The Good Asian #1

Image Comics

Written by Pornsak Pichetshote

Art by Alexandre Tefenkgi

Colors by Lee Loughridge

Letters by Jeff Powell

The Rundown: Detective Edison Hark begins an investigation into the missing Ivy Chen in 1930s San Francisco.

Edison is held on Angel Island upon his arrival to San Francisco, and the conditions in the holding facility are explored. Soon after his release, he begins detective work in Chinatown with his partner O’Malley. Later that day, he visits close friends and the nature of his business in San Francisco is explained. Soon after, Edison follows a lead, and finds that he must make a choice with potentially disastrous ramifications.

The Story: Pornsak Pichetshote describes his work as Chinatown Noir. He has expertly crafted a tale that blends historical context, intrigue, and social commentary. The dialogue is difficult at times, as it is filled with racially abusive language. However, that discomfort is poignant as you are privy to the world of Detective Hark and the challenges he faces. I like that this character is extremely flawed, and that he is constantly battling himself on identity and morality. And I also like the time that was taken to research the world in which he inhabits. I’m looking forward to the next issue.

The Art: Tefenkgi uses traditional artwork to set the scene for this period thriller. This is enhanced by a color palette that constantly changes, depending on the tone of the scene. The result is quite magnificent. Its brilliant, nuanced, and greatly enhances the reader’s immersion into the tale.

The Good Asian #1



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