Marvel’s America Chavez is the first queer Latina superhero and she’s awesome.
Although there have been a few other LGBTQ superheroes of color, Chavez is the first to get her own series with Marvel.
Entitled America, the books are penned by openly queen writer Gabby Rivera and features Chavez fighting threats to the Sotomayor University campus. (Note: Uh, can we please make this a real university?)
The series premiered its first on March 1 and is gearing up for the release of book two.
We also love that they chose to name her “America.” With so much hatred in our government for Latino Americans, it’s a perfect reminder that America incorporates people of all backgrounds and races.
This isn’t the first time that Marvel has sent a message of this kind, however. The comic book empire recently employed Roxane Gay as their first queer black writer. Gay started the critically-acclaimed series World of Wakanda, which is a spinoff of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ series Black Panther.
Marvel received a ton of criticism prior to this for their narrow view of superheroes (i.e. white, male, and heterosexual), so we’re glad that they took the notes to heart. Keep up the good work!
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and The Challenge. When she’s not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her taking an absurd amount of photos of her tuxedo cat Tom.