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The Good Asian #5 (of 10)

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Universal acclaim

Based on 7 critic ratings.

Suffering a traumatic loss, Edison Hark relives the pivotal and contentious moments that led a Chinese-American to become a cop in 1930s America, as the “secret origin of Edison Hark” is revealed.

“Fantastic.”—JEFF LEMIRE (GIDEON FALLS, Sweet Tooth)

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
31 pages
Amazon ASIN

Cover Artist
Variant Cover Artist

7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Picheshote once again delivers stunning insight into the hearts and minds of people of color, especially immigrants. Hark’s struggle to be seen, and illusions to his status of model minority are both heartbreaking and relatable. It is especially painful to watch his romantic and work relationships.

    There is an understanding of the U.S. that is always forefront in the mind of people of color. And Hark’s battle with believing in an inherently discriminatory system while simultaneously trying to change it is no different than what we face today. His final actions in this issue and its results are a reflection of his ideas. And I’m curious to find out how this situation will play out.

    I can’t say enough good things about this series. I appreciate the bravery and honesty that Picheshote puts into this story line. And his dedication to historical accuracy is admirable. I also hope that readers pay attention to the ending section of this comic as it is filled with interesting information regarding the time period of the saga.

    The Art: Stylistically noir images fill this issue. And detailed drawings are used to emphasize character form and expression. Overall, I found the artwork emotionally engaging and appealing.

  • 100

    Black Nerd Problems

    The Good Asian #5 answered a simple question: how did Edison Hark get into this brilliant mess of a situation? It answers that question in the most thrilling and emotionally resonating way possible, and I cannot wait for The Good Asian #6 to answer how the hell he’s going to get out of it.

  • 100

    The Good Asian #5 heads back into time and shows us how its protagonist Edison Hark became the morally compromised man he is today. Like all good noir stories, Hark’s tragic backstory involves a woman, but we see how the racist laws (and racist attitudes) of 1930s California shaped Hark into rejecting happiness and losing his moral compass. It’s a brutal and brilliant issue, one made more poignant by the fact that in the present day Hark lost the closest person he had to a brother. This is a must-read series, one of the best of the year.

  • 97


    The Good Asian continues to present a wonderful Detective Noir story with some great plot twists. Pornsak Pichetshote gives us a truly complex character in Edison Hark. The panels set in the bar where Wilber tells Edison to sort of play along with things to earn the trust of an all-white police force are revealing of the time period. We get some wonderful shocks and twists in this book, which will only make the story more interesting as the plot moves forward.

  • 90

    Lotusland Comics

    ‘The Good Asian’ continues to be a must-read into its second arc. Even when the main story takes a break to expand on Edison’s upbringing, there’s no lack of intrigue or drama. It’s all wonderfully told in tandem with captivating visuals. One of the year’s best comics doesn’t miss a beat as Edison’s troubles escalate.

  • 87

    Major Spoilers

  • 80

    Bleeding Cool

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