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The Good Asian #1 is Getting a Second Printing

The hot new series The Good Asian by bestselling Infidel writer Pornsak Pichetshote and fan-favorite artist Alexandre Tefenkgi has sold out at the distributor level and is being fast-tracked by Image Comics for a reprint.

The series was originally announced as a nine issue miniseries, but due to the overwhelming success of the comic—and an abundance of story yet to be explored—it will be extended into a ten issue run.

This meticulously researched new series from Pichetshote and Tefenkgi explores race through a genre lens and has been a particularly timely read for fans in search of content to support during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

The Good Asian introduces readers to main character Edison Hark—a haunted, self-loathing Chinese-American detective—on the trail of a killer in 1936 Chinatown. The Good Asian is Chinatown noir starring the generation of Americans to come of age under America’s first immigration ban—the Chinese Exclusion Act—as they’re besieged by rampant murders, abusive police, and a world that seemingly never changes.

The Good Asian #1, second printing (Diamond Code APR218630) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, June 16.

The Good Asian #1 2nd printing

The Good Asian comic with creators Pornsak Pichetshote and Alexandre Tefenkgi

Policing and the model minority myth are deconstructed through a noir genre lens in this hardboiled detective series created by today’s guests, Pornsak Pichetshote and Alexandre Tefenkgi.

A new Image Comics series, The Good Asian stars detective Edison Hark—a haunted Chinese-American detective—on the trail of a killer in 1936 San Francisco’s Chinatown. The series explores Chinese American identity, US immigration policy and the brutal contradictions inherent in being the first Chinese American cop when the target of his policing is inevitably his own community. It’s also a beautifully drawn piece of historical fiction and an exciting mystery.

My guests are:

Pornsak Pichetshote is a writer for comics and TV. He wrote the critically acclaimed horror comic hit INFIDEL that was featured on NPR’s best horror stories of all time. In TV, he’s written for the shows Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, Light as a Feather, and Two Sentence Horror Stories.

Alexandre Tefenkgi is the acclaimed artist of European comics and graphic albums as well as the critically acclaimed Skybound book Outpost Zero by Sean McKeever. Born in Africa and raised in France, he’s an artist of Vietnamese descent.

The series’ colorist is Lee Loughridge and letterer is Jeff Powell.

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Review: The Good Asian #1

The Good Asian #1

The Good Asian introduces readers to main character Edison Hark—a haunted, self-loathing Chinese-American detective—on the trail of a killer in 1936 Chinatown. The Good Asian #1 brilliantly mixes a noir detective story with real-world history involving immigration bans and the rampant racism that plagued the time.

I personally love pulp detective stories. There’s a great balance of cheese, tropes, action, mystery, and sexy when done right. A great story will often feel like something is spiraling out of control as the detective gets dragged further into the mystery. The Good Asian #1 is just one issue but writer Pornsak Pichetshote does a fantastic job of touching upon a lot of those things and gets us the expected spiral.

But what Pichetshote does even better is work in real world history.

The Good Asian #1 is an amazing start in how “authentic” it is. It uses American history to help shape and drive the narrative. It uses that real history to present the issues facing the Asian-American community at that time. The issue reminds us of the blatant racism practiced out in the open and with acceptance. It’s a hard issue to read. The words used made me cringe. But it’s reality. Grant Din helped shape that realism as the historical consultant on the series.

The laws were real. The racism was rampant. Places like Angel Island existed. The comic even uses real transcripts from Angel Island as part of its dialogue. This is a comic that not only wants to deliver a solid detective story but wants to do so in an authentic way. It takes the rather troubling history of Asian crimesolvers and updates it with a more historically accurate take. The racism isn’t in the characters, it’s what’s said to those characters and how they’re treated. But, it doesn’t forget at its heart the comic is about a mystery that needs to be solved and all that comes with the investigation.

Alexandre Tefenkgi handles the art with Lee Loughridge on color and Jeff Powell on lettering. It does a great job in that respect with nailing the gritty look I’d expect in this sort of detective story. The colors are kept to a minimal with blues, orangers, purples, and reds used to emphasize the world. It’s a beautiful look and perfect style to match the story. The lettering is done so well as the characters slip between English and Chinese. A simple shape of the speech bubble differentiates between the two and is such a simple way to handle what could be an overwhelming thing if done other ways.

The Good Asian #1 is a fantastic comic. You can enjoy it for its detective story alone. But, it’s the details that really build out the issue and series. It has an authenticity about it that feels like it props up its main story. It’s a hard comic to read at times with the racism thrown around, but that adds to the authenticity. This is a comic for fans that love a good noir story to chew on or like a little bit of history in what they read. A hell of a start.

