Today is the day! Sonny Liew and I revive the Green Turtle, the first Asian American superhero!
Here’s the script, thumbnail sketches, and Sonny’s final art for the second page:
In Chu Hing’s original comics, the Green Turtle has this weird turtle-shaped shadow that pops up from time to time.
No explanation is given, and it seems more like a design element than anything else.
In The Shadow Hero, Sonny and I made the turtle-shaped shadow into a character. I wanted him to be the source of the Green Turtle’s power, and I also wanted to tie him into Chinese mythology. I thought it’d be cool if the thing that made the Green Turtle a superhero — an embodiment of American idealism — had roots in his Chinese heritage.
In our comic, the turtle-shaped shadow is Xuanwu, the Black Tortoise from the Four Symbols of the Chinese Constellations. Xuanwu (玄武) can be translated Dark Warrior or Mysterious Soldier… Shadow Hero.