Comic Review: The Good Asian #2 (Image Comics)

Issue two of The Good Asian gets really good! We’ve already been introduced to the key characters and the timeline (1936) and locale in issue one, so we’re all good […]

Issue two of The Good Asian gets really good! We’ve already been introduced to the key characters and the timeline (1936) and locale in issue one, so we’re all good to go!

Pornsak Pichetshote (Infidel, etc) gives us Film Noir in comic book format, as investigator Edison Hark overcomes his scars and follows in the footsteps of an Asian killer. The Chinatown location, the wide wide variety of Chinese Asians (Orientals, as they were called then) from all walks of life, the continual song and dance about the new life in America, all these myriad elements mix and mingle to the crime-filled beat of the panels, the pages.

Artists Alexandre Tefenkgi and Lee Loughridge (along with various cover variant artists) sow the seed of discontent with their epic depictions of life in Chinatown. The smooth and gracious political types, the rough and tumble racists, the police, the distrust, the rust, the organized crime. The colours, the shapes, the shadows are all so complimentary here, the art working hand and glove in supporting the story. A seamy seamless rendering of life in the noir days of the dirty thirties.

In addition to the crime drama The Good Asian, the comic includes an essay on The Chinese Exclusion Act and Angel Island, the shameful accounts of discrimination and prejudice in California. The historical accounts include photos.

Image Comics, The Good Asian #2, $3.99 for 26 pages of story content. Mature

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!