Historically, they've been scarce as leads, especially in superhero comics, often appearing in support or villain roles, as stereotypical mystics, ninjas, and dragon ladies. That is changing, however, with Asian main characters taking top billing in new series that have artists and writers of Asian background at the helm. What do you think of the current state of Asian representation in comics?
Marvel Comics is giving ink to an unprecedented team-up of its mightiest Asian and Asian American heroes, also known as the new Agents of Atlas. Established icons like martial arts master Shang-Chi and newbies like Wave, the newest Filipino superhero, will team up in a stand-alone, five-part comic book series starting this summer, the publishing giant told The Associated Press Thursday. But the exclusively Asian limited series is set to roll out in August.
In part one of this write up, I briefly looked at the changing demographic and the response from Marvel and DC. I also discussed the growing Asian influence, specifically from one Chinese company, who is making serious inroads into Hollywood and whose predictions about the Chinese market is only a few years away. I should also mention that the current creators themselves are much more diversified these days.
However, while compiling this list, we were in a dilemma — do we focus only on Chinese characters in Western comics, or widen the spectrum a bit and include characters from actual Chinese comics? Asian heroes are a minority in Western comics, and surprisingly, there have not been many prominent Chinese superheroes either. Japanese manga also has its fair share of stories set in China, including kung fu series Tekken Chinmi by Takeshi Maekawa, and war epic Kingdom by Yasuhisa Hara; while over in Malaysia, there is a growing Chinese comic-book industry as well more on that next time.
Asian superheroes have played important parts in mainstream comics, but we still have a long way to go until they receive the representation they deserve. The best Asian heroes are the ones that don't conform to their stereotypes and become iconic because of their personalities, unique powers, and ability to capture the imagination of the audience. The most widely known is Jubilee, loved for her long yellow trench coat and ability to fire energy bursts from her hands.
Chinese superheroes are rare in the s. While several comic book heroes are listed here, only three qualify as superheroes, and one of those is never explicitly identified as Chinese in his original incarnation. Fu Chang is the first Chinese superhero in comic books, debuting in
Comics, and Alt. What Wu has done is to collect images shaped by political forces to tell a narrative of how America views Asians. The exhibition focuses on alternative and independent comic spaces, particularly in the hubs of San Francisco and New York, which produced many of the most prominent artists in the independent scene.
One of Marvel's first Chinese superheroes has blown into the United States with the first English-language Aero comic book hitting newsstand shelves on July 3. Some renowned comic book artists were invited to create various limited-edition covers for the superheroine's debut, in which Lei Ling, a successful Shanghai architect, awakens one day to find that she possesses the ability to control air currents. Marvel also reveals that it plans to publish the other Chinese superhero comic title, Sword Masterin the US by the end of July.
By Dino-Ray Ramos. We are days away from Marvel taking the coveted dais of Hall H to give us news on what we hope is Phase 4 of their wildly expansive — and box office record-breaking — Marvel Cinematic Universe. Arguably one of the most anticipated announcements is who would be playing the lead in Shang-Chiwhich will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and written by Dave Callaham both of Asian heritage.