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Review: Marvel’s Voices: Identity #1

Marvel Voices Identity #1

As a child growing up, I yearned to see myself in the entertainment I enjoyed. I remembered watching TV and movies and rarely saw an Asian face. When we did show up, we were mostly background players. Thankfully, I had Kung Fu Theater, but most of those movies came off cartoonish and were made in the 1960s and 1970s.

Fast forward to today and we are getting our first Asian superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while along the way, strides have been made across all media. We have had three Asian centered television shows to grace. We also have a boom of Asian creativity across the Diasporas that have never been seen before. On the precipice of the Shang Chi movie being released, Marvel has released the one-shot, Marvel’s Voices Identity #1, where the House Of Ideas showcase some of their greatest heroes which just so happens to be Asian.

In “What Is Vs What If”, Shang Chi is challenged by the alternate version of himself if chose not defy his father. In “That One Thing”, Jubilee visits her parents’ graves and revisits her childhood through memories. In “Jimmy Woo 1959”, Jimmy uses his genius to help an alien that almost gets killed by an Army battalion. In “Seeing Red”, Kamala Khan while visiting family helps the local hero in Karachi. In “Personal Heroes”, Wave fights a water monster in her hometown with a hero she idolizes, Bishop. In “Singular/Plural”, Silhouette agonizes over the dating scene, blaming her disability for meeting eligible men, but one encounter, leads her to realize she needs to step out of her own shadow. In “Traditional Pink Sushi”, Armor and Silver Samurai, argue over how to make sushi and eventually realizes traditions are something to be renewed. In the last story,” New York State of Mind”, Silk and Amadeus Cho gets their day off interrupted, as they get into a fight the scarecrow on top of the Statue of Liberty.

Overall, Marvel’s Voices Identity #1 is an entertaining set of stories which not only highlight these heroes but also the excellent creators. The stories by the different creators are wondrous. The art by the different artists are beautiful. Altogether, Marvel’s Voices Identity #1 is a comics which introduces readers to these heroes and these talented creators.

Story: Gene Luen Yang, Christina Strain, Maurene Goo, Greg Pak, Sabir Pirzada, Jeremy Holt, Alyssa Wong, Ken Niimura
Art: Marcus To, Sunny Gho, Jason Loo, Lynne Yoshii, Sebastian Cheng, Creees Lee, Brian Reber, Darren Shan, Mashal Ahmed, Neeraj Menon, Alti Firmansyah, Irma Kniivila, Whilce Portacio, Jay David Ramos, Ken Niimura
Story: 10 Story: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Silk #5 (of 5)

Silk #5 (of 5)

(W) Maurene Goo (A) Takeshi Miyazawa (CA) R
Rated T
In Shops: Aug 04, 2021
SRP: $3.99

ENTER THE DEMON!
• It all comes down to this!!!
• Silk has one chance to stop Kasha from unleashing an ancient demon god!
• She’ll have to join forces with an unlikely ally to do it.
• And some shocking revelations turn Silk’s world upside-down!

Silk #5 (of 5)

Marvel Reveals New Covers by Marvel’s Voices: Identity #1

On August 25th, Marvel will celebrate its most legendary Asian superheroes in Marvel’s Voices: Identity #1! The latest in a far-reaching lineup of one-shots designed to uplift marginalized voices and celebrate the diversity of Marvel Comics’ characters and creators, Marvel’s Voices: Identity #1 will be a thrilling collection of uplifting adventures starring Shang-Chi, Jubilee, Silk, Jimmy Woo, Ms. Marvel, Wave, Silhouette, Armor, and Silver Samurai. This highly anticipated issue will also boast a series of exciting new variant covers by an all-star lineup of artists including Peach Momoko’s spellbinding take on Nico Minoru, a gorgeous depiction of Marvel’s greatest fighter by InHyuk Lee, a celebration of some of mutantkind’s greatest stars by Uncanny X-Men artist Philip Tan, and covers by Mashal Ahmed and Rian Gonzales with a main cover by Jim Cheung.

Writers include Gene Luen Yang, Christina Strain, Maurene Goo, Greg Pak, Sabir Pirzada, Alyssa Wong, Jeremy Holt, and Ken Niimura. Artists include Marcus To, Jason Loo, Lynne Yoshii, Crees Lee, Mashal Ahmed, Whilce Portacio, Alti Firmansyah, and Ken Niimura.

Check out all six covers now and visit Marvel.com for a special sneak peek at the stories that await you when Marvel’s Voices: Identity #1 hits stands on August 25th!

Preview: Silk #4 (of 5)

Silk #4 (of 5)

(W) Maurene Goo (A) Takeshi Miyazawa (CA) Pyeong Jun Park
32 PGS./Rated T
In Shops: Jun 23, 2021
SRP: $3.99

INTERVIEW WITH AN EVIL CYBORG!
• Silk learns the truth about Saya Ishii from a chat with Silvermane!
• But he’s not about to let her live to tell the tale…
• Meanwhile, Saya goes toe-to-claw with the cat demon, Kasha!

Silk #4 (of 5)

Marvel’s Voices: Identity #1 Celebrates Asian Superheroes

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Marvel has announced that this summer will see the launch of a brand-new Marvel’s Voices one-shot spotlighting some of the most legendary Asian superheroes: Marvel’s Voices: Identity #1! This thrilling issue will take readers across the Marvel Universe with a collection of tales written and drawn by new and established Asian creators. Following in the footsteps of the mega-popular Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices and Marvel’s Voices: Legacy, Marvel’s Voices: Identity #1 will continue the tradition of featuring inspiring and uplifting stories reflecting “the world outside your window.” These new stories will celebrate Marvel’s ongoing, ever-expanding representation of the vastness of all Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Island cultures and identities including South Korean, Chinese, and more.

