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Marvel’s Asian American Superheroes Assemble

Amadeus Cho is slowly learning how to become a team player

Amadeus Cho is a gifted young super-genius. He is easily able to identify variables and quantum possibilities in any given situation. Cho is regarded by Reed Richards as being the seventh most intelligent person on Earth. He’s also young, cocky, and reckless.

Totally Awesome Hulk #15
Totally Awesome Hulk #15

Following the events of the Secret Wars, Bruce Banner absorbed a lethal amount of radiation. Cho was able to use nanites to remove The Hulk from Bruce Banner. He then absorbed The Hulk into his own body, becoming Totally Awesome Hulk.

During the Civil War II event, Cho saved Bruce Banner from a bar fight. After the rescue, Cho revealed to Bruce that he was completely Gamma free. Amadeus gets some needed counsel from Banner on how to balance his human emotions with his monster rage.

The Big Apple Showdown Starts Here

Totally Awesome Hulk #15 opens a new story arc. Kamala Khan (Miss Marvel), Cindy Moon (Silk), Shang-chi, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Jimmy Woo and Jake Oh all make appearances in this Asian-American team-up.

Writer Greg Pak uses this issue to form relationships between heroes that clearly have as many differences as similarities. Common ground is established with the light-hearted debunking of Asian stereotypes.

Cho gets one of the best lines of the book with “Ohmagod! Asian Superheroes? What are they doing here? Is there a Kaiju attack? Where are the ninjas? Where’s The Mandarin?”

Mahmud Asrar demonstrates why he’s one of the best in the business. The story is bookended with conflict, but the scenes that really shine are the quiet moments. The reactions of each character when the group is enjoying Kalbi at a Korean BBQ are priceless. Also worth noting is the actual fight between three superheroes over who will pick up the check.


Totally Awesome Hulk #15, Marvel Comics, Released January 25, 2017, Written by Greg Pak, Art by Mahmud Asrar, Colors by Nolan Woodward, Letters by VC’s Cory Petit, $3.99

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Written by Brendan Allen

Brendan Allen has probably had more jobs than you would reasonably believe. Dog trainer? He’s done it. Flooring contractor? Yep! EMT? Army NBC specialist? Road dog for a Celtic rock band? Yes, yes, and och aye! Now he reads comics and writes about them. His kids think he's Batman, and he just may be.