Writer: Kalinda Vazquez
Artist: Carlos E. Gomez
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 7, 2021
I like America Chavez and thought that Kalinda Vazquez did a decent job of kicking off this series last month. Sure, I hate when we get a hero’s powers going all wonky, but by the end, the mystery of who is threatening America and her family had me interested in seeing what was going on. So, does this issue ramp things up even more? Let’s find out…
The issue opens with a flashback where America remembers her birth family and the Utopian Parallel where she was born. It a quick reminder of her “dual familyship”, but we also see the stress her Earth family went through, trying to raise a superpowered kid from another dimension. No matter the hardships, though, America is lucky to have many people who love her, which comes through loud and clear.
We then go back and forth in time to see the trouble in her old neighborhood and that while America wants to help, that help also puts her family in danger. Danger like the giant forcefield and fire that just happened! Kalinda Vazquez uses these scenes to continue filling in the cracks of America’s origin, like why she goes by Chavez and not Ramirez. It’s a twist that needed to happen once Vazquez introduced them, and I think she did a good job.
The current day plot pushes forward with a clue, an Arcade, and a mysterious person in a hoodie that’s already way more than meets the eye. The crazy part, though, is the cliffhanger that flips the script on the book’s location, and it’s damn cool. I didn’t see it coming, but I want to see where it ends up!
I liked this issue on par with the first. If you are an America fan, I think you will too. Carlos Gomez’s art is really good, and while this is a bit of a setup issue, it sets up some crazy stuff. I was worried that this book might end up being a repeat of the last America Chavez series, but Kalinda Vazquez looks like she already proved me wrong. I don’t mind being that kind of wrong!