A day after the Women’s March in Washington D.C., Marvel displayed a strong, culturally diverse support of women with the cover of its second edition in the new series America.
Featuring an image of some of the strongest and most skilled women of Marvel, the piece was created by series artist Joe Quinones. The art itself was heavily influenced by Beyonce’s ‘Formation‘, and features America Chavez in patriotic and cultural clothing/accessories while Carol Danvers and Monica Rambeau stare fiercly ahead beside her.
America is written by Gabby Rivera, and stars America Chavez, better known simply as Miss America. First appearing in 2011’s Vengeance by Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta, Chavez has a strong resume in bad-assery. She has appeared in Young Avengers, A-Force (an all female Avengers team), and Ulitmates, among other works.
Coming from the Utopian Parallel, where she was raised by her mothers in the presence of Demiurge, America is a LGBTQ+ Latina teen superhero with a large and in charge attitude, which suits her perfectly. Her powers include flight, superhuman strength and durability, and the ability to literally kick holes in the fabric of reality, allowing her and her companions to travel through the multiverse and in to other realities altogether. You may also know Chavez from the possible future that shows her as Captain America, working with S.H.I.E.L.D.
Carol Danvers and Monica Rambeau, better known as Captain Marvel and Spectrum. are fierce, powerful heroes themselves. Danvers (Captain Marvel) has been labelled “Marvel’s biggest female hero”, and a “feminist icon”. She is a longstanding staple in Marvel comics, dating back to 1968 in Marvel Super-Heroes #13 as a member of the United States Air Force. Her powers include superhuman strength, stamina, and durability, the power of flight, as well as energy projection/absorption. Rambeau (Spectrum) has a colorful past starting in 1982’s The Amazing SpiderMan Annual 16, but it wasn’t until 2013 that she became Spectrum, a lead character in Mighty Avengers. Her original superhero name was Captain Marvel (Danvers originally being Ms. Marvel), and was a one time leader of the Avengers; not to mention the many heroes she has fought valiantly beside to thwart evil, such as Doctor Strange. She is able to convert her body into pure energy, any type along the electromagnetic spectrum, and travel up to the speed of light and through the vacuum of space in energy form.
Marvel’s America comes at a time when working together is necessary, and it shows that beautifully with imagery of a diverse, powerful group of women coming together to defeat any and every opponent that comes their way. Move over Iron Man, the women have this.