Writer: Gabby Rivera
Art: Joe Quinones and Ming Doyle
Colors: Jose Villarubia, Jordan Gibson with Joe Quinones
Cover: Joe Quinones and Matt Wilson
America has finally caught up with the Chavez Guerillas and the light monster that’s been terrorizing Maltixa. Maybe now she can finally save Lisa. But who is this mysterious hooded figure that’s been following her?
I’m going to get the art portion out of the way. Joe Quinones and Ming Doyle are great for this book. The art is the single greatest thing about America. These two keep me coming back, as well as the hope I have for this series. Quinones and Doyle do good work here. There are some instances where a hand or eye will look off, but not too bad. Also, I can’t leave out the colorist team. They are just as important. As a matter of fact, it easy to get lost in the pinks and blues and purples.
Now for the writing. Still, I am not impressed. Gabby Rivera has this cool group of characters, but I feel like Rivera doesn’t know how to handle them. One of the problems is that America is so dramatic. I like a little drama in my comics, believe me. It keeps a story interesting. However, this is not what I’m looking for. I think America could use less drama and more superheroing. As far as actual superheroing goes, it all happens so fast. I’m not saying that I want one little event to span several books. I just want to see some actual “pow, wham, wow”, if you know what I mean. There’s a little here and there. Just not enough to keep it interesting.
For instance, America is going through some love issues. Typical for superheroes, right? Unfortunately, I stopped caring because the situation makes no sense. There’s a group of fangirls trying to get her attention. Typical fans, right? Nope, they’re just annoying and out of place. Time travel is always cool, right? Its pretty “meh” here. Plenty of potentially interesting plot points have fallen short or are out of place. However, I am hopeful for this new character coming into America’s life. Maybe she can turn this book around.
Going forward, Rivera should be focusing on just America. Team ups and such can come later. The plot is a little all over the place trying to make room for so many characters. Even though they all have great personalities, there’s not enough pages in this book.
If you are reading America and loving it, I won’t rain on your parade. However, America needs work. Moreover, I love the characters, so I’ll stick with it just a little longer.