Heroes of Color
Every so often, comic books attempt to up their hipness quotient with ethnicity. The 1960s and ’70s brought the first African-American superheroes – the Falcon, Black Panther, Black Lightning, and Luke Cage (think Shaft, only more invulnerable). Forty years on, the diversity fairy has struck again. The Atom is now Chinese; the Blue Beetle, Latino. And there’s even more action in foreign comic books aimed at the US market…..
WIRED, August 2006