By Nivea Serrao
July 14, 2017 at 06:11 PM EDT
Marvel Comics

It’s been a long time coming, but both America Chavez and Kate Bishop are finally reunited!

The Marvel characters will once again share the page in the latest issue of Marvel’s America (the titular character’s first-ever solo series), which sees the former Young Avenger reunite with her best friend (and current lead of her own solo series) when Kate — who’s currently working as a private detective — hits a snag in the case she’s working. But as it turns out, America has a few emotional issues she needs to work out, too.

“America lost her moms when she was a little kid. They sacrificed their lives to save the whole dang Utopian Parallel,” writer Gabby Rivera told EW earlier this year. (The Utopian Parellel, for the uninitiated, is a dimension outside of time and the Marvel multiverse.) “That type of grief doesn’t just go away, you know? So we’re dealing with that. She is also taking on the notion of putting herself first. Many women are expected to put everything else before themselves and some women choose that for themselves. Either way, it’s worth investigating what it’s like for a young queer Latina to choose herself and invest in what’s going to make her great and more powerful.”

Kate isn’t the first Marvel character to make a cameo in America’s series. Thanks to her multi-dimensional college, the queer Latina has met the likes of Peggy Carter (a.k.a. Agent Carter), X-Men’s Storm, and even Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. But this is the first time the young hero will have a chance to hang out with her closest friend — and go on what appears to be a long, sing-along-filled drive.

Since the pair’s shared appearance in Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s Young Avengers series, they’ve become a fan-favorite romantic pairing, with some fans hoping a crossover might offer a few opportunities for love. Rivera has previously told EW: “I know some fans ship the heck out America and Kate. Maybe dreams do come true.”

Below, you can read exclusive pages from the upcoming issue written by Gabby River, with Hawkeye writer Kelly Thompson consulting, art by Ramon Villalobos, and a cover by Jen Bartel.

America #5 hits comic book stores on July 19.

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