Infidel writer Pornsak Pichetshote and artist Alexandre Tefenkgi (Outpost Zero) are teaming up for The Good Asian, a new miniseries that is both an homage to hardboiled detective stories and an exploration of race. It’s out in May just in time for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Lee Loughridge provides the colors.
As can be seen from the preview pages included, this is a great looking book that will appeal to mystery fans and those who want to explore another deeply researched story about the Asian-American experience. Definitely adding this to my can’t wait list.
“The Good Asian isn’t just writing what I want to read—it’s writing what I want to exist: a story incorporating the Asian American history unacknowledged in textbooks to make a thriller that’s just as much about gangland murders, lust, and plot twists, as it is about immigration bans, police brutality, and Asian American identity,” said Pichetshote in the debut interview on CBR.
The Good Asian stars detective Edison Hark—a haunted, self-loathing Chinese-American detective—on the trail of a killer in 1936 Chinatown. This noir tale is set against 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.
Tefenkgi told CBR: “From Vietnamese descent, born in Africa and raised in France, I’ve always felt that I was somewhere in between different communities. One foot inside, the other outside, the narrative can easily become complex. That’s why this book has a special resonance to me.”
The Good Asian #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, May 5, but it already has strong blurbs.
“With snappy period dialogue and deftly engaging art, Pornsak And Alex have crafted a gripping and authentic crime story from an Asian-American POV. This is the book I’ve been waiting for.” —Cliff Chiang, Paper Girls
“Edison Hark immediately joins the ranks of Phillip Marlowe and Sam Spade in a smart, classic noir drenched in style and history.” —James Tynion IV, The Department Of Truth, Batman
“Like any good noir, a sense of dread hangs off every page of The Good Asian, a brittle story that takes place during an unfamiliar time in our history that is tragically all too familiar now in our present.” —Brian Azzarello, 100 Bullets, Moonshine