Title: All-America Comix #1
Words: Joe Casey
Art: Dustin Nguyen
Published: July 1, 2020
Publisher’s Summary: “Her last name is VASQUEZ! Her first name…says it all! And when confronted with the hidden secret of the universe, you won’t believe the cosmic truth she uncovers! Brought to you by the Wildcats Version 3.0 team of JOE CASEY and DUSTIN NGUYEN—reunited for the first time in fifteen years!”
In All-America Comix, we find teenage superhero America Vasquez who would rather go solo in her fight against the forces of evil rather than team up with an assemblage of boomers with powers. (All of whom look very familiar, as do the supervillains, but not so much as to be direct copyright infringements). She is on her own in her quest to do battle against injustice wherever she finds it. All this changes when she gets knocked back a bit by some tear in reality, or maybe it was the thing that caused it. Either way, it she might have to team up after all.
Joe Casey’s irreverence towards the traditional do-gooders in capes and tights is well represented on the pages of All-America Comix. Those old school types can be insufferable. Although the Gen Z protagonist he has created might seem distant, she is reliable and intriguing, yet flawed. She is fresh and makes for an interesting character. The downside is that this is listed as a one-shot while the rest of the team and the full mystery has not been completely revealed.
The Bottom Line
All-America Comix is an intriguing one-shot with a bit of a cliff hanger, that has a smart, snarky and delightful newbie superhero that deserves a longer run.