Why you need to read Marvel’s new America Chavez comic

America Chavez has finally gottenher own solo series, swapping intergalactic adventures for college life. The first issue bursts with energy and personality, balancing explosive action scenes with a more grounded setting for the dimension-hopping superhero.

America falls into the same category asMs. Marvel andSquirrel Girl: a superhero comic with an authentic youthful tone. This is a surprisingly rare achievement, because while Marvel and DC publish plenty of comics withyoung heroes, they’re often written by middle-aged men. And this inevitably leads to some“How do you do, fellow kids?” awkwardness.

America went in a different direction, hiring YA author Gabby Rivera to write Marvel’s first queer Latinx lead, collaborating with artist Joe Quinones and colorist Jose Villarrubia.

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So, who is America Chavez?

Created by Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta for the 2011 Vengeance miniseries, America Chavez is a reboot of the Golden Age hero Miss America.She’s a super-strong badass whocan fly andkick holes into other dimensions.

Chavez was born in an alternate realitycalledthe Utopian Parallel, leaving home to travel the multiverse after her mothers died. Followinga brief stint in the Teen Brigade inVengeance,Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’sYoung Avengerstransformed her from C-list side-character to cult favorite. (It also transformed her costume from this cleavage/butt-crack nightmareinto something a young woman would voluntarily wear while kicking ass.)

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Young Avengers set the tone for America’s role inlater teams like A-Force and the Ultimates,as an independent heavy-hitterwho always sticks to her guns. She fulfillsthe same wish-fulfillment role as early Captain America: an underdog with a relatable anger about injustice, armed with more confidence and power than us mere mortals in real life.

Fans spent years clamoring for Chavez to get her own solo series, partly spurred on by Marvel’s frequent PR statements about promoting diverse characters. Thedesire foran America Chavez comic was so strong that Image Comicsgreenlit a series about “America Vasquez,” a similar character from Chavez’s creators Casey and Dragotta. But Marvel eventually saw the light,launchingAmerica in March 2017.

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The new series ties up America’s relationship with the Ultimates, creating aneasy starting point for new readers. Chavez is stilldating her girlfriend Lisa and is still BFFs with Kate “Hawkeye” Bishop, but she’s basically flying solo for the first time in years. Issue #1marks her arrival at Sotomayor University, a college catering tosuperpowered students.

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America deftly handles two issues that inspire frequent criticismin superhero comics: sexuality and character design. America Chavez isn’t just incidentally queer, and her sexuality isn’t confined to scenes she shares with her love-interest. It’s a central part of her identity.

The comic also features another queer character (Prodigy fromYoung Avengers), solving a problem that many superhero writersdon’t seem to understand. Queer characters are usually portrayed as lone wolves in a sea of straight people, only interacting with other queer characters in a romantic context.This isn’t really true to real-life experience, so it’s refreshing to see Prodigy and America as college friends.

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Finally, there’sAmerica‘s fashion choices. Female superheroes are often drawn inimpractical,sexualized outfits, but that isn’t the only problem. A lot of those outfits are also wildly out-of-date, borrowing looks that belong in anearly-2000s Britney Spears photoshoot. Jamie McKelvie’s Miss America redesign was a cosplay hit because it looks trendy and realistic, andAmerica follows in its footsteps with stylish fashion choiceseven for background characters. This kind of detail is vital for a comic likeAmerica, bolstering that indefinable sense of cool.

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That ‘The Walking Dead’ Reveal Is Our Savior

The Payne of waiting is over for Walking Dead fans.

In the comics, Jesus, the character actor Tom Payne portrays on the AMC show,is gay. Its not a big deal. Its just an aspect of the character. But it was unconfirmed on the show when The Huffington Post spoke with Payne about it late last year during a Build Series interview.

When asked about the possibility of confirming Jesus sexuality on screen, Payne was all for it, saying, I think that would be amazing.

He also basically said that would be the case.

I see no reason why it would be different in the show.

Now, its official.

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Jesus talks … to Maggie.

In Sundays episode, The Other Side, Jesus chats with Maggie (Lauren Cohan) near the beginning of the episode. He talks about Hilltop, saying,When I was first here, I was never here. I always found it hard getting close to anyone: neighbors, friends, boyfriends.

Maggie responds, You should try it some time, even if it doesnt last.

With that, The Walking Dead gave us what weve been waiting for.

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Jesus is here to save us.

Its not an entirely sweet moment, though. Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) overhears the chat and it seemingly reinforces her decision to go after Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).

