This month marks AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islanders) Heritage Month, so I wanted to take some time to highlight three AAPI heroes from Marvel Comics!
But before I go into it, I want to link to a website called Stop AAPI Hate, which has more information on the racism the AAPI community face, as well as places to report crimes/organisations to donate to. Please go and check it out, educate yourself, and if you can, donate to help stop the spread of violence and discrimination AAPI people face on a daily basis.
Now, onto three heroes you should check out!
We all love Jimmy Woo in the MCU, to the point where fans are calling for him to have his own spin-off show (obviously with Darcy and Monica involved – you can’t split up The Woo Crew!), but he’s also had some great runs in the comics too!
In the Marvel Comic Universe, Jimmy is a no-nonsense agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., who has also worked for Howard Stark and the FBI. But he’s probably best known for being the leader of the revamped Agents Of Atlas – a superhero team which boasts members such as Shang-Chi and Silk.
Speaking of Silk, I should probably give her a shout out here too! Silk, aka Cindy Moon, is a Spider-based hero. In fact, she was actually bitten by the same spider that bit Peter Parker!
Cindy’s life though is possibly even more complicated than Peter’s, as she has been the prime target for a villain named Morlun for years, a storyline which kicked off the Spider-Geddon event. Since then, one of Cindy’s main goals in life, when not trying to help people and save the world, is to find her family, who she was separated from after she gained her powers.
Mondo is a Samoan member of the New Mutants who lives on Krakoa, with the power to take on the properties of any organic, or inorganic, material he comes into contact with. This means that he can absorb pieces of Krakoa, and give the island the chance to talk to its mutant inhabitants. The act does make both uncomfortable, so they don’t do it often.
To read more about him, check out the latest X-Men runs, specifically the New Mutants run, where Mondo pops up fairly often!
And that’s three AAPI Marvel characters to check out! Do you want me to cover more characters, or cover some AAPI authors? Let me know in the comments below!