard, in so many different ways, that it ends up being nonsensical and falling flat on its face.

There are one or two really good moments -- usually when America is reflecting on her past or her parents -- but they're overshadowed and beat into submission by the fact that America is kind of an asshole and every other character in the book is some kind of shallow tumblr stereo
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Raina
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm not generally a superhero person. I prefer Graphic Novel travelogue, memoir, nonfiction to Marvel and DC. But this is a queer, brown, spanish-speaking superhero named America, and I am here for her.

As someone who doesn't read much of the genre, and only dips in when I hear there's something like Ms. Marvel or Faith, Volume 1 or The Shadow Hero, it doesn't feel surprising to me that this exists. I mean, of course it does.

But I know I'm not reading the bulk of superhero comics throughout (
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Adam Spanos
This comic opens with a 9 panel grid of both known characters and some random people asserting that America is a great person, one of which appears to be the writer herself. This sets the stage for what is one of the worst comics Marvel has made in recent years. The writer is so entrenched in trying to make America a Lesbian Latina role model she forgets to make a good book. She adds hamfisted references to modern politics like "Punch a Nazi." The Spanish she decides to sprinkle into the book is ...more
Sarah
Look as a big America Chavez fangirl, I loved it. It was silly and sweet and queer and didn't take itself too seriously and basically was EVERYTHING I was looking for.
Dan
Apr 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
I like and find this character interesting in team books, but this with her solo...really jumped the shark. I kept finding myself really disliking this character with every page turned. Marvel we don't need every book to be like fucking Squirrel Girl.
Renata
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a comics reader I'm used to embracing a certain amount of confusion of "is this a new character or just a character I haven't seen before? Is this college in a different dimension or like what's happening here?" But basically I really enjoyed it! I especially loved seeing her interact with Peggy Carter and 80s Storm <3

A fun start to a series, I'll definitely continue to follow it.
Drown Hollum
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: superhero
I was excited for Gabby Rivera to take a swing at America Chavez, but this was just bad comics. The pacing is off the wall bad, with flagrant misuse of various Marvel properties, which make this title feel out-of-canon. The sudden changes to America's dialogue, power-set, and personality are out of tune with every other book she is featured in, causing this to read more like fan-fiction than an actual Marvel comic. There are some neat ideas buried in here, including America's luchadora abuela, a ...more
Claire
HEART EYES HEART EYES HEART EYES

That was a DELIGHT. Love love love love love. I liked the new Kate Bishop Hawkeye but I loved this one and I just want so much more.
Claire
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Clearly this is an unpopular opinion but I LOVED this book. To see marvel allow a character to be as openly queer as America and to allow a series to involve this much queerness is nothing short of miraculous, tbh. And this story is about a qwoc??? Literally amazing. There are lots of complaints in the reviews here about the story but I liked it! I didn't have a problem with it at all
Christy
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LOVE
Greyson Richter | Use Your Words
America Series Ratings:
America, Vol. 1: ★★★
America, Vol. 2: Lost Interest in Series

I keep trying with Marvel and DC and it just never lives up to my expectations. I think sometimes it's my problem though, as is the case with America. I just don't think the writing style of superhero comics is for me. I don't know, it always feels disjointed and flat for me.
It's a it's me, not you, kind of review.

I read this book as part of my 2018 Library Love binge, where I read as many library books as po
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Fiona
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Man I've been excited to read this all year and now I finally have and I'm so disappointed. What even was this?? None of it amounted to anything like there wasn't any emotional depth or character growth really and the villains were so bad. Not even the Hawkeye team up could save it and I usually love those two together.

Look at that last issue. Magdalena's entire plotline was pointless. She literally confesses in one big go that she just randomly (view spoiler)
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Rod Brown
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
America Chavez is an amazing character. It's quite unfortunate that she is treated as little more than a ball caroming all over the place in this pinball machine of a story. I think the author wanted to give us high energy but crossed the line into frenetic. To randomly and awkwardly switch metaphors, in this book we are given a drop of Hogwarts, a splash of lucha libre wrestling, a bucketful of time travel, a drenching of hackneyed motivational speech pep talks, and a flood of nonsense. While d ...more
Tina ( As Told By Tina )
This review was originally posted on As Told By TinaI 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
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Bill
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I love the character America Chavez, particularly her story arcs in "Young Avengers" and "The Ultimates." I thought it was odd that, at the end of one Ultimates story arc, she says she is leaving the team to go to college -- but here we learn that it's an inter-dimensional university where she learns about her powers, her heritage, and her potential. The logic and narrative are a bit odd, but they lead to entertaining and insightful sequences where America learns valuable lessons from mentors su ...more
Christina
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this includes america punching a nazi, getting mentored by peggy carter and storm, family history, a roadtrip with kate bishop where they literally have a just a girl singalong, prodigy!!, a college for superheroes named after sonia sotomayor.......like.....i can't believe this exists i'm so happy.
Joelle (Throne of books)
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
A QUEER LATINA. THE REPRESENTATION.
Alex
May 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
I’m not a big fan of parallel dimension stories, nor of time travel stories, less a fan when those are combined, and still less when we get talky lessons from “historical” mentors. This felt erratic with no stakes.
Trinity
Interesting enough, but not great. America's inability to listen or focus for a whole minute is intensely aggravating.
Cande
Rereading now, I'm so in love with the world-building, with all these small details that put latinx culture at the center. There are so many latinx (afro latinx) characters in the story, it's so heartwarming. Even when they are minor characters we can see their different personalities. There is so much thought in showing that the universe is as diverse as earth and it makes me so excited.


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I knew I would love America Chavez, and I don't care about the comments about the writing o
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Gabby Rivera is a writer, youth mentor, and editor of QTPOC content for Autostraddle.com. Her short stories and poems have been published in various anthologies and journals such as Aster(ix) , and the the Lambda-Award-winning Portland Queer: Tales from the Rose City, OMG I’m Gay, a ‘zine for queer youth, and The Best of Panic! En Vivo from the East Village.

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