‘DC Festival Of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration’ Gives Asian Creators And Characters A Spotlight
by Olly MacNamee
(Happy Lunar New Year!)
Like so many other media organisations and comic book publishers, DC Comics are currently in the long-term process of rectifying the mistakes of the past. Years of under-representing characters and creators from ethnically diverse backgrounds has seen a good deal of positive steps being made to bring such voices and IP’s into the public eye more prominently than ever before. And, a new one-shot featuring an all-star cast of creators of South Asian heritage – DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration – is aiming to do just that this May.
“The 96-page one-shot issue will commemorate DC’s rich roster of Asian and Asian American characters, presenting new tales by some of the most lauded storytellers in comics. Ram V— the current Catwoman series writer—will at last unveil the long-seeded mystery behind Shoes in an action-packed tale that follows the character as she becomes Catwoman’s protégé, revealing her real name, secret origin, and who her mother is. Eisner Award-winning author Mariko Tamaki will continue her work on the Batman mythos and present an original Cassandra Cain story, marking the author’s first time taking on DC’s iconic Asian Batgirl. Joining these stories, Minh Lê—the acclaimed writer behind the smash-hit middle grade graphic novel Green Lantern: Legacy—will team with artist Trung Le Nguyen (author and artist of The Magic Fish) for an all-new story featuring Vietnamese American Tai Pham, DC’s newest Green Lantern co-created by Lê and Green Lantern: Legacy artist Andie Tong. This anthology marks Nguyen’s first work with DC.”
And headlining this special one-shot will be a very special lead story from New York Times bestselling author Gene Luen Yang (Superman Smashes the Klan) and artist Bernard Chang.
Also included in this special one-shot are stories and pin-ups featuring DC characters Katana, Lady Shiva, the Atom, and New Super-Man, among others, and will be written and drawn by writers and artists such as Francis Manapul, Greg Pak, Alyssa Wong, Marcio Takara, Sumit Kumar, Amy Chu, Dustin Nguyen, Cliff Chiang, Jen Bartel, Gurihiru and many more.
DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration is out Tuesday May 11th from DC Comics