Story: Pornsak Pichetshote Art: Alexandre Tefenkgi
Color: Lee Loughridge Letter: Jeff Powell
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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DC Reveals New Details for DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration

DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration, is an incredible anthology spotlighting DC’s past, present and even future Asian superheroes, featuring some of the most dynamic Asian storytellers in and out of comics. Featuring an incredible cover by the team of DC Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee, and colorist Alex Sinclair, this anthology includes a foreword by activist and CNN and WSJ Online contributor Jeff Yang, a selection of tribute pinups of DC’s Asian superheroes, plus an awesome variant cover featuring Cassandra Cain by artist Stanley “Artgerm” Lau.

A New Hero: Monkey Prince!
DC Festival of Heroes will treat readers to the first appearance of an all-new character, the Monkey Prince. Debuting in a story written by award-winning writer Gene Luen Yang (Superman Smashes the Klan, Batman/Superman, New Super-Man) with art by Bernard Chang (Teen Titans, Batman Beyond), Monkey Prince is inspired by the Monkey King, legendary hero of Chinese mythology and the classic tale Journey to the West. In Yang and Chang’s original 12-page story, “The Monkey Prince Hates Superheroes,” Monkey Prince battles and teams up with Shazam to defeat both the evil Dr. Sivana and a Chinese deer demon spirit! To further celebrate this new superhero, the anthology will receive a special Monkey Prince 1 in 25 variant cover by Bernard Chang (check local comic book stores for availability).

Additional stories include:
“Masks” – Ram V, writer of CatwomanJustice League Dark, and The Swamp Thing, teams up with Audrey Mok, the artist of Sera and the Royal Stars, to tell a story featuring Jade Nguyen, a.k.a. Cheshire. Tying into V’s Catwoman run, Selina Kyle’s protégé Shoes has visions of being rescued as a child by Cheshire. Shoes takes these visions as a sign, donning a mask, taking the name “Cheshire Cat,” and asking Selina Kyle to train her. But is Catwoman ready to take on a sidekick?

“Sounds” – Detective Comics writer and Eisner Award winner Mariko Tamaki (Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass) and artist Marcus To team up to tell a story featuring Cassandra Cain, a.k.a. Batgirl. Batgirl struggles to understand words, but with her ability to read body language and uncanny fighting skills, she really doesn’t have to…until she meets someone and wishes that she had the right words—ANY words—to say to them!

“What’s in the Box?” – Cassandra Cain steps into the spotlight once more, but this time with Colin Wilkes, a.k.a. Abuse (who first appeared in Detective Comics #947, October 2008), courtesy of words and art by Dustin Nguyen. Abuse finds Batgirl sitting by a bridge, upset by a comment made by Damian Wayne.

“Dress Code” – Green Lantern Tai Pham makes his first comic book debut in this story by Green Lantern: Legacy writer Minh Lê with artist Trung Le Nguyen. Green Lantern is fighting with Arkillo, and the villain taunts him for his costume “looking like a dress.” This reminds Tai of a memory with his dead grandmother who he inherited his powers from.

“Festival of Heroes” – In a story by writer Amy Chu and artist Marcio Takara influenced by current headlines, Katana, Cyborg, and Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes) are asked to safeguard an Asian American and Pacific Islander community celebration against potential violence from a white supremacist group. But the heroes are quickly reminded that you don’t need capes, masks, or even special abilities to be a hero.

“Hawke & Kong” – Writer Greg Pak and artist Sumit Kumar team up on a story spotlighting the return of onetime Green Arrow Connor Hawke and Kong Kenan, also known as New Super-Man. Connor and Kenan need to do some quick thinking when a gift for Connor’s Korean aunt gets damaged in a battle with a dragon!

“Special Delivery” – Master of None writer Aniz Ansari makes his comic book debut with artist Sami Basri in this story featuring Robin (Damian Wayne). As Robin ponders about his heritage, he slowly discovers that something about this pizza place seems off…

“Kawaii Kalamity!” – Shadow of the Batgirl writer Sarah Kuhn and illustrator Victoria Ying (Diana: Princess of the Amazons) tell a story about Red Arrow’s reluctance of enjoying “kawaii” things because of people’s general assumptions of what she likes simply based on her Japanese heritage.

“Family Dinner” – Amazon juggernaut Grace Choi has to meet her girlfriend Anissa Pierce’s dad for dinner. But when your girlfriend is Thunder, that means meeting the parents is that much more stressful because her father is Black Lightning!

“Perceptible” – The Good Asian duo of Pornsak Pichetshote (writer) and Alexandre Tefenkgi (artist) tell a tale featuring The Atom (Ryan Choi) trying to defeat a microscopic robot sent from the future…to save our reality as we know it!

This 100-page commemorative anthology is a great way to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, awesome storytelling, and DC’s Super Heroes when it arrives in comic book stores and on participating digital platforms on Tuesday, May 11, 2021.

The Good Asian is a Noir Mystery Exploring Race

Bestselling Infidel writer Pornsak Pichetshote will join fan-favorite artist Alexandre Tefenkgi for an all-new miniseries in The Good Asian. This nine-issue noir mystery will launch from Image Comics in May 2021.

