Real-world issues aren’t any match for this new crop of Latina superheroes
In the multiverse of superheroes, some comedian ebook and graphic novel creators are utilizing Latina characters to problem real-life points.
New Yorker Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez created La Borinqueña, a Puerto Rican superhero who crusades for points affecting the Caribbean island– together with local weather change, financial displacement, renewable vitality and Black Lives Matter.
In 2015, whereas writing tales for Marvel, Miranda discovered that Puerto Rico had amassed an $80 billion debt. He determined to put in writing his first graphic novel (which is independently revealed) to lift consciousness and lift cash for grassroots non-profit organizations in Puerto Rico.
“La Borinqueña is unapologetically an Afro-Boricua, a Black superhero of Puerto Rican descent who is also an activist,” says Miranda.
In her first journey, “La Borinqueña didn’t fight a supervillain; she dealt with a massive hurricane that left the island in a complete blackout. The book was published months before Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, killing more than 3000 people and destroying homes.
The latest issue of La Borinqueña commemorates the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Maria and comes at a time when Puerto Ricans are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona, with no electricity or running water. It talks about the importance of climate-resilient reconstruction to reduce future impacts of natural disasters. Miranda partnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council to publish the special edition issue featuring celebrity activist Rosario Dawson.
“It was important for us to reflect on the power and resiliency of Puerto Ricans as they continue to sustainably rebuild from the disasters brought on by Hurricane Maria,” Miranda wrote in a press release. “At the same time, we must hold local and mainland U.S. leaders accountable for the harmful delays in distributing promised resources and services to the island in the aftermath. Puerto Rico, the island itself, and especially the people who call it home–deserve more.”
La Borinqueña is now part of the gathering by the Smithsonian and has been featured on the Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York and artwork exhibitions all over the world. Actresses Dawson and Zoe Saldana have voiced La Borinqueña for public service announcements urging Latinos to register to vote.
A portion of the gross sales of the primary line of La Borinqueña motion figures shall be devoted to continued philanthropic work in Puerto Rico. One of the latest ventures is a music video collaboration with Stretch and Bobbito + The M19’s, that includes Eddie Palmieri.
A La Brava comics
Kayden Phoenix is a third-generation Chicana from L.A.’s Boyle Heights neighborhood. Her workforce of comedian ebook superheroes, known as A La Brava, are social justice crusaders who deal with femicide, teen suicide, gun management in faculties, youngster trafficking and home violence.
“I had to make superheroes that actually have grounded superpowers,” she says.
Phoenix says she desires to transcend the same old superhero tales. “How many times you can save Metropolis or Gotham or Central Park or the world? If the team wants to save the world or the planet, you think of the Avengers or the Guardians of the Galaxy,” she says. “But who’s going to save a real girl?”
Her A La Brava workforce contains:
“Jalisco,” a Mexican Folklorico dancer with blades on the sides of her attire. She takes on femicide in Mexico.
“Santa,” from the Texas-Mexico border, has divine power. “She’s my brawler and she has deja vu,” says Phoenix. Santa faces off towards a corrupt politician known as “Ice.” “He’s symbolic of ICE and all the detention centers and everything that comes with that.”
“Loquita,” a Boricua-Cubana from Miami, balances highschool life with being a supernatural detective.
“Ruca,” a Chicana from East L.A. has “instant karma, so whatever, whatever you do to her, she can throw back right at you.”
“Bandida, a Dominican gunslinger in New York. “Bullets ricochet off of her,” says Phoenix. “She infiltrates a Broadway theater group and finally ends up taking it down for abusing the females.”
As extra Latino superheroes are featured in motion pictures and on TV, these two comix creators hope their characters make it to the display screen sometime, too. And they will be armed with powers to tackle real-world issues.
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