If you can survive being fifteen, you’re a superhero.
Oh I’m always here for some comics, especially with female leads. Curiosity pinged. And if the female main characters are WOC? Now you have my attention. I saw the first issue of Quince first pop up on Comixology and bought it, ecstatic. More Latina superheroes and protagonists in comics is always welcomed in by book. I have favorites, like the only America we acknowledge aka Marvel’s America Chavez and Jonesy from BOOM! Studios. Lupe, the star at the center of Quince just may be well on her way to joining them. Issue #1 of Quince opens to an eager Lupe aka Lupita hyped about her upcoming quinceañera, the celebration of her fifteen birthday.
Focus on Lupe & The Women in her family
I love stories that focus on girls and women, we need to see ourselves being centered in the media we consume. Comics are no different. Sure we get an introduction to her immediate family but it is Lupe’s story. It’s her tale. What I also love is the connection that our girl has to her abuela. Seeing their bond is magic in itself because Grandmas are awesome. Lupe’s inheritance of her magical powers is a sort of coming of age secret in her family that Abuela Emma has more insight on.
An Origin Story of A Superhero that’s NOT Tragic
Yes, you read that right. Ain’t no Uncle Ben here, fam. I didn’t even have to wipe away any tears from seeing anyone’s madre get merked either. Sure, Lupe isn’t battling baddies in the 616 Universe or apart of a team that’s tasked with saving the world but her story is still fun to read and she’s still very much a valid character whom we’ve yet to truly get to know.
As a teenager, she may not have it all together and on occasion may have her freak-out moments. She may have her insecurities but there’s one thing for sure that she isn’t insecure about or ashamed of and that is being in her own skin by way of being Latina. She adores her Quinceanera dress that her abuela made personally for her and has an keen awareness of not seeing people who look like her represented as superheroes.
What else? It’s an all ages story. Recommendation ages 9+. What else is cool? Accessibility! All three issues so far have been translated into Spanish and future issues will also be. Literacy is certainly a cause I rally up for and for comics to be able to be translated hypes me up even more. I’m here for expanding your audience for those who love comics…Lupita isn’t hypersexualized either. Y’all remember #TeensThatLookLikeTeens (created by Tee Franklin)? Lastly, the creative team is a majority of three woman out a four-person creative team: the creator and co-writer Sebastian Kadlecik is joined by co-writer Kit Steinkellner, artist Emma Steinkellner, AND translator Vale Tranier.
I’ll be waiting for the next issue of Quince to drop. Pick up issues #1-3 digitally at Comixology. Read up and follow Fanbase Press for a heads up for when the next issue arrives. Be sure to follow Quince’s official Facebook page and Twitter as well.