Miss America currently appears in Young Avengers Volume 2 which began in March of 2013. She appeared in the first issue and has been a main member of the books team written by Kieron Gillen and with art by Jamie McKelvie. The series is set to end with issue 15, Young Avengers #15 - Resolution Part 2. It is unknown where she may show up next.
Miss America is a super-heroine loosely inspired by the original Miss America of whom she actually has very little knowledge of. Miss América Chávez worked as a part of the Teen Brigade alongside Ultimate Nullifier, Barnell Bohusk, Angel Salvadore, and the In-Betweener in the third incarnation of the group. Essentially a teen hero group using hi tech communication gear to undergo important missions, often aiding under heroes, in a somewhat covert manner. The group of teens were jaded by the blurring of lines between heroes and villains and the complacency afforded by some established traditional heroes and their actions. She was also considered co leader of the team. America had a somewhat cynical attitude even at one stage mocking the idea of ever being an Avenger, ironically after some manipulation by Loki she would in fact become a member of the Young Avengers. Eventually America would reminisce on her past at a party set for the youthful heroes and sidekicks of Earth.
Observing Billy Kaplan in the present she would recall her youth in which her home dimension which was near its end and that her two mothers had saved it. It was also a reality that Billy had created in his Demiurge persona in the future, young Miss America was a huge fan of Demiurge, or Wiccan, even going as far to pretend to be him. Miss America would inform that her mothers had saved their dimension, a surreal bright vibrant almost perfect dimension. The young Miss America would jump into a final void despite adults of her home world warning her of the consequences. Miss America wanted to leave her dimension, it was too perfect with no one for her to help and she had heroes like her mothers and Wiccan to aspire to being like. Thus setting up her journey.
Miss America was created by Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta in 2011 and first appeared in Vengeance #1. When describing the creation of the book she was introduced in and the character, Casey has commented "...it is a superhero comic book, chock full of all the things you read superhero comic books to experience: good guys, bad guys, big action, romance, moral dilemmas, high stakes, cosmic angst. It's all there in this book. I don't feel obliged in any way. I love that stuff. I want to cram as much of it into every issue as I can. And there's no such thing as too much. For example: one thing we've decided about the new character, Miss America Chavez, is that she doesn't wear underwear. Believe it or not, that was an important creative decision. I think it says something about her personality that she deliberately goes out into the field sans underwear. You can see it in the art. How's that for selling it?
On the other hand, along with a small detail like that, we're also dealing with the nature of order and chaos and what it means in the Marvel Universe. We're presenting the next generation of young heroes and villains, both of whom are wrestling with what it means to exist in the current climate of the Marvel U" Miss America Chavez has also had background info established by writer Kieron Gillen.
Although like most of Joe Casey's contributions to Marvel, it initially seemed Miss America would be doomed to obscurity following the Vengeance miniseries, surprisingly, Miss America has been chosen to join the Marvel Now relaunch of Young Avengers. She will fill the Star-Spangled void left by the retired Young Avenger known as Patriot.
Kieron Gillen when speaking about the character explained her selection "Miss America is quite mysterious, and it's quite deliberate. Where's she's from? What does she want? What's she doing? Why does she care about Wiccan? Why does Loki appear to know more about her than anybody else? She's the classic mysterious lady. We play that straight and we also play games with it. She looks great and Patriot was basically unavailable. So I wanted to have someone in the Captain America role and I had just finished reading "Vengeance" by Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta. I loved that series and I thought she was a great stars-n-stripes style character. Plus she's completely different from Wiccan and Hulkling. They're very nice and she's not. [Laughs] You've got a culture clash there." Explanations of her past and powers and motivations are hinted at coming soon.
As written by Joe Casey Miss America had quite a tough independent staunch personality and disposition, even to the point of being almost rude to fellow superheroes. Although she retains much of that independent sass and anger issues in Young Avengers, the character is written a bit more fuller, with her motivations explored a bit more and more moments of friendliness and sentimentality. In either of her teams though Miss America has fulfilled the team powerhouse niche well.
Major Story Arcs
As a member of the Teen Brigade, Miss America broke a manifestation of the In-Betweener out from confinement in a government facility at Area 51. Whilst escaping with him in tow, they are attacked by shadowy creatures, and Ms America is forced to fight them off. They eventually retreat after America knocks them all around a bit. Delivering the young In-Betweener back to base, the Teen Brigade as is typical of them, move to a new location for the time being. In-Betweener would describe an extra dimensional horde of creatures, the Brotherhood or Braak'nhud that were hunting him. There presence and actions were a threat to the balance of the universe. In order to deceive the creatures Miss America takes some of the essence and energy of the Inbetweener and heads out to the skies to attract them away from the more vulnerable Inbetweener. Miss America would encounter a large horde of the creatures and start to battle them. She would soon be joined by more established heroes, She Hulk, Son of Satan and Krang. The heroes fight of the horde who depart when they realize Miss America isn't the Inbetweener. Miss America would catch a falling She Hulk has they depart.
