The new DC Festival of Heroes – The Asian Superhero Celebration anthology comic aims to do exactly what its title implies, arriving on May 11 to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
The comic book one-shot will span 96 pages, featuring work from a long list of writers and artists, including writers Gene Luen Yang, Mariko Tamaki, Minh Lê, Ram V, Greg Pak, Dustin Nguyen, Amy Chu, Alyssa Wong, among others; as well as artists Bernard Chang, Marcio Takara, Dustin Nguyen, Trung Le Nguyen, Francis Manapul, Marcus To, Sean Chen, Sumit Kumar, among others as well. The book will also include portraits by Cliff Chiang, Jim Cheung, Jae Lee, Jen Bartel, Kevin Wada, Philip Tan, and Gurihiru. It has a retail price of $9.99, with cover art by Jim Lee and Alex Sinclair, and a variant by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau.
DC Festival of Heroes features some really interesting story concepts. Ram V., for example, will unveil how the character Shoes became Catwoman’s protege, with a story that reveals her real name, origin, and parentage. This makes sense, of course, given that Ram V. is currently writing DC’s ongoing Catwoman series.
Elsewhere in Gotham, writer Mariko Tamaki — who is soon to be writing Detective Comics — is penning a new Cassandra Cain story, while Minh Lê — the writer behind the YA graphic novel, Green Lantern: Legacy — will team up with Trung Le Nguyen for a story featuring Vietnamese American Tai Pham, DC’s newest Green Lantern co-created by Lê and Green Lantern: Legacy artist Andie Tong. This marks Nguyen’s first work with DC Comics ever, with Nguyen having broken out last year with the absolutely incredible coming-of-age graphic novel, The Magic Fish.
Finally, in a story DC’s press release describes as “the main event”, Gene Luen Yang will team with Bernard Chang on a story that commemorates the month. Other shorts in the anthology will involve characters like Katana, Lady Shiva, the Atom, and New Super-Man.
Full solicit info, along with the main cover for the book, can be found below…enjoy!
DC FESTIVAL OF HEROES: The Asian Superhero Celebration
Written by Gene Luen Yang, Mariko Tamaki, Minh Lê,Ram V, Greg Pak, Dustin Nguyen, Amy Chu, Alyssa Wong and friends!
Drawn by Bernard Chang, Marcio Takara, Dustin Nguyen, Trung Le Nguyen, Francis Manapul, Marcus To, Sean Chen, Sumit Kumar and others!
Portraits by Cliff Chiang, Jim Cheung, Jae Lee, Jen Bartel, Kevin Wada, Philip Tan, Gurihiru and more!
Cover by Jim Lee with Alex Sinclair
Variant Cover by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau
On Sale 5/11/21
Grab your favorite boba and pull a chair up to the dim sum table as we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with all your favorite Asian DC characters, old and new! Join 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, and more as we present new tales of these characters from their thrilling history! Plus, Cheshire Cat’s relationship to Cheshire is revealed as Shoes asks Selina Kyle to take her under her wing as Catgirl. And that’s just the start!