How Marvel’s first featured Pinoy superhero can save society

Filipina superhero, Wave, will make her debut in the upcoming series “War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas.” Image from @gregpakpix on Instagram

By Jonathan Lansang/abs-cbn.com/ancx – The world could always use more heroes. Next month, the hero coming has Filipino comic book fans buzzing. Her name is Wave, and she is an all-new superhero from the Philippines created by Greg Pak and our very own Leinil Francis Yu.

There isn’t much known about Wave at this point beyond the initial media release. As part of Marvel’s ongoing War of the Realms event, it is known that she’ll attempt to stop the infernal forces of Sindr from conquering Asia, alongside Amadeus Cho and a team of heroes from across the region in the pages of War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas.

Wave is portrayed as a young morena wearing a black and green wetsuit adorned with golden armor and ethereal green wings. She wields a pair of similarly glowing emerald blades which bear a resemblance to the laring, a sword with Moro origins.

Should a live action movie made about the character, Yu thinks Angel Locsin would do the Wave role justice. But Mico Suayan, who designed Wave’s Marvel Exclusive cover with Rain Beredo, admits in a Facebook post that he based the new hero’s image off Nadine Lustre.

While Wave is the first original Pinoy character to be featured in one of Marvel’s major crossover events, there have been Filipinos in colored print in the past. In Invincible Iron Man Volume 2 published in 2008, Marvel introduced the Pangkat ng Tagumpay or Triumph Division, which consisted of a centuries-old succession of Filipino superheroes who train their whole lives to replace their elders. Their headquarters, Triumph Hall, is located in Manila, but the group also offers protection around Southeast Asia. When some of the members were killed off, iconic characters including Thor and Iron Man, paid their respects.

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