The giant-sized one-shot will be full action-packed of stories told in the Mighty Marvel Manner! Eisner Award-winning writer Gene Luen Yang continues his groundbreaking work on the Shang-Chi mythos in an all-new tale with artist Marcus To. Get ready for some fireworks when Generation X writer Christina Strain and artist Jason Loo catch up with everyone’s favorite mutant mallrat Jubilee. Greg Pak takes secret agent Jimmy Woo on another hair-raising mission that will mark the Marvel Comics debut of artist Creees Lee. Also new to Marvel, artist Lynee Yoshii joins critically acclaimed Maurene Goo to weave another unpredictable adventure in the saga of Silk. Plus, an amazing tale starring Ms. Marvel drawn by Mashal Ahmed and some bonus surprises that will be announced at a later date.

Check out Jim Cheung’s cover below and stay tuned for more information on Marvel’s Voices: Identity #1 including new story details, variant covers, and more!

Preview: Silk #3 (of 5)

Silk #3 (of 5)

(W) Maurene Goo (A) Takeshi Miyazawa (CA) Woo Chul Lee
Rated T
In Shops: May 12, 2021
SRP: $3.99

• What is the connection between gangland murders, a cat demon, and a futuristic tech company?
• While Silk unravels the mystery, more people are getting hurt.
• A perilous meeting with tech CEO Saya Ishii brings Silk one step closer to the truth!
• And a classic Spider-Man villain sets his sights on Silk!

Silk #3 (of 5)

Preview: Silk #2 (of 5)

Silk #2 (of 5)

(W) Maurene Goo (A) Takeshi Miyazawa (CA) Inhyuk Lee
Rated T
In Shops: Apr 28, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Someone is killing gangsters in Queens, leaving behind a trail of blood and…fur?

Now Silk has to protect these low-level criminals from a bigger, nastier villain.

Can she use her sleuthing skills to figure out who’s behind it all and stop them before it’s too late?

Silk #2 (of 5)

Preview: Silk #1 (of 5)

Silk #1 (of 5)

(W) Maurene Goo (A) Takeshi Miyazawa (CA) Stonehouse
Rated T
In Shops: Mar 31, 2021
SRP: $3.99

By day Cindy Moon is an intrepid reporter for the upstart new media empire Threats & Menaces under her old boss, J. Jonah Jameson. By night, she’s Silk, crime fighting super hero! But those worlds are about to collide, as an investigation into a series of gangland murders puts Silk and everyone she loves in danger! Who is this powerful new player in New York’s underworld, where did she come from, and what is she doing with that strange cat demon? It will take all of Cindy’s prowess as reporter and hero to find the answers…and stay alive! Written by Maurene Goo (I Believe in a Thing Called Love) and drawn by Takeshi Miyazawa (RUNAWAYS, GHOST SPIDER), Cindy is on assignment, and nothing can stop her!

Silk #1 (of 5)

Silk Returns in March with writer Maurene Goo and artist Takeshi Miyazawa

Silk’s newest solo series, written by acclaimed novelist Maurene Goo and drawn by superstar artist Takeshi Miyazawa, will make its long-awaited debut this March! Back in 2014, Silk took the comic book world by storm when readers learned that Peter Parker wasn’t the only one who was bitten by the radioactive spider in Amazing Fantasy #15. Equipped with unique spider powers of her own, Silk quickly proved to be one of Marvel’s most fascinating new heroes and will now embark on thrilling new adventures packed with action, drama, and surprising new threats.

By day, Cindy Moon works as an intrepid reporter for the upstart new media empire, Threats & Menaces, under her old boss, J. Jonah Jameson. By night, she’s Silk, crime fighting super hero! But those worlds are about to collide as an investigation into a series of gangland murders puts Silk and everyone she loves in danger. Who is this powerful new player in New York’s underworld, where did she come from, and what is she doing with that strange cat demon? It will take all of Cindy’s prowess as reporter and hero to find the answers…and stay alive!

Don’t miss a beat of the latest saga of Cindy Moon when Silk #1 swings into comic shops in March with a cover by Stonehouse!

Silk

Cindy Moon Returns in Silk #1 in July by Maurene Goo and Takeshi Miyazawa

Back in 2014, the world learned that Peter Parker wasn’t the only one who was bitten by the radioactive spider in Amazing Fantasy #15. Equipped with spider powers of her own, Cindy Moon took the Marvel Universe by storm as the beloved super hero Silk! Just announced at C2E2, Silk will weave a new web this July, filled with ruthless new villains including the cat demon Kasha as Cindy takes on a new investigative reporter gig under the one and only J. Jonah Jameson.

Acclaimed novelist Maurene Goo makes her grand foray into comic books alongside superstar artist Takeshi Miyazawa to deliver a thrilling series that will pack action, heart, and relevatory insights about the character. Cindy’s new mission will quickly turn as personal as it is deadly and prove Silk to be one of Marvel’s most dynamic and intriguing heroes.

Don’t miss a beat of the latest adventures of Cindy Moon when Silk #1 swings into comic shops in July featuring a cover by Stonehouse!

Silk #1
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