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Grab your favorite boba and pull a chair up to the dim sum table as we celebrate Asian 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 chara Grab your favorite boba and pull a chair up to the dim sum table as we celebrate Asian 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 Cat Girl. And that’s just the start!


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Grab your favorite boba and pull a chair up to the dim sum table as we celebrate Asian 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 chara Grab your favorite boba and pull a chair up to the dim sum table as we celebrate Asian 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 Cat Girl. And that’s just the start!

30 review for DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration #1

  1. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    This was a ton of fun. While most stories last only a few pages we got to see so many Asian superheroes kicking butt. There's a lot of strong stories, mostly anything with Cass was wonderful, the story with Conner was super cute, and I really enjoyed all the little side stories throughout. The monkey king one was fun but a little let down overall on that one. But yeah if you love Asian superheroes this is a great celebration issue to grab. This was a ton of fun. While most stories last only a few pages we got to see so many Asian superheroes kicking butt. There's a lot of strong stories, mostly anything with Cass was wonderful, the story with Conner was super cute, and I really enjoyed all the little side stories throughout. The monkey king one was fun but a little let down overall on that one. But yeah if you love Asian superheroes this is a great celebration issue to grab.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jena

    4.5/5, but rounded up for GR. This is definitely one of my favorite oversized collection that I've read from DC in recent years. It features a lot of characters and authors I really like. Even if you're not super familiar with any of the characters, it's written in a way that's pretty enjoyable regardless. (Also since when has Lian Harper been un-deadened?? That was a very pleasant surprise) 4.5/5, but rounded up for GR. This is definitely one of my favorite oversized collection that I've read from DC in recent years. It features a lot of characters and authors I really like. Even if you're not super familiar with any of the characters, it's written in a way that's pretty enjoyable regardless. (Also since when has Lian Harper been un-deadened?? That was a very pleasant surprise)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration is a collection of eleven comic vignettes that celebrates Asian Heritage Month. This anthology collects eleven vignettes written and illustrated by a myriad of Asian writers and pencillers with seven pin-ups. This anthology is divided into eleven vignettes with each story centering on a specific Asian superhero. It starts off with a wonderful introduction from Jeff Yang and then devlves into the stories. Characters focused on are: Cassandra C DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration is a collection of eleven comic vignettes that celebrates Asian Heritage Month. This anthology collects eleven vignettes written and illustrated by a myriad of Asian writers and pencillers with seven pin-ups. This anthology is divided into eleven vignettes with each story centering on a specific Asian superhero. It starts off with a wonderful introduction from Jeff Yang and then devlves into the stories. Characters focused on are: Cassandra Cain as Batgirl, Tai Pham as Green Lantern, Conner Hawke as Green Arrow with Keanan Kong as Super-Man, Damian Wayne as Robin, Lian Harper as Cheshire Cat, Grace Choi, Emiko Queen as Red Arrow, Tatsu Toro as Katana, Ryan Choi as The Atom, and brand new character in the Monkey Prince. Additionally there are seven pin-up posters: Connor Hawke/Traci 13 by Cliff Chang, Talia & Ra’s al Ghul with Batman by Jae Lee with June Chung, Karate Kid/DragonMage by Philip Tan with Sebastian Cheng, Eugen CHoi Shazam/Robin/Jai & Iris West/Roundhouse by Gurihiru, Swamp Thing (Levi Kamei) by Francis Manapul, Lady Shiva & Chesire by Kevin Wada and Jen Bartel, and a Festival of Heroes by Jime Cheung with Romulo Fajardo Jr. Furthermore at the end, there are character bios of Asian superhero and supervillians: Ryan Choi as The Atom, Cassandra Cain as Batgirl, Jade Nguyen as Cheshire, Lian “Shoes” Harper as Cheshire Cat, Ba Pham as Clownhunter, Kimiyo Hoshi as Dr Light, Emily Sung as Element Woman, Kala Lour as Gold Lantern, Grace Choi, Conner Hawke as Green Arrow, Tai Pham as Green Lantern, Tatsu Yamashiro as Katana, Sandra Wu-San as Lady Shiva, Kong Kenan as New Super-Man, Emiko Queen as Red Arrow, Levi Kamel as Swamp Thing, and Traci Thirteen as Traci 13. With eleven vignettes, seven pin-ups, and seventeen biographies, a scores of writers, graphic artists and colorist it is extremely difficult to rate this hefty anthology. For the most part, I liked most of the vignettes with writing and penciling that range rather wildly and a wonderful addition to any who are interested in Asian superheroes. All in all, DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration is a wonderful collection of vignettes that celebrates Asian superheroes and Asian Heritage Month.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I hope this leads to more stories focused on Asian characters by Asian creators. I like the idea behind this but the cynical part of me thinks it's just DC's way of acting like they're being inclusive without actually bothering to do anything beyond that. But the other part of me thinks that it's good DC are openly acknowledging that Asian racism has gone from latent to blatant since COVID. Plus it's good these very talented authors and artists are getting a spotlight shined on their work, and I' I hope this leads to more stories focused on Asian characters by Asian creators. I like the idea behind this but the cynical part of me thinks it's just DC's way of acting like they're being inclusive without actually bothering to do anything beyond that. But the other part of me thinks that it's good DC are openly acknowledging that Asian racism has gone from latent to blatant since COVID. Plus it's good these very talented authors and artists are getting a spotlight shined on their work, and I'm hopeful that this being "volume one" means we've lined up for more. My biggest criticism is Tai Pham's Green Latern only appears in a very short story before disappearing. I hope DC takes this opportunity to give him his own series, but we'll see. The book serves as a good introduction to a lot of characters people might not be familiar with, and an actual introduction to the Monkey Prince, a brand new DC character that will hopefully get his own run in the not too distant future.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Parker J

