In celebration of the May designation as Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, DC Comics have released an astounding anthology dedicated to their diverse cast of Asian Superheroes, with this month’s – DC’s Festival Of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration.
DC Comics have positioned themselves admirably over the past few years as the comic company spotlighting diversity and inclusion. With a plethora of comic series, one-shots and graphic novels including the recent, and quite brilliant John Ridley helmed Black Label series – The Other History Of The DC Universe, and next month’s release of the DC Pride Anthology, DC are numero uno in the inclusion in comics role. With this week’s release of Festival Of Heroes #01, DC are honouring their Asian hero community with an astonishing anthology spotlighting classic characters such as Katana, Cassandra Cain and Kong Kenan.
DC Festival Of Heroes features eleven separate tales, commencing with a Mariko Tamaki and Marcus To story focusing on former Batgirl, Cassandra Cain. Following on from this we find ourselves in the shoes of Green Lantern – Tai Pham, by Minh Le, and Trung Le Nguyen, with a fantastic coming of age drama. Aniz Ansari and Sami Basri reunite us with curmudgeonly Robin – Damian Wayne, with a wonderful short story about family and tradition, and Greg Pak, Sumit Kumar and Jordie Bellaire unite to weave a tantalising team up between Green Arrow and Chinese Superman – Kong Kenan. Other notable heroes involved in this fabulous one-shot include Katana, Atom – Ryan Choi, and the introduction of a new DC hero – Monkey Prince by Gene Yang and Bernard Chang, closely modelled upon Sun Wukong, the monkey king from the Chinese myth – Journey To The West.
DC Festival Of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration is another glorious anthology by the comic-book giant that celebrates it’s long history with diversity and inclusivity. A dynamic and dazzling digest dedicated to their wide range of Asian heroes, that also pays respect to the wealth of amazing Asian writers, artists, colourists and letterers working in the comic-book medium today, with terrific talent like Mariko Tamaki, Jim Lee and Bernard Chang. Highly recommended.