Similar to the lauded series Infidel, this meticulously researched new series from Pichetshote and Tefenkgi explores race through a genre lens and is scheduled to hit shelves in time for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

The Good Asian introduces readers to main character Edison Hark—a haunted, self-loathing Chinese-American detective—on the trail of a killer in 1936 Chinatown. The Good Asian is Chinatown noir starring the generation of Americans to come of age under America’s first immigration ban—the Chinese Exclusion Act—as they’re besieged by rampant murders, abusive police, and a world that seemingly never changes.

The Good Asian #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, May 5.

The Good Asian #1

Review: Outpost Zero #1

Welcome to Outpost Zero, the smallest town in the universe. The people there work the land, go to the fights every Friday night, and tuck their children into bed-but the Outpost is no place for dreams or aspirations. To survive is ambitious enough. As Alea and her friends graduate to adulthood on a frozen world never meant to support human life, something stirs. Something sees…

Outpost Zero #1 is a prime example of how to world build in such a very short amount of time. Written by Sean Kelley McKeever, the series focuses on a distant town within a bubble on a frozen alien world. We learn of their arrival, tragedy, how it all works, and the characters within quickly and in such a way that’s entertaining and makes you want to come back for more.

What’s interesting is how the threat that’s coming builds. The story, you expect to go one way, but by the end it veers in another direction that’s unexpected. Yes, the comic has a Snowpiercer like vibe about it, but it has more than enough uniqueness that makes it stand out from that modern classic of a series.

But, what McKeever does that’s really impressive is gives us a bunch of characters that feel like they may be as home in Riverdale as they are on an alien world in a dome city. There’s nothing particularly sci-fi about the series in that it feels really normal in a way. An issue in and it all feels natural and that’s a good thing as it creates the focus on the characters and their interactions as opposed to some out there sci-fi plot… but that may be coming.

The art by Alexandre Tefenkgi with color by Jean-Francois Beaulieu is really good with each character being very unique with lots of personality just in their look. But, there’s also subtle body language that tells the reader about what’s going on as much as the dialogue itself. It’s a great example of show, don’t tell. That applies to Outpost Zero itself where we get a sense of what’s happened through all of the detail added throughout, a crack here and there tells us more than some extraneous dialogue.

This might be a story about an alien world where a dome may fail and everyone dies from freezing to death, but it also stars characters who are focused on what’s next in their lives and what their role in society will be… and relationships with each other. As I said, put this in any-town America and the story could work, even the freezing weather aspect. There’s a grounded aspect to it all that makes it stand out as a series I can’t wait to read more of.

Story: Sean Kelley McKeever Art: Alexandre Tefenkgi Color: Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Aces Weekly Asks You to Pick a Card, Any Card

Aces Weekly, the on-line comic magazine, founded in 2012 by David Lloyd and Bambos Georgiou, has announced the release of a set of collectible “trading cards”, which give purchasers access to volumes of the award-winning publication.

Each of the ten cards features an image from a specific volume on one side and a unique code on the other, which allows access to that volume. Volumes feature at least six different stories spanning seven issues and are often over 200 pages in length.

The cards are limited editions of 100 per volume, and are available from direct sales comic shops retailing for £6.99 for one card.

The first ten volumes feature a stellar line-up of established talent such as David Lloyd,  Herb Trimpe, Marc Hempel, Henry Flint, James Hudnall, Val Mayerik, JC Vaughn, Mark Wheatley, Phil Hester, John McCrea, Yishan Li, Algesiras, Alain Mauricet, Alexandre Tefenkgi, Roger Langridge, Dan Christensen, Kev Hopgood, Ferg Handley, Dave Hine, Shaky Kane, Keith Burns, Lew Stringer, Carl Critchlow, Phil Elliott, Lew Stringer, Stephen Baskerville, Jim Hansen, Mychailo Kazybrid, David Leach, Batton Lash, Jimmy Broxton and Bambos Georgiou.

Aces Weekly has also managed to launch plenty of breakout creators during those first ten volumes, including Paul McCaffrey, David Hitchcock, Ben Dickson, Gavin Mitchell, Esteban Hernandez, Kathryn Layno, Jok, Santullo, Rachael Smith and Lawrence Beveridge of the Fearless Vampire Killers, to name but a few.

The cards feature the following artist;

Volume 1 David Lloyd
Volume 2 Henry Flint
Volume 3 Marc Hempel
Volume 4 Herb Trimpe
Volume 5 Shaky Kane
Volume 6 Roger Langridge
Volume 7 Nardo Conforti
Volume 8 Paul McCaffrey
Volume 9 Val Mayerik
Volume 10 Keith Burns

Comic shops can obtain wholesale prices and order sets of cards by contacting Bambos Georgiou at info@acesweekly.co.uk

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