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The Good Asian #1 (of 10)

Comicscore Index
Universal acclaim

Based on 18 critic ratings.

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.

“Edison Hark immediately joins the ranks of Phillip Marlowe and Sam Spade in a smart, classic noir drenched in style and history.”—JAMES TYNION IV (DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH, Batman)

“A gripping and authentic crime story from an Asian-American POV. This is the book I’ve been waiting for!”—CLIFF CHIANG (PAPER GIRLS)

“A brittle story that takes place during an unfamiliar time in our history that is tragically all too familiar now in our present.”—BRIAN AZZARELLO (100 Bullets, MOONSHINE)

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
38 pages
Amazon ASIN

Cover Artist
Variant Cover Artist

18 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    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. This comic is a reminder of how brutal and racist America has been to Chinese-Americans, while also delivering a great noir mystery that could become an instant classic when completed.

  • 100

    Comics: The Gathering

    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.

  • 100

    Lyles Movie Files

    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.

  • 100

    Black Nerd Problems

    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.

  • 100

    Geek'd Out

    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

  • 100

    Lotusland Comics

    ‘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.

  • 100

    Impulse Gamer

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

  • 98

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    The Good Asian #1 is the start of a gritty, intense, and engaging comic series. This is a book every fan of mystery and intrigue needs to read — not only because it is a good detective story, but also because it conveys a deep look at humanity beneath it all. It’s the start of something big, and everyone needs to pick up the issue so they can enjoy the ride.

  • 97


  • 95

    The Super Powered Fancast

  • 95

    Geek Dad

  • 90

    Graphic Policy

  • 90


  • 90

    Comics Bookcase

  • 85

    Multiversity Comics

  • 80

    Big Comic Page

  • 80


  • 60

    The Comicbook Dispatch

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