DC Comic’s Gene Yang reintroduces yellow peril character from the 1930’s.
The latest issue of Gene Yang’s New Super-Man
has the Chinese Super-Man going up against the yellow peril villain from the 1930’s, Ching Lung.
“The purpose is not necessarily to kick up old stereotypes as it is to comment on them. My hope is, at the end of all of the storyline, the entire long arc that deals with Ching Lung, that a reader will be able to see it as both a comment on the past and evidence of how far we’ve come,” Yang told the South China Morning Post.
Ching Lung’s return is a nod to DC Comics past. He will battle Justice League of China which also includes Batman and the Wonder Woman of China. Ching is representative of a time when Americans feared China and the East.
Yang knows he’s taking a risk. Lung is being introduced slowly. He appears on the final page of issue 8 and the story line will be unveiled in later issues.
“If we really want to embrace who we are as Americans, we have to look at both the good and the bad and the pretty and the ugly of our history. If rebirth is about reclaiming a lot of DC’s past, we also have to examine some of the ugly stuff too. So that’s what we’re hoping to do.”
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