This is probably the first review I’ve done. Well, I technically did a very small review for another La Borinquena story when I interviewed Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez the writer/creator of the superhero comic book. It’s typically not something I like to do but I thought I would give it another shot and check out issue one of La Borinquena which drops December 22nd.
Now this issue of La Borinquena is almost a triple-sized issue. Most comics are about 20-22 pages each (of actual story) and this one comes in at a whopping 61 pages (based on the PDF page count) but minus the covers, some pinups, and an ad or two and the story you get is a bit over a double sized issue or in this case what amounts to a prestige format graphic novel. Which is not bad when you consider that you’re getting two stories.
So, let me first start off by saying I like the comic. Now it’s not perfect but I think the team Edgardo has put together here have done a great job and they’re all Puerto Rican. Heck, even the print shop used is Puerto Rican. Which to me is fascinating in and of itself. I’ve only ever read one other comic book with an all Puerto Rican team and that was Dave Alvarez’s comic Changuy. Overall, none of this will probably matter to those reading this review but for me, it filled me with a sense of pride (as cheesy as that sounds) and it made me feel happy to see my people come together to add to the long-running history of superhero comic books.
Now for those wondering what this book is about. Here is some info on the comic and the people behind it straight from the website.
La Borinqueña is an original character and patriotic symbol presented in a classic superhero story created and written by graphic novelist Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez. Her powers are drawn from history and mysticism found on the island of Puerto Rico. The fictional character, Marisol Rios De La Luz, is a Columbia University Earth and Environmental Sciences Undergraduate student living with her parents in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She takes a semester of study abroad in collaboration with the University of Puerto Rico. There she explores the caves of Puerto Rico and finds five similar sized crystals. Atabex, the Taino mother goddess, appears before Marisol once the crystals are united and summons her sons Yúcahu, the spirit of the seas and mountains and Juracan, the spirit of the hurricanes. They give Marisol superhuman strength, the power of flight, and control of the storms.
Written, lettered and art directed by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, edited by Matthew Barbot, illustrated by Emilio Lopez, Will Rosado, Eric Jimenez and introducing Sabrina Cintron with digitally coloring by Juan Fernandez. Cover artwork by Ralph Anthony “Rags” Morales and Emilio Lopez and a variant cover art directed by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez featuring art by a who’s who of Puerto Rican comic book professionals featuring the talents of Chris Batista, Chris Sotomayor, Emilio Lopez, Eric Jimenez, Felix Serrano, Gustavo Vazquez, Juan Fernandez, Ralph Anthony ‘Rags’ Morales, and Will Rosado.