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Quote1.png Isn't this further uptown than you usually go? Quote2.png
-- Ms. America (America Chavez)


Appearing in "Made in the U.S.A. Part 1"

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Synopsis for "Made in the U.S.A. Part 1"

Thirteen Years earlier in Jones Beach NY, a child America Chavez washed onto shore where the Santana family find her and patriarch Javier drives her home to recuperate. While his wife Ceci wishes to call authorities in case she could be an illegal, Javier knows she could be lost in the system with a ruined future, so he instead aims to care for and possibly adopt her. The Santana's take her to their Washington Heights home above their bodega, where they agree to simply say she's a relative from San Juan to keep her from additional scrutiny by authorities. While Berto tries to be a brother to her, he gives America his prized toy Hippo "Juanchiz" as a show of trust, to which she takes a liking to the toy.

In present day Los Angeles, America and Kate are fighting giant moles rampaging at a high school, as a school journalist interrupts the two Avengers despite commands she return get to safety for a story she is doing on America; she relents after 'convincing' by America. Regrouping with Kate, the markswoman recalls chatter of a secret Hydra lab in the area, thinking the growing labour of moles could hint as much. Ramone arrives to help round up the loose critters, while also talking with America if she's still available to meet her parents for dinner, until America is KO'd by a mole and wakes up later in her apartment with a worried Ramone. America tests her powers and after slightly damaging their apartment roof, confides in Ramone that her powers have been deactivating sporadically.

As Ramone tries to be supportive, America leaves in a haste when a news alert informs her of a force field bubble in Washington Heights. As America rushes off to assess the threat, she is soon met by Spider-Man offering an assist after her powers short-circuit again. Ruling out any rogues, she explained W.H. is her home neighborhood and opens an exit portal for the people as Spider-Man handles the evacuation. Finding the bodega on fire, America finds Doña Paola who tells her that her family is still trapped in the fire. Her powers shorting again, America uses the building water tower to end the fire and get her family to safety, but Ceci hands America a threatening note which was slipped under the door just before the fire. America realizes she and her family are being targeted.

Meanwhile, an unknown figure narrates as they watch America from afar since her adoption, commenting on envying America's inability to remember her past, and also envying her finding a new family so swiftly. While she was fighting the monster moles in LA, the same figure comments on how it is now time to get back at her. When the bubble in Washington Heights arose, the figure comments on change, such as the amount to which America's W.H. home went through in thirteen years, and how it took a superhero event to "bring her home" since she became a superhero. The figure comments on what they need to say to America, especially after an unspecified transgression against them, saying that their revenge on her will be so much fun.

Solicit Synopsis

WHO IS AMERICA?

America Chavez is incredible – her origins, her strength, her dimension-shattering star portals! But when the foundation of everything she believes is shaken, America will stand up and face the parts of herself she’s been running from. From writer Kalinda Vazquez (Marvel’s Runaways) and artist Carlos Gomez (Amazing Mary Jane) comes an explosive, brand-new story all about what made America Chavez who she is – and what she’ll do to protect the ones she loves.

Notes

  • Given that America's powers were inconsistent and destabilized at times, it can be inferred that the mysterious figure following her is likely a member of La Légion.

Trivia

  • On page 8, America and Ramone make a reference to the recurring Saturday Night Live sketch "The Californians".

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