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Secret Identities:
The Asian American Superhero Anthology

Edited by Jeff Yang, Parry Shen, Keith Chow, and Jerry Ma

A groundbreaking graphic collection that explores Asian American culture, identity, and history through all-new superhero comics


There's this guy we know—quiet, unassuming, with black hair and thick glasses. He's doing his best to fit in, in a world far away from the land of his birth. He knows he's different, and that his differences make him alien, an outsider—but they also make him special. Yet he finds himself unable to reveal his true self, his hidden self, to the world...


For many Asian Americans, this chronicle is a familiar one, because many of us have lived it. But it also happens to be the tale of a mild-mannered reporter named Clark Kent, better known to the world as Superman. And the parallels between those stories help explain why Asian Americans have become such a driving force in the contemporary comics renaissance, as artists, writers—and fans. But there's one place where Asians are still underrepresented in comics: Between the four-color covers themselves. That's why, in SECRET IDENTITIES,  top Asian American writers, artists and comics professionals have come together to create 26 original stories centered around Asian American superheroes;  stories set in a shadow history of our country, from the opening of the West to the election of the first minority president, and exploring ordinary Asian American life from a decidedly extraordinary perspective.


Entertaining, enlightening and more than a little provocative, SECRET IDENTITIES blends whiz-bang action, wry satire and thoughtful commentary into a groundbreaking anthology about a community too often overlooked by the cultural mainstream.


 
  1. 1.“Blue Scorpion and Chung,” by Gene Yang and Sonny Liew

  2. 2.“Driving Steel” by Jeff Yang and Benton Jew

  3. 3.“The Hibakusha” by Parry Shen and Glenn Urieta

  4. 4.“The Wallpasser” by Clarence Coo and Jerry Ma

  5. 5.“Peril” by Keith Chow and Jef Castro