A Bunch Of Asian Superheroes Are Teaming Up And People Are Excited
What a damn gorgeous alliance.
Last week, comic book writer Greg Pak shared a preview of Totally Awesome Hulk #15, which is due out later this month.
In case you aren't familiar with the characters, that’s Shang-Chi, who sometimes hangs out with Iron Fist, Amadeus Cho (the current Hulk), Cindy Moon (Silk), and Kamala Khan (Ms Marvel) – all Asian superheroes, teaming up together in one issue
Pak suggested this might be the largest gathering of Asian superheroes in one issue. He also teased at appearances from S.H.I.E.L.D agents Jimmy Woo and Jake Oh in another upcoming issue.
The diverse nature of the issue has been met with huge amounts of praise.
Many have pointed out that the cover art, by Korean artist Stonehouse, really compliments the feel of the issue.
Others have praised writer Greg Pak for creating a space where Asian superheroes can team up.
Other recent issues of Totally Awesome Hulk, also written by Pak, featured Asian American basketball player Jeremy Lin.
Speaking to BuzzFeed News, Pak said that he felt compelled to bring some of Marvel's Asian characters together based on his own experience of hanging with Asian friends.
"Over the years, I've had tons of dinners and karaoke sessions with fellow Asian American friends and colleagues at various comic conventions and film festivals where we get real and real ridiculous and everything in between," he said. "And I found myself thinking that the Asian American heroes in the Marvel Universe would probably hang out like that every once in a while, right? So what would they do and say? What kinds of bonding and what kinds of conflict would arise? And then what would happen if the other shoe dropped and they had to go straight from a night out to a massive superhero adventure?"