The Good Asian #5
Written by Pornsak Pichetshote
Art by Alexandre Tefenkgi
Colors by Lee Loughridge
Letters by Jeff Powell
The Rundown: Edison Hark reflects on his past in the wake of a tragedy.
Flashbacks show Edison in various stages of the path. His history in Hawaii and his involvement with the Carroway family is detailed.
The Story: Picheshote once again delivers stunning insight into the hearts and minds of people of color, especially immigrants. Hark’s struggle to be seen, and illusions to his status of model minority are both heartbreaking and relatable. It is especially painful to watch his romantic and work relationships.
There is an understanding of the U.S. that is always forefront in the mind of people of color. And Hark’s battle with believing in an inherently discriminatory system while simultaneously trying to change it is no different than what we face today. His final actions in this issue and its results are a reflection of his ideas. And I’m curious to find out how this situation will play out.
I can’t say enough good things about this series. I appreciate the bravery and honesty that Picheshote puts into this story line. And his dedication to historical accuracy is admirable. I also hope that readers pay attention to the ending section of this comic as it is filled with interesting information regarding the time period of the saga.
The Art: Stylistically noir images fill this issue. And detailed drawings are used to emphasize character form and expression. Overall, I found the artwork emotionally engaging and appealing.