Edison Hark is still looking for Ivy Chen but there are rumors that Hui Long, a Tong Member, is back in town. Follow Hark as he figures out this mystery in The Good Asian #3 by Image Comics!
THE GOOD ASIAN #3 (OF 9)
Writer: Pornsak Pichetshote
Artist: Alexandre Tefenkgi
Colorist: Lee Loughridge
Letterer: Jeff Powell
Editor: Will Dennis
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 7th, 2021
Previously in The Good Asian: Edison’s surrogate father is in a coma, and many believe that he was heartbroken by Ivy Chen’s departure. During his search for Ivy, he comes across someone he believes is Hui Long, who tried to kill Terence Chang. Edison Hark must use his detective skills and training to get to the bottom of this without hurting people affected by the Chinese Exclusion Act.
The Good Asian #3 opens by explaining about the 1906 fires in San Fransisco and how it affected Chinese and Chinese Americans. The reader is then introduced to the perspective of Lucy Fan, an aspiring singer and a phone operator at the Chinatown Telephone Exchange. She meets with Edison Hark and helps him get information about Ivy Chen. First stop is Mrs. Tze, a tailor who made a dress for Ivy and points the detective to Ivy’s friend, Holly. However, Holly passed away in a fire. Edison Hark and Lucy decide to visit Holly’s family but only meets resistance when they realize that Edison is a cop.
Holly’s sister however gives Edison a film and a lot of money. Apparently, Holly and Ivy were into some schemes, and this was in one of their hiding spots. Holly’s sister also said that Ivy claimed her father was Hui Long. While Edison Hark reacts to this information, he encounters Tony who is drunk. Tony is upset that Edison had a hand in the arrest of his father but Hark quickly knocks him out and sends him home. Lucy though is upset with Edison and slaps him before running back home.
SNITCHES GET STITCHES
Edison finally reveals a bit of what it is like to be a Chinese-American cop in this time period. His job is mostly to infiltrate oriental places and snitch on them to the police. To fit in to America, he became his people’s worse enemy. During this time, many people viewed “The Good Asian” as the man who helped white people. That was the main qualifier for being one of the “good ones”. This idea is even furthered by Lucy saying a good Chinese woman is one that is “strong and quiet”. Americans get to be loud, but she must be quiet and miserable. This is the crux of what this comic series is about, and it interest me that they push so hard on this theme this issue. Because Ivy and “Hui Long” are not those types of people and I’m excited to learn what kind of people they actually are.
The Good Asian #3 combines this mystery of Ivy and Hui Long and presents it with education of history that many people may not be familiar with. I think this makes the series invaluable. When you top that off with a solid art style that really fits the noir style, it makes me think this is going to be one of the best comics of the decade.
BOTTOM LINE: GREAT COMIC
I feel like I should be paying more attention to the mystery aspect of The Good Asian #3, but I am just drawn into the history. I am a Hapa (part Caucasian, part Chinese) and I understand clearly the issues present here. This is a 4.5 out of 5 for me. This miniseries hits very close to home, and I really applaud the quality and education this comic provides.
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The Good Asian #3 (of 9)
The Good Asian really shows the struggles of Chinese Americans in San Francisco. How Asians must act and react to the world around them is a great setting for a comic book.