America Chavez, Marvel's lesbian Latina superhero, is getting her own solo series. And that's not even the best news: a queer puertoriqueña is slated to write the comic.
In an exclusive interview, Refinery29 reported Friday that Gabby Rivera, who broke out this year as the author of the ah-mazing YA novel “Juliet Takes a Breath,” will be writing the new comic. She will be working alongside Will Moses, her editor at Marvel, Joe Quinones, creator and series artist, and Marguerite Sauvage, cover artist.
"It’s a little bit terrifying and intimidating to be a queer woman entering the Marvel universe. Internally I’ve been like, man are people gonna read this and tear me apart because of my identities? Because I’m a woman,” Rivera told the lifestyle news site.
But the Latina, who personally understands the need for representation of women, especially queer women of color, is up for the challenge.
"I am still learning how to navigate this world,” she said.
The Bronx Boricua is ready for America, recognized from the "Young Avengers," to have her own identity, dreams and journey.
“She was treated like a member of the team, but I always wondered what’s in it for her? So my thinking for this new book is that she’s finally asking herself that question: What’s in it for me? Why am I fighting with these people? What I want is to go to college and I want to start over, and I want to learn about myself and do this for myself,” she said. “And so that is the big thing that I was thinking about. What’s more American than trying to go to college and trying to find yourself?”
The first issue will be out in March 2017, but you can get more about the upcoming series over at Refinery29.