There is a Kickstarter ending in three days that will produce retro-style super hero action figures. Among them is The Green Turtle, the first Asian American comic book superhero. The character was recently rebooted in the graphic novel, The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew earlier this year.
If you haven’t heard of The Shadow Hero by now, shame on you. Gene has been a guest contributor here, and NOC EIC Keith Chow posted a great review here. I love the book, a perfect imagining of The Green Turtle’s origin, at once poignant and whimsical. It is a writer and artist in perfect harmony. The Shadow Hero hit every note right on the mark.
So naturally, I went and backed this Kickstarter right away. I didn’t even have to think about it, didn’t even watch the video until after I confirmed payment. As far as I can tell, Gene endorses the project. Autographed posters from The Shadow Hero are among the rewards. But, for me, I only had eyes The Green Turtle action figure.
This is a must-have piece of post-modern Asian American curio. For just $25, you can get one of a limited 300 pieces. And Keith can add it to his list of Asian American action figures.
There are only three days left, and they still need about $7,000 to reach their goal. Best get on it.