The Chicago Tribune’s Metromix.com takes a look at Hispanic super heroes from a variety of media, including Nickelodeon’s new El Tigre cartoon and DC’s Blue Beetle comic:
It’s part of a 21st Century wave of multicultural offerings for kids that have birthed heroes of many different races and ages. Meanwhile, the two big comics publishers, DC and Marvel, have promoted non-white heroes in high-profile books such as “Fantastic Four” and “Justice League of America.” Further, more heroes of color star in their own monthly series. While many of these new monthly comics struggle saleswise, a few have garnered critical buzz, including “Blue Beetle,” which follows the evolution of Jaime Reyes, a Mexican-American teenager who discovers an alien blue scarab that allows him to generate a coat of super-powered blue armor. Unfortunately, the suit doesn’t come with an instruction manual.
Blue Beetle writer John Rogers says he hopes that in 10-15 years, “a Hispanic kid is going to take over writing ‘Blue Beetle’ — or start writing his own comics — because he feels that the medium is accessible to him.” Also be sure to read Greg Hatcher’s description of some of his stduents reading an issue of Luke Cage.