Comic fans already know Gabby Rivera for her trailblazing America, Marvel’s first solo series about America Chavez, the queer Latina superhero. And now she’s bringing her signature voice to a new world, that of b.b. free: an original story following the coming-of-age adventure of b.b., in a post-apocalyptic world not quite like anything you’ve seen before.
“b.b. free is a bouncy love letter to queer kids everywhere, especially the chubby Puerto Rican ones”
— Gabby Rivera
“Chubby, nerdy, teen me daydreamed about heading out into the world with a super cool best friend and doing whatever we wanted,” Rivera said of her inspiration for the series. “Usually on motorcycles, with magical powers, and no parents to mess with our fun.” b.b. free builds that kind of world, with b.b. at the helm of a ragtag team called the Swamp Nerds, determined to find out the truth about their fascinating, fragmented, beautiful and dangerous world.
Teaming up with Rivera to provide the gorgeous artwork for the comic is Royal A. Dunlap, who Rivera calls “one of the best artists on the planet”. His art for b.b. free beautifully evokes the misty, magic and mysterious atmosphere perfect for Rivera’s story of uncovering secrets, setting out to discover the truth—and discovering one’s own identity along the way.
Set to be released this November by BOOM! Studios BOOM! Box Imprint, b.b. free will be arriving on shelves not long after Rivera’s acclaimed debut novel Juliet Takes a Breath is re-published in September.