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America Vol. 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez - am I missing something?
Not sure if there's a thread where this fits better, but since I haven't found one, here goes: I recently got the first volume of America
, the America Chavez comic, as a present. I don't read tons of Marvel comics, but the same friend had previously given me a couple of Kate Bishop Hawkeye
comics, and those I enjoyed a fair bit - but I downright hated America
. Or, more precisely, I liked the basic idea of a character standing for America that isn't the white male, I liked how the comic gave a middle finger to Trump's America, but in terms of writing and storytelling I found this absolutely dreadful, with flat characters and nonsensical plots. Also, while I'm absolutely in favour of a positive Hispanic LGBTIQ character, in this particular case I felt that they went so far in the direction of making her positive, heroic and all-round fantastic that she ceased to be an actual character.
Am I missing something here? Am I reading this too much from a white male Eurocentric perspective, missing the valid reasons for the creative team's decisions? Are there pleasures to the comic that I might see if I came at it from a different perspective?
"Nothing is gonna save us forever but a lot of things can save us today." - Night in the Woods