In an exclusive interview with writer Gabby Rivera and artist Joe Quinones, Marvel.com debuted the cover of “America” #1 . The new title stars America Chavez, the third person to take on the mantle of Miss America. It is the latest effort on Marvel’s part to diversify its publishing line up and its creative teams.
Quinones is serving double duty on “America,” providing both the cover and the interior art. His cover shows Chavez in red, white and blue—with stars ‘n’ stripes glasses—swinging at an unseen opponent. The interview also showcased variant covers by Jamie McKelvie and Marguerite Sauvage, which have previously been revealed.
The artist explained the importance of diversity and representation in comics, “We still have a long way to go, but I see a heartening trend toward better representation in the industry,” adding, “You can’t underestimate the impact of seeing yourself reflected back in the culture. It says you have importance. It says you matter. You too can achieve great things. The doors are not closed to you. The ceiling is not too high.”
YA Novelist Rivera addressed the challenge of working in a new medium. “Marvel didn’t tap me for this because I write comics; I don’t write comics, I write quirky, coming of age novels. I’ve really enjoyed taking that style and aesthetic—my kind of goofy, weird stuff—and using that to explore a character who has super powers.”
The queer Puerto Rican creator added, “And I’ve loved having the chance to write a book that’s pro-women.”
“America” launches March 2017.
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