    This was really fun!! I really enjoyed all of the different stories collected in this.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kori Klinzing

    I'm not usually one for comics anthologies, but this collection was beautifully put together. The stories ranged from adorable (the vignette with Cass!!!) to heart-warming to badass (the festival, the Monkey Prince), and all of them extremely well written. It's always so good to see your old favorites, and I was so happy to see Lian back in the DC universe-- I'm going to have to catch up on Catwoman so I can see more of her! I was also intrigued by the Monkey Prince, who is new to the DC Univers I'm not usually one for comics anthologies, but this collection was beautifully put together. The stories ranged from adorable (the vignette with Cass!!!) to heart-warming to badass (the festival, the Monkey Prince), and all of them extremely well written. It's always so good to see your old favorites, and I was so happy to see Lian back in the DC universe-- I'm going to have to catch up on Catwoman so I can see more of her! I was also intrigued by the Monkey Prince, who is new to the DC Universe. The concept of a crime fighter who hates superheroes is an interesting one, and I hope he's getting his own book, because that taste was not enough.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Revell

    This is a collection of vignettes (4-10 pages each) about some of the Asian heroes of the DC Universe, of whom I have to say there are more than I thought. The art is variable, as one might expect given the wide range of contributors, but part of the point of an anthology is to showcase different styles in this way. The stories are mostly pretty good, although they're too short to do anything very much, with many of them consisting of little more than a fight scene. For me, the ones that stood o This is a collection of vignettes (4-10 pages each) about some of the Asian heroes of the DC Universe, of whom I have to say there are more than I thought. The art is variable, as one might expect given the wide range of contributors, but part of the point of an anthology is to showcase different styles in this way. The stories are mostly pretty good, although they're too short to do anything very much, with many of them consisting of little more than a fight scene. For me, the ones that stood out the most were those with Cheshire Cat (which apparently ties in with an upcoming story in the Catwoman comic, so that's good), the Cassandra Cain Batgirl, and Red Arrow. More notable, perhaps, is the introduction of new hero Monkey Prince. He's tied in with Shazam, so the story is largely in that mould. There's potentially some interesting stuff there, with the authors clearly making a lot of use of Asian themes... most obviously, of course, Journey to the West. Whether his new comic is going to work out is harder to say, but it probably depends on what you think of Shazam. Mind you, given the ethnic mix where I live, I can't help but notice, that for all these east Asian characters (and, as I say, there's more than I thought), there's just one from the Indian subcontinent. Who gets a one-page art splash and a short paragraph in the appendix to remind us who he is...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ben Hall

