DC Comics will introduce a new superhero named Monkey Prince into the DC universe, who is clearly inspired by the legendary Sun Wukong or Monkey King in Chinese mythology and Journey To The West. The company will release its 100-page DC Festival Of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration anthology comic book on 11 May 2021.
According to the official website, there will be 11 stories inside. One of them will focus on introducing Monkey Prince in a 12-page story called ‘The Monkey Prince Hates Superheroes’ written by award-winning writer Gene Luen Yang (Superman Smashes the Klan, New Super-Man) with art by Bernard Chang (Teen Titans, Batman Beyond).
In ‘The Monkey Prince Hates Superheroes’, the Monkey Prince battles and teams up with Shazam to defeat both the evil Dr. Sivana and a Chinese deer demon spirit.
Other characters featured in the DC Festival Of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration anthology comic book include stories starring other Asian DC Comics superheroes likes Batgirl (Cassandra Cain), Green Lantern (Tai Pham), Cheshire, Katana, and more.
It’s worth pointing out that the anthology comic will also introduce yet another new human Green Lantern in the form of Vietnamese Tai Pham.
Check out the synopsis to the other 10 stories below:
â€œMasksâ€ â€“ Ram V, writer ofÂ Catwoman,Â Justice League Dark, andÂ The Swamp Thing, teams up with Audrey Mok, the artist ofÂ Sera and the Royal Stars, to tell a story featuring Jade Nguyen, a.k.a. Cheshire. Tying into Vâ€™sÂ CatwomanÂ run, Selina Kyleâ€™s protÃ©gÃ© Shoes has visions of being rescued as a child by Cheshire. Shoes takes these visions as a sign, donning a mask, taking the name â€œCheshire Cat,â€ and asking Selina Kyle to train her. But is Catwoman ready to take on a sidekick?
â€œSoundsâ€ â€“Â Detective ComicsÂ writer and Eisner Award winner Mariko Tamaki (Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass) and artist Marcus To team up to tell a story featuring Cassandra Cain, a.k.a. Batgirl. Batgirl struggles to understand words, but with her ability to read body language and uncanny fighting skills, she really doesnâ€™t have toâ€¦until she meets someone and wishes that she had the right wordsâ€”ANY wordsâ€”to say to them!
â€œWhatâ€™s in the Box?â€ â€“ Cassandra Cain steps into the spotlight once more, but this time with Colin Wilkes, a.k.a. Abuse (who first appeared inÂ Detective ComicsÂ #947, October 2008), courtesy of words and art by Dustin Nguyen. Abuse finds Batgirl sitting by a bridge, upset by a comment made by Damian Wayne.
â€œDress Codeâ€ â€“ Green Lantern Tai Pham makes his first comic book debut in this story byÂ Green Lantern: LegacyÂ writer Minh LÃª with artist Trung Le Nguyen. Green Lantern is fighting with Arkillo, and the villain taunts him for his costume â€œlooking like a dress.â€ This reminds Tai of a memory with his dead grandmother who he inherited his powers from.
â€œFestival of Heroesâ€ â€“ In a story by writer Amy Chu and artist Marcio Takara influenced by current headlines, Katana, Cyborg, and Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes) are asked to safeguard an Asian American and Pacific Islander community celebration against potential violence from a white supremacist group. But the heroes are quickly reminded that you donâ€™t need capes, masks, or even special abilities to be a hero.
â€œHawke & Kongâ€ â€“ Writer Greg Pak and artist Sumit Kumar team up on a story spotlighting the return of onetime Green Arrow Connor Hawke and Kong Kenan, also known as New Super-Man. Connor and Kenan need to do some quick thinking when a gift for Connorâ€™s Korean aunt gets damaged in a battle with a dragon!
â€œSpecial Deliveryâ€ â€“Â Master of NoneÂ writer Aniz Ansari makes his comic book debut with artist Sami Basri in this story featuring Robin (Damian Wayne). As Robin ponders about his heritage, he slowly discovers that something about this pizza place seems offâ€¦
â€œKawaii Kalamity!â€ â€“Â Shadow of the BatgirlÂ writer Sarah Kuhn and illustrator Victoria Ying (Diana: Princess of the Amazons) tell a story about Red Arrowâ€™s reluctance of enjoying â€œkawaiiâ€ things because of peopleâ€™s general assumptions of what she likes simply based on her Japanese heritage.
â€œFamily Dinnerâ€ â€“ Amazon juggernaut Grace Choi has to meet her girlfriend Anissa Pierceâ€™s dad for dinner. But when your girlfriend is Thunder, that means meeting the parents is that much more stressful because her father is Black Lightning!
â€œPerceptibleâ€ â€“Â The Good AsianÂ duo of Pornsak Pichetshote (writer) and Alexandre Tefenkgi (artist) tell a tale featuring The Atom (Ryan Choi) trying to defeat a microscopic robot sent from the futureâ€¦to save our reality as we know it!