Comic Review: DC Festival of Heroes #1: The Asian Superhero Celebration (DC Comics)

One hundred pages of Asian Superheroes is a pretty massive helping, in DC Comics’ Festival Of Heroes, The Asian Superhero Celebration. Ages 13+ will thrill to see the antics, acrobatics […]

One hundred pages of Asian Superheroes is a pretty massive helping, in DC Comics’ Festival Of Heroes, The Asian Superhero Celebration.

Ages 13+ will thrill to see the antics, acrobatics and interrelationships in this comic book assembly. It’s Asian Heritage Month, and the dim sum carts are wheeling our way! Characters include Cassandra Cain, Katana, Green Lantern Tai Pham, the Atom, Dana Tan (a.k.a. Batman Beyond), Red Arrow, Lady Shiva, Damian Wayne and the al Ghul clan, New Super-Man, plus Monkey Prince and Cheshire Cat!

The list of creators is immense, and the talented writers include: Amy Chu, Dustin Nguyen, Ram V, Gene Luen Yang. Artists include Bernard Chang, Marcus To, and Trung Le Nguyen. Too many to fully credit here, plus colourists and letterers.

Ten stories in all, ranging from three pages and up. There is a lot of cultural pride on display throughout the stories, with many of them highlighting favourite food recipes. This book will make you hunger for more diversity in your menu!

One of my favourites in the issue is: Masks, by Ram V, Audrey Mok, and Jordie Bellaire. Cheshire Cat finds her way, clawing through some bad times, and slinking toward mentorship. Nicely paced, beautifully wistful, drawn in dramatic fashion.
Also especially effective is Dress Code, written by Mink Le and illustrated by Trung Le Nguyen. Beautifully realized in only three pages, a tale of shape, shadow, and colour. Standing its ground during tough times, showing strength of character and culture.

DC Comics, DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration 2021, $9.99 for 83 pages of content, Teen

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