Edison Hark is in trouble! Will he be able to survive as a prisoner to this mysterious Hui Long or is this the end of our protagonist? Find out in The Good Asian #7 by Image Comics!
THE GOOD ASIAN #7 (OF 10)
Writer: Pornsak Pichetshote
Artist: Alexandre Tefenkgi
Colorist: Lee Loughridge
Letterer: Jeff Powell
Editor: Will Dennis
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 8th, 2021
Previously in The Good Asian: Edison Park has come to San Francisco to look for Ivy Chen. However, he has ended up in a weird complex situation that has led to the deaths of many people. This includes Frankie Carroway, his surrogate brother. Can Hark figure everything out before Chinatown turns into a bloody battleground? At the moment, he finds himself tied up by the Hui Long impersonator, who is a white passing man known as Silas.
A DEADLY BURN
The Good Asian #7 starts with flashbacks from Silas’ past. He is multiracial, half Chinese/half white and the illegitimate heir to Abraham Woodward. He soon became an orphan trying to figure out where he belonged in the world as a multiracial man. He soon found Holly and Ivy and revealed that he is Ivy’s half-brother. Now, Silas has Edison Hark prisoner with a plethora of chemicals around them. When Hark antagonizes Silas, Silas begins to throw the chemicals on him causing his skin to burn. Hark is able to escape his confinements and grab a gun but Silas is able to pull out his own weapon. Before they can shoot each other, Mr. Nash shows up and Hark realizes that Victoria betrayed him. Nash kills Silas but Hark escapes by shooting an explosive barrel and chaos ensues.
WHAT IS GOING ON?
Wow! The Good Asian #7 continues to get more and more complex in every issue. Not only is there this discussion about race relations in San Fransisco, but now there is a ton of moving parts in the search for Ivy. I’m a little saddened a bit, because it seems like we are turning away from the main plot point of finding Ivy Chen to instead focusing on the revenge for Frankie and the deception of Victoria. Am I dissatisfied with the new direction? No, absolutely not. But I find myself more focused on the relationship between Hark and his surrogate family rather than what I perceive to be the main plot point.
I want to take a moment and talk about Silas a bit. I empathize with him quite a bit because I remember feeling some of his emotions and had some of his experiences. I am multiracial Chinese and Caucasian and I carry a French last name. I find myself often drifting from these two, very different cultures. Silas was the first time in a while where I saw my personal story reflected on the page. The creative team does an excellent job shining light on issues that I don’t see talked about very often. Which is so important in our current societal climate.
BOTTOM LINE: I REALLY ENJOY THIS STORY
The Good Asian series has tackled a really difficult topic and does an excellent job explaining it. While this isn’t a perfect series, I would recommend this to anyone. However, I admit that the Noir genre may not be for you, and this isn’t an easy, feel-good read. Regardless, I give The Good Asian #7 a solid 4 out of 5.
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The Good Asian #7 (of 10)
The Good Asian #7 has done an excellent job trying to manage difficult topics and shedding them in entertaining ways.