Chispa Comics, a Latinx partnership between Scout Comics and Mucho Mas Media, announced the launch of the Latinx comic series titled The Thirteen.
This series of comics will be its first series of comics since the debut of Attack at Acapulco: A Black Demon Tale back at the 2021 New York Comic Con.
The hope for The Thirteen comic book series is to introduce new Latinx superheroes and initiate a shared universe similar to DC or Marvel—featuring heroes of Latin-American heritage and written/illustrated by Latinx creatives.
In a press release, The Thirteen is described as “an elite league of super-powered humans with Mesoamerican roots.”
Here is a brief description of the series:
Super-powered humans in this universe are referred to as “chispas” (sparks), a term that reflects a Latinx perspective on heroism. They arise from inside, not outside the community. They don’t fight evil just as vigilantes or powerful police but as defenders of their people against the systems that foment crime, evil, and injustice. Doing so, they inspire others, sparking a fire in the hearts of common people to work together in solidarity to effect real change in the world.
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The comic book series is written by Latinx writers represented by Muchos Mas subsidiary Inclusion Management. The titles and writers are as follows:
- Zopilote by Hector Rodriguez III;
- The Wake by Jasminne and Lupe Méndez;
- Pyroclast by Frederick Luis Aldama;
- Cloudbreak by Leticia Urieta;
- Florescent by Héctor González;
- Dragonthrall by Veronique Medrano;
- Vendaval by Ire’ne Lara Silva;
- Shaper by Angela Bowles;
- Gila Girl by Henry Barajas;
- Molt by Laura Galán-Wells;
- Revive by Oscar Garza and Rolando Esquivel;
- Blue Deer by David Bowles;
- And Coneja by Kevin Garcia.
“With 62 million Latinx consumers in the US, comprising 25% of the U.S. Gen Z and Millennial population and growing, our community is a huge consumer of entertainment. We want Chispa’s new superhero universe to reflect the full diversity under that umbrella, with the ability to organically expand into every niche,” said Chispa Comics co-publisher Hector Rodriguez III.
The Thirteen will debut with six issues at the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con International this summer. The last seven one-shot origin stories are set to drop at New York Comic-Con later in the fall. An ongoing series will follow the one-shot series in 2024, featuring the entire line-up of superheroes and three other spin-off series featuring the smaller teams of heroes.
The following is a preliminary artwork below. Let us know what you think of the news.
Source: Chispa Comics