Manga Monday: A Galaxy Next Door Vol. 1

Author/Artist: Gido Amagakure
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Released: April 26, 2022
Received: NetGalley

A Galaxy Next Door Vol. 1 is one of several mangas I’ve recently come across that directly portray manga creators. It’s fun, tongue-in-cheek, and is surprisingly good as a foundation for something more.

Since his father died, Ichiro Kuga has been desperately trying to keep things together. With two siblings to support, he throws himself headfirst into his passion, hoping to turn it into a career that’ll take care of all three.

However, Kuga is struggling to deal with the deadlines of manga creation; that’s why he’s had to cave and hire an assistant. Only…she’s not what he expected and has quickly turned his life upside down – and not in any traditional romantic sense.

A Galaxy Next Door Vol. 1 is a fun twist on a guy meets a girl; the guy falls in love with the girl and finds out the girl is an alien. Wait, what? Yeah, it’s a head spinner, but an entertaining one. Kuga’s new assistant, Shiori Goshiki is an alien princess, and through a strange series of events, they’re now destined for marriage.

Naturally, hilarity ensues as the two try to make room for one another in their lives. While I enjoyed the core concept of this story, there were times when it fell flat. Ultimately, I didn’t enjoy it as much as others of its kind, which is disappointing.

Thanks to Kodansha and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Review – America Chavez Made in the USA #1 (Marvel Comics)

Her History Comes to Light in America Chavez Made in the USA #1

She’s back! Okay, she was never technically gone, just out of the limelight for a while. But now America is about to get another run of her series. And it all starts with America Chavez Made in the USA #1.

This series is about to do a deep dive on America: who she is, how her powers work, and even her history. Making it a solid starting point for new fans and a plot arc full of interesting facts for those who have been reading her story all along. At least, that’s sincerely what I’m hoping we’re going to get out of this series.

America Chavez, for those that don’t know about her, is a strong and confident woman. She can punch portals into existence (and as you might have guessed from her aesthetic, they are in the shape of stars). She’s a Latin-American LGBTQ+ character, and we’re going to get to see her on the big screen very soon (hint: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness).


It’s been a hot minute since America has had her own series. Honestly, it’s good to see her back. America Chavez Made in the USA #1, written by Kalinda Vazquez, is a strong start to this new series. One that quickly portrays the young woman in an easy and approachable way.

Don’t get me wrong – there are plenty of references to her past in Marvel as well, from her allies to parts of her background. It all folds rather nicely with the new information that is coming out here. It creates something fascinating and something that I think all fans – old and new – can enjoy.

What America Chavez Made in the USA #1 really nails is the storytelling. There’s a steady build going on, all of it focused on America and her past – her families. It’s intriguing, for everything that has been shown and everything that has been oh so carefully left out.

Obviously, that means that it raises plenty of questions as well, leaving readers (well, myself at least) eager to see what will happen next. Throw in the additional elements, such as secondary (familiar) characters, humor, and some social commentary, and it makes for a highly compelling read.


If you’re looking for a visually dramatic issue to read, then America Chavez Made in the USA #1 is the issue for you. Carlos Gomez (art), Jesus Aburtov (colors), and VC’s Travis Lanham (letters) all worked so hard to bring her story to life, and it shows.

Every panel is evocative in its own way, be it portraying her life many years ago or the battles she’s facing now. Her style is iconic, as always, and leaves her open to plenty of memorable scenes and poses.

And of course, let us not forget the guest characters for this issue. Both characters (most recently seen together in their run on West Coast Avengers) are immediately recognizable – no introductions needed. Also, I simply adore Ramone’s style, so I may be slightly biased there.


America Chavez Made in the USA #1 is a fantastic start to this latest series. It’s perfect for fans who want to keep reading about her and perfect for fans who want to learn more about her before making her major MCU appearance. No matter the reason, do be sure to check it out!

This review was originally written for Word of the Nerd, but has been ported over to Quirky Cat’s Fat Stacks now that the site has shut down.

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