SIUniverse Blog Parade Day Two: 8Asians

Why Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology (Secret Identities) is Important

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by Koji Steven Sakai

When I was a kid, I LOVED comic books. I bought every X-Men comic I could get my hands on. I was obsessed. This was a long time ago and back then the idea of Asian American superheroes was pretty much unheard of. This is not to say that Asian/Asian Americans weren’t in comic books. The one prominent one I remember reading was Sunfire.

Here is the Wikipedia description of him:

Sunfire is a temperamental and arrogant Japanese mutant who can generate superheated plasma and fly. Not suited for teamwork, Sunfire was only briefly a member of the X-Men and has kept limited ties to the team since. He has had some presence in the greater Marvel Universe.

storm shadows and quick kick 300x212 Why Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology (Secret Identities) is ImportantNot someone I could get behind.

The only time I really felt the lack of Asian American representation was when I watched/read G.I. Joe. I rooted for the two Asian/Asian American guys, Quick Kick (Right) and Storm Shadow (Left).

You might recognize Quick Kick as Angry Asian Man’s logo but I vaguely remembered him as a child. The character I always rooted for and played with was Storm Shadow. And even though he was a bad guy, when I played with him he always became a good guy. And I secretly imagined the guy under the mask actually looked exactly like me.

Now that I think about it, that’s kind of depressing.

secret identities asian american superhero anthology jeff yang paperback cover art Why Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology (Secret Identities) is ImportantThis is why when I first heard about Secret Identities: The Asian American Superheroes Anthology, the first anthology of Asian American superheroes created/drawn by Asian Americans, way back in 2009 I was super excited. I submitted a story (“Meet Joe”) and was honored to be included in the first book.
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Three years later, the second book, Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology (Secret Identities), is coming out next week. This book features villains. Not just any villain, but Asian American ones!

When I found out about the subject, I was super excited. Superheroes are fun but villains are way way way way more interesting to think about. I created this character and the amazingly talented artist Deodato Pangandoyon made it come to life:Alien kid 41 463x600 Why Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology (Secret Identities) is Important
You’ll have to buy the book to find out who this character is but I’ll give you a hint. It’s based off my 8Asians article: Series of Web Pages Convinced Asians are Aliens from Outer Space.

I’m glad my son has been born at a time when books like this can come out. As Asian Americans it is important that we support these kinds of projects. And when I say support, I mean buy it, like it, post it, and tell your friends about it. And I’m not just saying that because I’m in it (I don’t make any money off the book sales).

For more information about the book and to find out where you can see them on tour, go to the Secret Identities home page.

To read more behind the scenes info about Shattered, visit Jenn Fang at, who will be posting an article tomorrow (Wednesday).

Finally, Adam Warrock wrote about working on Shattered as well.

What are you waiting for? Buy the book already.

2 Replies to “SIUniverse Blog Parade Day Two: 8Asians”

  1. Just want to say thanks for blogging about this. It’s good to know that I’m not the only one feels this way with the almost non-existing Asian male superheroes.

    But we need to figure out a way to empower the Asian race and to make everyone one come together as one no matter what part of Asia we are from. If we don’t come together/be proud of our heritage, you guys won’t get much support.

    Blacks have come together through conformity and now they are a powerhouse. We need to do that.

  2. I bought this book. GREAT book (Citizen character), but why is my version is in black and white and the video shows color?

    This story by far is the best artist/writer out of all of the other stories. Mr. Yang, please give him his own comic line.

    And the other character in the book that has power gloves is awesome too. I can’t remember the title. But it was about his dad was missing so he’s trying to find out what had happened. Jeff, you gotta give these guys their own series. I’m a fan for life.

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