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DC Debuts First Asian-American Green Lantern in New Graphic Novel

Minh Le and Andie Tong's Green Lantern: Legacy is set debut DC's first Asian American Green Lantern.

In the graphic novel, 13-year-old Tai Pham stumbles upon his grandmother's jade ring, which turns out to be a Green Lantern ring. Blessed with the powers of the Corps, Tai takes on his family's legacy. The new graphic novel will be a part of the DC Zoom imprint, which is focused on middle grade readers.

According to the novel's synopsis,

Thirteen-year-old Tai Pham lives in the apartment above his grandmother’s store, where his bedroom is crammed with sketchpads and comic books. But not even his most imaginative drawings could compare to the colorful adventure he’s about to embark on.

When Tai inherits his grandmother’s jade ring, he soon finds out it’s more than it appears. Suddenly he’s being inducted into a group of space cops known as the Green Lanterns, his neighborhood is being overrun by some racist bullies, and every time he puts pen to paper, he’s forced to confront that he might not be creative enough or strong enough to uphold his ba’s legacy.

Now Tai must decide what kind of hero he wants to be: will he learn to soar above his insecurities or will the past keep him grounded?

"Being an official part of the DC world is a dream come true," Le told School Library Journal. "In fact, if I went back in time and told junior high me that I’d get to write a Green Lantern comic, he’d be doing backflips. Or fainting. Probably both...I’m so grateful that I was given the opportunity to create this character."

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Likewise, Tong described his journey bringing Tai to life as a "rewarding experience." "I can see a lot of my upbringing, similar to what Minh went through, in this story. It’s been an absolute blast bringing these experiences to life and to share them with the DC community,” he said.

Tai continues DC's growing trend of diversifying the Lanterns. Jessica Cruz, a recent addition to the Corps, is a Mexican-American Lantern. She is joined by Teen Lantern, a young black Lantern set to debut in the Young Justice comic. In addition, the DC Universe has its own legion of Chinese Green Lanterns.

Green Lantern: Legacy debuts January 2020.

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