Writer: Gabby Rivera / Artist: Stacy Lee, Flaviano / Marvel Comics
Things are back to normal at Sotomayor University. Well, as normal as it can be for a university that was infiltrated by an evil supervillain who then used fear and surveillance to turn students against one another. We open up with Prodigy and X’Andria addressing this issue with the University. Instead of cowering from the recent attack, they’re moving forward with a new vision for a Sotomayor University free of surveillance, restrictions, and closet racists that need that fade delivered asap.
The heart of this issue delves into how much America Chavez has grown during her time at the University. That growth is expanded to her cast as well as we see how talkative Prodigy is now compared to his time in Young Avengers (he talked less than America). America discusses how far everyone has come with Professor Douglass and reflects on what her teacher was trying to instill in her way back at the beginning of the series. Through her grandmother, Madrimar, America now has a piece of the component that she felt she was missing throughout her life.
The rest of the issue serves as an after semester field trip for America as she teams with her grandmother to not only learn more about her home planet, but save it as well. Gabby Rivera delivers a story centering on America being less cynical now and more open toward her grandmother. Longtime fans of America know Madrimar has a vast knowledge of the multiverses. This makes seeing America just coming into the know of all these wonders Madrimar is showing her about portals and their world that much more entertaining.
Stacy Lee and Flaviano’s artwork complement one another this issue. At the beginning of the book, America looks more adult-like (killing yet another outfit) and distinguished. Once the space adventure gets underway, the art shifts to a warmer, more cheery demeanor for the characters. It’s reminiscent of Brittney Williams’ art in Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat. It’s a noticeable and enjoyable switch in the art. These two different styles work together in contrast by setting the tone for these two very different stages of America’s life.
America’s series has done well to add depth to her in addition to her appearances in team books. We’re getting even more to her as a character and seeing a more vulnerable side. This creative team has done well to make America Chavez an even more well-rounded character and hero.
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