Marvel’s 'War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas' introduces new Asian heroes

NEW YORK—May 2019 continues to be the month of celebrations for the Asian American Diaspora. The Los Angeles Asian Film Festival and New York Indian Film Festival are both wrapping up their respective showcases this week. Asian Americans nationwide are celebrating Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Lucy Liu became just the second Asian American female actor to have her star placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And Marvel introduced three new Asian characters in the release of its latest comic book, War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas.

            Aero, Sword Master and Wave were formally introduced when the War of the Realms was released on May 8; Aero and Sword Master hail from China, while Wave was described by Marvel as a “Filipina sensation.”

            Also featured in War of the Realms are Luna Snow and Crescent and Io, all of who debuted in Marvel Future Fight, a mobile game; this is the comic book debut for each of these characters.

            Lin Lie is Sword Master, a student who gains powers through an ancient artifact. Aero, meanwhile, is the alter ego of architect Lei Ling; she has the power to control air currents.

            Representing the Philippines as a defender of the seas is Wave aka Pearl Pangan.

            Luna Snow, aka Seol Hee, is a K-Pop crime fighter from South Korea. She was performing at a Star Industries event when it was ambushed. Her attempt to defend the event’s attendees resulted in her capture and imprisonment in a high-tech storage freezer. An attempt to escape exposed Seol to a cold-fusion energy experiment, which ultimately gave her the ability to control frozen elements. Seol became Luna Snow and uses her powers to fight for good.

            The duo of Crescent & Io is also Korean in root. Crescent is Dan Bi, a young girl who can control Io, a 12-foot half-moon bear (a trait she discovered while hiding from thugs).

            Also featured is White Fox (Ami Han), an agent of the South Korean National Intelligence Service. White Fox is a member of Kumiho, which, according to Marvel, “grants her the mystical powers of the shape-shifting nine-tailed fox.”

            War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas is a four-issue limited release written by Greg Pak with art by Gang-Hyuk Lim. The story focuses on Jimmy Woo, a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who now heads up the Atlas Foundation.

            “Jimmy Woo recruits young heroes Kamala Khan (Ms. Marvel), Amadeus Cho (Brawn), Cindy Moon (Silk), and Shang-Chi, the Master of Kung Fu, to join the rest of Atlas to neutralize Malekith”s forces on Earth,” Marvel staff said in a released statement about the comic book. “Our heroes must unite to protect the Pacific Rim as Sindr, Immortal Queen of Muspelheim, and her legions of Fire Demons march on Asia.”