The Good Asian #8
Written by Pornsak Pichetshote
Art by Alexandre Tefenkgi
Colors by Lee Loughridge
Letters by Jeff Powell
The Rundown: Lucy Fan ventures outside of Chinatown in search of an acquaintance.
Lucy Fan details the aftermath of Frankie Carroway’s murder and its effects on Chinatown. When she sees a familiar face, Lucy decides to conduct an investigation that leads her far from home. Soon she confronts someone surprising and quickly finds herself in mortal danger. After an interesting series of events, Lucy returns home. Finally, she makes a crucial decision that may change her life.
The Story: I can’t say enough good things about this series. Pichetshote expertly crafts a narrative filled with surprising and brilliantly thought-out twists and turns. The shift in perspective floored me. I am so appreciative of how this story lives beyond a singular lens. It shows specifically how the actions of one individual or incident effects the lives of so many others.
In regard to social justice, Pichetshote boldly presents how discrimination and fear leads to attacks on the innocent. The hate crimes committed in Chinatown closely mirror actions taken today. It reminds us how little has changed in race relations, and how much violence against Asian communities goes unheard. I encourage readers to check out the articles at the end of the issue for a more in-depth analysis of this subject.
As this story is quickly coming to its conclusion, I am both saddened and excited. The cliff hanger ending left me in anticipation. And while I wait with bated breath for the next chapter, I am aware that soon I will be patiently waiting for this magnificent creator’s next project.
The Art: The illustrations in this edition feature cool tones and color work that changes with the location and time period. Although, this issue has a noir feel, there is a freshness to the style that fits the character perspective. The mood is younger and less cynical, and the attention to character expression perfectly relay that tonal shift in the series.