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The Shadow Hero: The tale of the first ever Asian superhero


Turtle power: The Green Turtle gets all hot under the collar. Oh wait, his costume doesn’t have a collar...

Turtle power: The Green Turtle gets all hot under the collar. Oh wait, his costume doesn’t have a collar...

Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew’s graphic novel is a fascinating retelling of an almost forgotten character.

QUICK, off the top of your head, how many Asian superheroes can you think of? I got as far as Sunfire, Jubilee, Lady Deathstrike and Shang-Chi, before dredging up Cicakman and realising that compared to heroes of other, er, ethnic groups, there aren’t that many Asian ones after all.

   

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