The Good Asian #1

Writer: Pornsak Pichetshote Artist: Alexandre Tefenkgi Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: May 5, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 19
9.3Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

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Writer PORNSAK PICHETSHOTE's long-awaited follow-up to the critically acclaimed INFIDEL with stunning art by ALEXANDRE TEFENKGI (OUTPOST ZERO)! Following Edison Hark-a haunted, self-loathing Chinese-American detective-on the trail of a killer in 1936 Chinatown, THE GOOD ASIAN is Chinatown noir starring the first generation of Americans to come of age under an immigration ban, the Chinese, as they're besieged by rampant murders, abusive police, and a world that seemingly never changes.

"With snappy period dialogue and deftly engaging art, PORNSAK and ALEX have crafted a gripping and authentic crime story from an Asian-American POV. T more

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Olivier Roth May 5, 2021

    The Good Asian is the type of comic that might be slept on, but really shouldn’t. When reviewing comics, you don’t always go out and pick up your own, but this is one comic that will be added to my pull list. And you should add it to yours as well. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 1, 1970

    The irony that The Good Asian arrives in the wake of so much disgusting anti-Asian sentiment is not unnoticed. Titles like this are so important to celebrate the Asian experience in America and help show the ugly side of American history. If it can also be told in a title as engaging as The Good Asian that's even better. Don't miss out on this one. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Mar 24, 2021

    This is a fantastic mystery story and even more fantastic examination of Chinese-American life in the late 1930's. This is a book that swings for the fences and has managed to land in the stars because of its ambition and the clear amount of work that went into it. It's not too late to add this to your pull. I know I will be. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geek'd Out - Michael Thao May 5, 2021

    Pichetshote and Tefenkgi have crafted a smart and tightly-paced Chinatown noir that takes on the model minority theory head-on. In The Good Asian,actual working class Asian Americans are featured, and it isn't exactly glamorous. Tefenkgi's pencils are a surprising fit for this gritty 1930s noir tale, and Loughridge's use of colors makes each section of the story pop. The Good Asian is an evocative title, and, thankfully, it delivers. And like any good mystery, itkeeps you on your toes and eagerly flipping pages. Be sure to pick up a copy ofThe Good Asian #1 wherever you get your comicbooks. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Gonzalo M Jan 1, 1970

    I think every creative mind behind The Good Asian stepped up to bat and hit a grand slam. The Good Asian #1 is emotional, intense, suspenseful and an interesting look into the crime noir genre, flashing a detectives flickering flashlight into the dark corners of history. Not many reviews deserve perfect ratings, but this one blew me away. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Impulse Gamer - Tim Chuma Apr 27, 2021

    An interesting start to the series and I would recommend it if you like mystery stories and noir themes. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Christian Hoffer May 5, 2021

    The Good Asian #1 is one of the strongest debuts of 2021 so far. Not only is the comic a poignant tale on its own, its subject and protagonist are especially striking given recent events. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lotusland Comics - Hank Rea May 5, 2021

    'The Good Asian' #1 establishes 'Infidel' writer Pornsak Pichetshote once again as a master of genre with another dark tale with underlining social commentary. This time it's noir crime fiction that's as engrossing and stylish as any we've ever read. Tefenkgi and Loughridge create a moody and menacing atmosphere that drips with style and creativity. 'The Good Asian' delivers a captivating noir story while shattering preconceived notions about who gets to tell these stories. It's the best debut of the week if not the year.  Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Anthony Wendel Mar 16, 2021

    A deep and hard-hitting story complimented by fantastic art. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen May 12, 2021

    Overall. This first issue of ‘The Good Asian' sets the world and story up brilliantly. I was left wanting to know what was coming next. I also appreciated the addition of the writer's notes and observation on the last couple of pages, which filled you in on a little of the history that the book is grounded in. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield May 5, 2021

    It's an intense read, but one that earns every bit of that intensity in excellent storytelling. It's another must-read from Image. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott May 5, 2021

    Tefenkgi uses traditional artwork to set the scene for this period thriller. This is enhanced by a color palette that constantly changes, depending on the tone of the scene. The result is quite magnificent. Its brilliant, nuanced, and greatly enhances the reader's immersion into the tale. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bookcase - Jacob Cordas May 5, 2021

    The Good Asian #1 is a phenomenal addition to the world of crime comics, a necessary and daring creation. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Ronnie Gorham May 5, 2021

    The Good Asian #1 not only starts conversations, but is a memorable and impactful comic. It's great to see stories that show the progress we've made over time and the bridges we still need to cross. Pichetshote and Tefenkgi's vision rings loud and clear. It'll be interesting to see how far they push the envelope with future issues. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett May 5, 2021

    The Good Asian #1 is a fantastic comic. You can enjoy it for its detective story alone. But, it's the details that really build out the issue and series. It has an authenticity about it that feels like it props up its main story. It's a hard comic to read at times with the racism thrown around, but that adds to the authenticity. This is a comic for fans that love a good noir story to chew on or like a little bit of history in what they read. A hell of a start. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Manzo May 10, 2021

    A great introduction that finishes with a solid hook to check out #2. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott May 5, 2021

    This is a great thriller. It provides a fascinating commentary on racism and social injustice, both past and present, and its a story that you really should be reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Apr 30, 2021

    The Good Asian offers a unique spin on a classic formula, ironically updating a tired trope for the modern age, while addressing the sins of the past. While it is likely to only appeal to genre enthusiasts, fans of noir detective stories will find this to be an engaging change of pace, If the rest of this series continues in this vein, Edison Hark will be able to stand alongside Spade and Marlowe in the annals of great detectives. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu May 5, 2021

    The art provides that noir feel. But as sometimes happens in these type of stories, some characters are hard to tell apart. Due to similar outfits. It tells the story fine but does not stand out. Read Full Review

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