What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about America Chavez Made in USA #1! When they announced this book, I felt like I owed it to myself to pick-up this first issue. America Chavez is one of the most powerful on Earth, and a lot of the time does not get the credit she deserves. Even as a character with so much potential to become more than she is now. I for one hoped that this book was going to be the start of someone really selling her to a bigger audience.
The story of America is fairly straightforward, but even then it is one that you want to always make sure everyone is on the same page about. So the introduction to America at the start of this issue was on point. Though what was most important was what came afterwards, because the impression they left us with is that there was more story to tell about her origins. That much did not disappoint either. It went a long way that they were serious about exploring what made America Chavez who she is. It mattered just as much that this creative team would take the opportunity to show us what life was like for America during the period after she dropped into this Earth.
From there, they did a great job of showing what makes America Chavez as a hero exciting. Her strength is amazing, her resilience too, and it helped that they threw her into the right situation to see all of this in action. One could say fighting giant moles is a bit goofy, but it is a breath of fresh air compared to facing the same small time villain you have seen beaten up a multiple times before.
That said, what I hope that we get out of this story is a point reached where we can finally begin to peel back layers to America. If there’s one thing which has always been consistent about this character, it has been her attitude and struggle to be open with other people. Even this first issue showed that this is still an area that still requires some work for her. If there was any kind of growth for a character like her to experience, you would expect that it is America being less closed-off, withholding, or even standoff-ish about the very things which would make her more engaging.
Aside from this, I would say that they did well in their approach towards setting up the plot. It makes sense that something or someone from this past we are now discovering would be the cause for America needing to confront everything she knows and thought she knew.
The best thing about this book is that they put an excellent art team on it. If there was anything that was going to make me worry about the investment put into this first issue? It was going to be how the interiors looked flipping open to that first page. So I was thoroughly satisfied when I was able to see that they had someone skilled working on this book. I loved the detail that went into the characters, the settings, into setting up these scenes in general. Let’s not forget the colors which were both bold and make the art pop overall. All of which you expect when they tell you that a story is going to be explosive.
All in all, America Chavez Made in USA #1 is a book worth giving a shot. You are going to walk away anxious to get to know this hero in ways you never did before.