From the look on Sashas face, Maggies line appears to make her think about how she loved Abraham (Michael Cudlitz). Negan killed Abraham. That guy has got to go.

At the end of the episode, Rosita (Christian Serratos) and Sasha make it to the Saviors facility and create an opening in the fence. They see Eugene (Josh McDermitt), but he denies their attempts to rescue him. Sasha then goes in after Negan and locks up the fence opening so Rosita cant follow.

Rosita runs away and eventually sees someone standing in the shadows with a crossbow. Is it Daryl (Norman Reedus)? Is it Dwight (Austin Amelio)? Who knows?

What we are pretty sure of is that Sasha is going to die. She just doesnt have much hope of navigating the facility with all those Saviors, finding Negan, and killing him by herself. Plus, Sonequa Martin-Greennow has a starring role on Star Trek: Discovery, so its not looking good for her Walking Dead longevity.

But lets not think about that for now. Remember that cool news about Jesus? Praise Jesus!

The Walking Dead airs Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

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Kids’ Choice Awards 2017: The Complete Winners List!

The kids have spoken — and it’s not just about John Cena getting slimed!!

The 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards took place Saturday night, and some stars walked away as fan favorites.

In case you missed any of the awards, we’ve got the complete winners list right here.

Ch-ch-check it out (below)!

Favorite Kids’ Show

Game Shakers
Girl Meets World
Henry Danger (
Winner)
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
The Thundermans

Favorite Family Show

Big Bang Theory
Black-ish
Fuller House
(Winner)
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Supergirl
The Flash

Favorite Reality Show

America’s Funniest Home Videos
America’s Got Talent
(Winner)
American Ninja Warrior
Paradise Run
Shark Tank
The Voice

Favorite Cartoon

ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks
SpongeBob SquarePants
(Winner)
Teen Titans Go!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Amazing World of Gumball
The Loud House

Favorite Male TV Star

Benjamin Flores Jr. (Triple G, Game Shakers)
Aidan Gallagher (Nicky, Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn)
Jack Griffo (Max, The Thundermans)
Jace Norman (Henry, Henry Danger) (Winner)
Casey Simpson (Ricky, Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn)
Tyrel Jackson Williams (Leo, Lab Rats)

Favorite Female TV Star

Zendaya (K.C., K.C. Undercover) (Winner)
Rowan Blanchard (Riley, Girl Meets World)
Dove Cameron (Liv and Maddie, Liv and Maddie)
Lizzy Greene (Dawn, Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn)
Kira Kosarin (Phoebe, The Thundermans)
Breanna Yde (Tomika, School of Rock)

Favorite Movie

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Captain America: Civil War
Ghostbusters (
Winner)
Pete’s Dragon
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Favorite Movie Actor

Ben Affleck (Batman, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice)
Will Arnett (Vernon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows)
Henry Cavill (Superman, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice)
Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man, Captain America: Civil War)
Chris Evans (Captain America, Captain America: Civil War)
Chris Hemsworth (Kevin, Ghostbusters) (Winner)

Favorite Movie Actress

Amy Adams (Lois, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice)
Megan Fox (April, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows)
Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow, Captain America: Civil War)
Felicity Jones (Jyn, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
Melissa McCarthy (Abby, Ghostbusters) (Winner)
Kristen Wiig (Erin, Ghostbusters)

Favorie Animated Movie

Finding Dory (Winner)
Moana
Sing
The Secret Life of Pets
Trolls
Zootopia

Favorite Voice From An Animated Movie

Ellen DeGeneres (Dory, Finding Dory) (Winner)
Kevin Hart (Snowball, The Secret Life of Pets)
Dwayne Johnson (Maui, Moana)
Anna Kendrick (Poppy, Trolls)
Justin Timberlake (Branch, Trolls)
Reese Witherspoon (Rosita, Sing)

Favorite Villain

Helena Bonham Carter (The Red Queen, Alice Through the Looking Glass)
Idris Elba (Krall, Star Trek Beyond)
Will Ferrell (Mugatu, Zoolander 2)
Kevin Hart (Snowball, The Secret Life of Pets) (Winner)
Charlize Theron (Ravenna, The Huntsman: Winter’s War)
Spencer Wilding (Darth Vader, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)

