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Marvel's America references Hamilton in new hip-hop variant cover

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Hamilton

There are a million things Marvel’s America hasn’t done (yet) — but the young avenger has managed to reference Hamilton in the form of a new hip-hop variant cover for the first issue of her series.

Created by artist Jeffrey Veregge, the cover references the now-iconic artwork (below) for the hit Broadway musical by having America Chavez take Hamilton‘s place as the top point of the star (in the same pose no less), with the colors referencing the American flag.

The imagery is striking for many reasons. Not only is America the queer Latina superhero’s first solo series, but it is also debuting following President Trump’s controversial executive orders which have proposed both building a border wall between the United States and Mexico, as well as a halt on refugees and immigrants entering the country.

The Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Hamilton tells the story of America’s founding fathers — with a cast of actors of color — and was created Lin-Manuel Miranda, a Latino, and the son of an immigrant.

This isn’t the first notable variant America has produced since it was first announced.

The first issue, which is due in March, will also feature a cover by Jamie McKelvie, the artist who helped make Chavez such a fan favorite during his Young Avengers run, while the second issue, due in April, featured a tribute to Beyoncé’s “Formation” video by artist Joe Quinones.

Juliet Takes a Breath author Gabby Rivera will serve as the writer of the comic, which will see the young, queer hero defend the Earth from aliens while also traveling to different dimensions to attend class — all while making time for her personal life, which hopefully features a visit from best friend (and potential love interest) Kate Bishop.

America will be out March 2017.