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Yang and Liew’s ‘The Shadow Hero’ to get digital serialization

by  in Comic News Comment

Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew’s The Shadow Hero will be serialized digitally each month by First Second beginning Feb. 18.

The upcoming graphic novel crafts a new origin for the Green Turtle, an obscure Golden Age character believed to have been imagined as Chinese-American by his creator Chu Hing — making him the very first Asian-American superhero.

“His publishers didn’t think that would fly in the marketplace,” Yang explained last year, “so Chu Hing reacted in this really passive-aggressive way: He drew those original Green Turtle comics so that we never see the hero’s face. Whenever the hero is on a panel, we almost always just see his cape. Whenever he is turned around, something is blocking his face. […] Rumor is that Chu Hing did this so he could imagine his hero as he originally intended, as a Chinese-American.”

In The Shadow Hero, the Green Turtle is envisioned as a young Asian-American immigrant whose mother is excited about having a superhero for a son, “with at times disastrous results.”

In keeping with the Green Turtle’s Golden Age roots, First Second will serialize The Shadow Hero in six monthly digital issues:

  • The Shadow Hero 1: The Green Turtle Chronicles  — On sale Feb. 18
  • The Shadow Hero 2: The Dawn of a Golden Age – On sale March 18
  • The Shadow Hero 3: Fathers and Sons – On sale April 15
  • The Shadow Hero 4: Fights You Cannot Win – On sale May 20
  • The Shadow Hero 5: True Colors – On sale June 17
  • The Shadow Hero 6: Enter the Green Turtle – On sale July 15

Each issue be available through Amazon, Apple and Barnes & Noble. The Shadow Hero full graphic novel will be published July 15 in print and digitally.