Favorite Butt-Kicker

Ben Affleck (Batman, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice)
Henry Cavill (Superman, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice)
Chris Evans (Captain America, Captain America: Civil War) (Winner)
Chris Hemsworth (The Huntsman, The Huntsman: Winter’s War)
Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow, Captain America: Civil War)
Felicity Jones (Jyn, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique, X-Men: Apocalypse)
Zoe Saldana (Lieutenant Uhura, Star Trek Beyond)

BFFs (Best Friends Forever)

Ruby Barnhill & Mark Rylance (Sophie/BFG, The BFG)
Kevin Hart & Dwayne Johnson (Bob/Calvin, Central Intelligence) (Winner)
Kevin Hart & Ice Cube (Ben/James, Ride Along 2)
Chris Pine & Zachary Quinto (Captain Kirk/Spock, Star Trek Beyond)
Neel Sethi & Bill Murray (Mowgli/ Baloo, Jungle Book)
Ben Stiller & Owen Wilson (Derek/Hansel, Zoolander 2)

Favorite Frenemies

Ben Affleck & Henry Cavill (Batman/Superman, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice)
Chris Evans & Robert Downey Jr. (Captain America/Iron Man, Captain America: Civil War)
Ginnifer Goodwin & Jason Bateman (Judy/Nick, Zootopia) (Winner)
Dwayne Johnson & Auli’I Cravalho (Moana/Maui, Moana)
Anna Kendrick & Justin Timberlake (Poppy/Branch, Trolls)
Charlize Theron & Emily Blunt (Ravenna/Freya, The Huntsman: Winter’s War)

Most Wanted Pet

Baloo from The Jungle Book (Bill Murray)
Dory from Finding Dory (Ellen DeGeneres)
Po from Kung Fu Panda 3 (Jack Black)
Red from The Angry Birds Movie (Jason Sudeikis)
Rosita from Sing (Reese Witherspoon)
Snowball from The Secret Life of Pets (Kevin Hart) (Winner)

#Squad

Finding Dory Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Kaitlin Olson, Hayden Rolence, Willem Dafoe, Ed O’Neill, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy (Winner)

Captain America: Civil War – Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman
Ghostbusters Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Felicity Jones, Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed, Mads Mikkelsen
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson
X-Men: Apocalypse James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters, Tye Sheridan, Ben Hardy, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, Olivia Munn

Favorite Music Group

The Chainsmokers
Fifth Harmony (Winner)
Maroon 5
OneRepublic
Pentatonix
Twenty One Pilots

Favorite Male Singer

Drake
Justin Bieber
Bruno Mars
Shawn Mendes (Winner)
Justin Timberlake
The Weeknd

Favorite Female Singer

Adele
Beyonc
Ariana Grande
Selena Gomez (Winner)
Rihanna
Meghan Trainor

Favorite Song

“24K Magic” Bruno Mars
“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” Justin Timberlake
“Heathens” Twenty One Pilots
“Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” Adele
“Side to Side” Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj
“Work From Home” Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign (Winner)

Favorite New Artist

Kelsea Ballerini
The Chainsmokers
Daya
Lukas Graham
Solange
Rae Sremmurd
Hailee Steinfeld
Twenty One Pilots (Winner)

Favorite Music Video

“24K Magic” Bruno Mars
“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” Justin Timberlake
“Formation” Beyonc
“Juju on That Beat” Zay Hilfigerrr and Zayion McCall (Winner)
“Me Too” Meghan Trainor
“Stressed Out” Twenty One Pilots

Favorite DJ/EDM Artist

Martin Garrix
Calvin Harris (Winner)
Major Lazer
Skrillex
DJ Snake
Zedd

Favorite Soundtrack

Hamilton
Me Before You
Moana
Sing
Suicide Squad (Winner)
Trolls

Favorite Viral Music Artist

Tiffany Alvord
Matty B
Carson Lueders
Johnny Orlando
Jacob Sartorius
JoJo Siwa (Winner)

Favorite Global Music Star

5 Seconds of Summer (Australia/New Zealand)
BIGBANG (Asia)
Bruno Mars (North America)
Little Mix (UK) (Winner)
Shakira (South America)
Zara Larsson (Europe)

Favorite Video Game

Just Dance 2017 (Winner)
Lego Marvel’s Avengers
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Minecraft: Story Mode
Paper Mario: Color Splash
Pokmon Moon

So fun!!!

Congrats to all the BIG winners!!!

What’d U think of last night’s show, Perezcious readers?! Let us know in the comments (below)!!!

