10:00am PT by Graeme McMillan
First Comic Series Starring Down Syndrome Superhero Debuting with 'Superb' (Exclusive)
When Lion Forge Comics pledged to make "Comics for Everyone," it was intended as more than just a marketing slogan, and with the release of its upcoming superhero title Superb, it aims to deliver, with something an comic book series has never seen before: a superhero with Down syndrome.
Superb will be part of Lion Forge's Catalyst Prime line of superhero comics, which launches this week with the first issue of Noble and tomorrow's Catalyst Prime special release for Free Comic Book Day. Written by David F. Walker (Marvel's Nighthawk, Luke Cage) and Sheena C. Howard (author of the Eisner Award-winning Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation), with art by Ray-Anthony Height, Le Beau L. Underwood and Veronica Gandini, the series will be produced in partnership with the National Down Syndrome Society.
"Everyone faces different challenges in life, but those challenges don’t prevent us from wanting to be heroes," Lion Forge President Geoff Gerber said in a statement. "Superb is a story about two young people faced with challenges who struggle to understand one another and what it means to be heroes. But, some challenges are more difficult for many of us to understand. Luckily, NDSS is willing to help our creators explain this and to help our readers understand. Nothing could be more important when telling the story of a character who acquires powers that increase his capabilities without taking away his disabilities."
NDSS President Sara Hart Weir added, "As the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome, NDSS is thrilled to work with Lion Forge in the development of a Superb comic superhero named Jonah. We look forward to sharing Jonah’s adventures with Catalyst Prime’s wide readership to encourage the value, acceptance and inclusion of the superheroes we know exist within all people with Down syndrome."
The series will launch in July as the third ongoing Catalyst Prime title. (The second, Accell, launches next month.)