The Young Masters, including new young versions of Egghead, Mako, Black Knight, Radioactive Kid and Executioner, another youth team working behind the scenes, but with opposing attitudes and goals to the Teen Brigade. They have started making trouble, and whose ideology has started to conflict with Miss Americas group, threatening to upset an important balance between chaos and order. One particular incident would lead to the Teen Brigade trying to protect Dr Octopus after theYoung Masters on an attempted villain killing spree targeted Otto. Ultimate Nullifier would engage the new female Black Knight, Electro and Radioactive Kid in battle, but fall victim to Radioactive Kid's bizarre toxic powers.Miss America would be sent to rescuer him and clean up, which she would do with authority barely registering as she would speed by the Young Masters rescuing Ultimate Nullifier. Miss America would adopt a mocking attitude when Ultimate Nullifier would attempt to get info out of Black Knight.
In the mean time America would interrupt the Young Masters attempts to recruit the god Loki into their group at a Museum. Smashing through the roof, Executioner would be especially pleased at getting a chance to fight America, but his gunfire would prove utterly ineffective. Radioactive Kids attempts would fail as well with America stomping the floor throwing both villains off balance.
The Sixth Dimension
Miss America being there primarily to stop the Young Masters would try and convey this to Loki, Chavez worried that Young Masters may have been targeting him, instead is dismissed by Loki who sets one of Thor's goats Toothgnasher against her. The two would fight back and forth as Loki would calmly talk before producing the Screaming Idol, an artifact carved in the image of Tiboro, an artifact which can send people to the Sixth Dimension, home to Tiboro. Sending Miss America there, she would be disorientated and confused, peering up from a rocky out plain to see a extremely large star burning brightly in front of her. Despite not being on Earth, Miss America's phone would still work and get a signal, she would also be approached by several ghostly figures who would explain themselves as shades of former visitors and inform Chavez that she was in Tiboro's realm. Tiboro a massive entity several hundred feet tall would storm towards America and the shades and attack. The Inbetweener loosely aware of what has transpired with America would teleport to recruit She Hulk and Son of Satan to help him rescue Miss America from Tiboro's dimension. Their additional help once they arrive would give Chavez breathing room and opportunity to puncture through Tiboro's giant head defeating the powerful foe.
Miss America Chavez is visiting Earth 212, before realizing that Loki is waiting for her when she heads to have lunch. She didn't know what he wanted, but entertained conversation. Their history with each other not the best America gives him time to speak, learning that Loki propositions her to leave to head back to the 'Earth' Earth, America being weary, prompting Loki to reference the Teen Brigade. Miss America's patience grows short, until Loki starts mentioned Wiccan of the Young Avengers, which seems to grab her attention. Loki even goes as far as to imply harming Wiccan of the Young Avengers, which causes America to lash out in anger and physically attack the Asgardian. Loki's threat played well America vows to watch over Wiccan and keep an eye on Loki, inadvertently fulfilling Loki's wish. Looking out for Wiccan, America would eventually catch Loki observing the teenager leading to a fight between the two. Wiccan, in the mean time, would attempt to make amends with Teddy by giving him a chance to met his biological mother by using his magical abilities. Loki would teleport out of Americas hands after playing evasive, America herself leaving after Hulking managed to reach them after hearing the noise they created.
While trying to summon an alternate reality version of Hulking's mother to replace the one that had died during the events of Young Avergers Volume 1, Wiccan would inadvertently summon a powerful and bizarre parasitic creature known as Mother. This creature attacks the pair by pretending to be their respective parents. Saved by Loki, the trio are then attacked by an imitation of Loki's father Laufey. However, Miss America would be on hand to save the trio by smashing into Mother's facsimile. She offers explanation for her delay, referencing that her own mothers had also come back to life. Despite her immense distrust of Loki, America would give him the chance to teleport the group away from the reforming Laufey and her resurrected parents. Teleported to a club, America, Loki, Wiccan and Hulking would get opportunity to talk. America makes clear her distrust of Loki, revealing that he had asked her to kill Wiccan earlier. Loki would attempt to justify his actions, explaining he had tricked America into protecting Wiccan by making her feel as though he was in danger. It is later revealed that America's protectiveness towards Wiccan stems from the fact that one day he will become the Demiurge, an entity that creates her peaceful home dimension Utopia.
Powers and Abilities
Miss América Chávez possesses an array of super powers, some of which seem unrevealed. She does possess the ability to fly, teleport and travel inter-dimensionally. The latter require her to kick a star surface of her creation. She also possesses a great amount of super strength and super durability. Strength rumored to be able to kick a person off planet, but enough at least to tear apart and throw large solidified steel doors, and also enough to stomp on grounds so hard as to cause mini quakes that can throw off the balance of others.
America is bullet proof with bullets impacting harmlessly off her skin. She is durable enough to sustain powerful flame attacks from Tiboro, ruler of the Sixth Dimension. America also possesses super speed and some degree of fighting skill and ability. She also has significance experience as a superhero, having been active for around 10 years, around as long as many of Avengers and X-Men.