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‘Get Out’ Is The Type Of Movie The Oscars Should Pay Attention To

The same night Moonlight won Best Picture, Get Out ended its fruitful theatrical debut with $33.4 million in North American grosses, surpassing forecasts that estimateda $28 million opening. Jordan Peeles horror film is expected to net another $26 millionthis go-round,remarkable for a genre known for steep second-weekend revenue declines.

One week alone cannot presage a seismic shift, but the coupled victories for Moonlight and Get Out send a clear message about the types of stories worth telling on the big screen. Moonlight is a delicate coming-of-age masterpiece with an exclusively black cast, and Get Out is a scalding satire that indicts Americas racial bigotry as thoroughly as any slavery movie.

The two share another commonality:rapturous reception.Moonlight drew near-universal acclaim and placed high on many critics year-end lists. It was, in many ways, the defining art film of 2016, doing first-rate business for a project that cost a mere $1.5 million to make. Similarly, Get Out promos boasted of the movies100 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, at least until critic Armond White published his characteristically contrarian review in the National Review.

Because Moonlight is an austere drama, it found an obvious portal into the Oscar race, eventually securing eight nominations. Get Out, on the other hand, hails from a genre regularly ignored by awards groups.Movies released in the first half of the year arent often remembered by the time Oscar campaigns rev up around September anyway. But those constructs should change because Get Out is every bit as worthy an Oscar candidate as much of the prestige fare that floods theaters every winter.

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Catherine Kenner, Bradley Whitford, Allison Williams, Betty Gabriel and Daniel Kaluuya star in “Get Out.”

Making his directorial debut, Peele positions Get Outwithin a through-line of classics chronicling social terrors. He has cited Rosemarys Baby and The Stepford Wives nightmares about female subjugation and spousal manipulation as key influences. Except instead of demonic neighbors or patriarchal fascism, the fear in Get Out is something far more common: white people.

Peele has crafted a postmodern indictment of racial bondage that requires astute viewership. Some will call this a horror comedy, but thats a simplistic label: The humor is often a tongue-in-cheek result of the terror, which derives from white faces preying on black bodies. It is history, modernized and largely depoliticized, aside from the central milky clan insisting they would have voted for Barack Obama for a third term.

As Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a black photographer, meets his white girlfriend Roses (Allison Williams) family for the first time at their suburban WASP manor, his anxieties are reflected in common horror tropes. Chris oozes paranoia, leaving us at first wondering, as we did with Rosemary, whether his misgivings are unfounded.

We are all familiar with, or can at least imagine, the stresses of meeting a partners relatives. (In-laws are terrifying, after all.) Abetted by the tension of a psychological thriller, that familiarity invokes skeptical amusement.We chuckle nervously as Roses family dotes over Chris like a trophy while their black house-servants mill about like zombies. We titter as his fears are seemingly confirmed and dismissed at once. Jump-scares those cheap Boo! tricks that have come to define the horror genre end in us laughing at ourselves for giving in to the scene the way it wants us to. We dont yet know Rose and her parents (Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener) have brewed a sinister plot that lobotomizes and enslaves black people,but we can detect an intangible racism beneath the surface, and that careful escalation leaves the viewer feeling susceptible.(It must be said, however, that the film does pepper in earnest comedy, mostly thanks to Chris loyal best friend, played by a boisterous Lil Rel Howery.)

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Jordan Peele directs a scene in “Get Out.”

Get Out is a piece of craftsmanship, seemingly made by a veteran director. It takes a skilled filmmaker with a deep connection to the nature of storytelling to create something that twists our familiarity with movies into something original. That it follows familiar patterns is precisely the point. In Peeles heightened narrative, well-meaning white people those clueless social liberals who would gladly dedicate their avocado toast to Black Lives Matter are villains without masks. These boogeymen and -women are all around us. You might even be one of them. And that idea, however brashly it is outlined, fosters a sociological commentary as complex as any prestigious Oscar title.

Whether Get Out will remain one of the years best, thereby sealing its Oscar worthiness, is yet to be seen. The last Best Picture champ released in January or February was 1991s The Silence of the Lambs, the only horror movie thats ever won. But Universal would be wise to start pondering an awards campaign, particularly for Kaluuyas effective performance and Peeles direction and script. Even if the Academy hasnt delivered on its promise, the Best Picture category expanded to a potential 10 slots so the Oscars could recognize popular movies regularly edged out by more somber conventions. Get Out is every bit as nuanced and layered as many intimate indie dramas, and at a time when our country can seem more racially polarized than ever, its just the sort of topical confrontation that Americans should be encouraged to embrace.

Get Out is now in theaters.

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