Friday, March 3, 2017

America #1

   It would be easy to be cynical about the star of the new comic America (which is her name - no "Captain" or "Miss" needed).

   At first brush, she sounds like a character devised by committee - she's a powerful, intelligent, opinionated, gay Latina who is adored by the public and friends with all the heroes.

   But America Chavez isn't a newly-minted character. She's been around for years, as part of the Young Avengers, A-Force and the most recent version of the Ultimates.

   She's super-strong, can (apparently) fly and she can open dimensional, star-shaped doors that can span any distance.

   With a comic of her own, it seems like  good time to reinvent her, so she changes location, enrolls in college and makes new friends!

   Ah, but it's not just any college - this is a special, Hogwarts-for-science-wizards school in California, and America wastes no time throwing herself recklessly into a strange new experiment.

   It's a fast-paced issue with lots of twists and turns. It's fun, but not really aimed at a geezer like me - but no doubt young readers will enjoy the adventures of this patriotic powerhouse.

Grade: B+


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