Despite many fan pleas and fan works, Marvel showed no signs of creating a comic series around their Latina lesbian heroine Miss America Chavez – until now, that is.
Slowly but surely, comic creators are giving us what we’ve been asking for for years and years – more diversity in comics. Miss America Chavez is a perfect example of that, although Marvel’s past dealings with her are nothing short of spotty. I for one hope that this new series will serve to round out what we’ve already seen of her, though editor Will Moss’s description of her new story is, sadly, a bit convoluted. He told Refinery 29,
She can travel to alternate universes – so there’s our Earth, and then she can go to alternate versions of different earths. So she’s going to the same college but alternate versions of it to take all these wide variety of classes to get a big broad experience.
I don’t know about you, but I’m worried about things getting a little messy if she hops around between universes too much. Additionally, while I love the idea of a series featuring not only a Latina heroine, but a lesbian at that, I wish that Miss America Chavez didn’t happen to hail from a planet populated only with women. I just have a bad feeling that if this new series becomes popular (and I hope it will!) people will use where she comes from as an “excuse” for her being a lesbian.
One positive thing about this new series is that Gabby Rivera, a young adult author who is queer and Latina herself, has been tapped to write about Miss America Chavez. I also like some of what I already know about this character – for instance, while she has had one relationship, she also has a solid platonic relationship with Kate Bishop (Hawkeye) in the Young Avengers comics. On top of that, since she’s only been a secondary character, we don’t know everything about her or her powers – which means that there’s still a lot to learn about her; certainly more than enough to make for a solid series of her own.
This new series about Miss America Chavez is slated for release next year.
Author: Tara Lynne
Tara Lynne is an author, fandom and geek culture expert, and public speaker. She founded Ice & Fire Con, the first ever Game of Thrones convention in the US, and now runs its parent company Saga Event Planning.
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