    Thoroughly enjoyed this!! A lot of the time these kind of anthologies can be a bit middling where you get one or two great stories and then a few filler ones you don't really care about, but not the case here. Even with characters I was unfamiliar with I was still engaged, which I think had a lot to do with the more human element of each story. And of course it's great to see more Asian representation in comics! And not just in terms of DC characters, but the majority of the writers and artists b Thoroughly enjoyed this!! A lot of the time these kind of anthologies can be a bit middling where you get one or two great stories and then a few filler ones you don't really care about, but not the case here. Even with characters I was unfamiliar with I was still engaged, which I think had a lot to do with the more human element of each story. And of course it's great to see more Asian representation in comics! And not just in terms of DC characters, but the majority of the writers and artists being Asian themselves. The stories mostly focus on what it is to be an Asian hero/person in a western world but also a celebration of that heritage. The balance between portraying inequalities and celebrating diversity is done well with a good mix of stories. And it’s all capped off with a story featuring a new character The Monkey Prince which I really enjoyed. Looking forward to seeing more of him in the future. I’m sure there’s a handful of people out there who ‘don’t want politics in their comics’ but I’ve got news for them, comics have always been political. Particularly western comics. They’ve always been about social justice, equality and representation and this book fits right in My only criticism would be that it’s not a full length trade! We need more of these stories!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nicolas

    I've been really enjoying these anthologies DC has been doing. This features 11 different stories with a stellar lineup or authors and artists. Here are some of the standouts. Dress Code by Minh Le and Trung Le Nguyen revisits the Green Lantern character Tai Pham from Green Lantern: Legacy. I thoroughly enjoyed the original graphic novel, and while this isn't a full sequel, it was nice to check in again with that world. Hawke & Kong by Grek Pak and Sumit Kumar was a team-up between the Connor Hawk I've been really enjoying these anthologies DC has been doing. This features 11 different stories with a stellar lineup or authors and artists. Here are some of the standouts. Dress Code by Minh Le and Trung Le Nguyen revisits the Green Lantern character Tai Pham from Green Lantern: Legacy. I thoroughly enjoyed the original graphic novel, and while this isn't a full sequel, it was nice to check in again with that world. Hawke & Kong by Grek Pak and Sumit Kumar was a team-up between the Connor Hawke Green Arrow and New Super-Man. It's an unusual pairing and has a fun, buddy-cop kind of vibe. Finally, a new character was introduced in The Monkey Prince Hates Superheroes. The story is by Gene Luen Yang and drawn by Bernard Chang. This was a lot of fun. I really liked the team-up with Shazam. This ends with a teaser that the series will continue down the road and I'm looking forward to that.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kastie Pavlik

    Good on DC for rising up to stereotypes and violence. These stories are fun and enlightening, and collected with commentary that ties everything together with a focus on heritage. I realize that sounds obvious, but that's not something we get to see a lot in comics or on tv, and it's refreshing to get an insider look without being pulled aside by explanations. Good on DC for rising up to stereotypes and violence. These stories are fun and enlightening, and collected with commentary that ties everything together with a focus on heritage. I realize that sounds obvious, but that's not something we get to see a lot in comics or on tv, and it's refreshing to get an insider look without being pulled aside by explanations.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Yvette

    There were a couple of good stories but they all had the same sad theme. I did want to know more about Hawke & Kong.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Katie Florida

    A great collection of stories and characters highlighting many facets of Asian culture and heritage beautifully. Very well done!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tri Nguyen

    7

  14. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    4.5

  15. 5 out of 5

    Heather Ness-Maddox

    So I teared up multiple times. Glad DC spoke out about the rise in violence against Asian/Asian American people

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alex

  17. 4 out of 5

    Srishti

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dana

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

  20. 4 out of 5

    Britt

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jason White

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dylan Smith

  23. 5 out of 5

    Will Brown

  24. 5 out of 5

    Chris Kiser

  25. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Doherty

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

  27. 4 out of 5

    Stuart

  28. 5 out of 5

    Paul Young

  29. 5 out of 5

    A

  30. 4 out of 5

    emil

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