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The Good Asian #2 (of 10)

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Universal acclaim

Based on 9 critic ratings.

The Chinatown noir keeps flipping the genre on its head, as Edison Hark comes face to face with a killer—and more suffering, lust, and soul than he’d ever imagine in Chinatown.

“A smart, classic noir drenched in style and history.” – JAMES TYNION IV (Batman)

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
31 pages
Amazon ASIN

Cover Artist
Variant Cover Artist

9 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Lotusland Comics

    ‘The Good Asian’ #2 delves deeper into the mysterious disappearance of Ivy Chen. Hark pounds the pavement looking for clues and comes across the legend of exiled hatchet man Hui Long. Noir crime fiction is alive and well in the hands of Pichetshote, Tefenkgi, and Loughridge. ‘The Good Asian’ is a flawless piece of intrigue, suspense, and historical drama.

  • 100

    Black Nerd Problems

    I love The Good Asian. Every issue offers a thrilling entry, a window to a past that can help parse what is happening in the world today, and I cannot recommend the book enough. This is going to be one of the foundational noirs in modern fiction in years to come, and you owe to yourself to keep current.

  • 100

    The Good Asian #2 continues on a strong first issue with another lurid look into San Francisco during the 1930s. This comic really showcases Edison Hark’s personality. To be frank, Edison is a bit of a scumbag, albeit one created out of the circumstances of his upbringing and era. The comic shows him as a tortured soul caught in between two worlds, who isn’t afraid to rat out anyone in order to secure his own safety. I’m impressed that The Good Asian keeps Edison feel sympathetic while not shying away from his destructive tendencies. He’s not necessarily a good person, but he’s a very solid noir protagonist.

  • 98


    Much like last month. Writer Pornsak Pichetshote writes a bit of a closing editorial in which he talks about the conditions that the Chinese lived in during the early part of the 20th century when this book is set. It’s truly eye-opening to read about this and Pichetshote gives a brilliant commentary about it. Being that I was born and raised in the UK. I have very little knowledge of American History. So this is sort of a bit of education insofar as hearing a Chinese Perspective on this particular point in history. Whereas most hard-boiled Noir Detective stories are very much from a Western perspective.

  • 98

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: This is a content heavy episode with some very interesting reveals. But, while the action and detective work is well done and entertaining, I am drawn to the internal conflict of Detective Hark. Pichetshote’s delivery of the moral and psychological dilemma of a person of color in a white-centric environment is masterfully crafted. And I am once again impressed with the level of research used to recreate 1930s Chinatown. I also highly recommend reading the historical end notes of this issue. I am completely invested in this series, and eagerly await the next installment.

    Art: Tefenkgi uses a relatively minimalist drawing style. A muted palate in a myriad of hues change with tone, location, and character interaction. I like how even though this issue is filled with color, it never loses its cool, noir feel. This edition feels like a period piece. It is immediately transportive and engaging.

  • 95

    Lyles Movie Files

  • 90


  • 90

    Major Spoilers

  • 80

    Multiversity Comics

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