Filipinos have been eagerly waiting for comic book giant Marvel’s reveal of its new Filipina character Wave ever since it was first announced last month and finally, she’s here.
Comic book writer Greg Pak revealed Wave’s look on Twitter on Saturday but fans still can’t get enough of her. Pak shared that the new superhero was designed by Filipino comic book artist Leinil Francis Yu.
“As announced at @sxsw, I’m thrilled to share the great @leinilyu’s stunning design of WAVE, Marvel’s new Filipino superhero! Gorgeous colors by @sunnygho!” Pak wrote in the tweet.
As announced at @sxsw, I'm thrilled to share the great @leinilyu's stunning design of WAVE, Marvel's new Filipino superhero! Gorgeous colors by @sunnygho! She'll appear for the first time in WAR OF THE REALMS: NEW AGENTS OF ATLAS #1 in May, with art by Gang-Hyuk Lim! pic.twitter.com/cZhwXbQ1FG
— Greg Pak (@gregpak) March 9, 2019
The Pinay superhero will appear in the new series War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas #1 which comes out in May.
Wave has a gold and green ensemble and carries two sword-like weapons. While not much is known about her yet, she is described as “a mysterious new Filipino heroine” in Marvel’s website.
Wave will team up with heroes from China named Aero and Sword Master. The story is set in Asia and will revolve around the New Agents of Atlas led by Amadeus Cho (aka Brawn, previously the Hulk). Others who will join the team are Chinese Kung-Fu master Shang-Chi, Korean-American heroine Silk, and S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Jimmy Woo.
The new series is part of the upcoming Marvel storyline War of the Realms which will have four issues. The first issue was written by Greg Pak and Gang-Hyuk Lim, with a cover by Billy Tan.
With the big reveal, Pinoy netizens lauded Marvel for adding more Filipino representation into its universe.
“#BlackPanther represented the black community. #CaptainMarvel raised the flag for women. And now I am hearing news about a new Marvel hero representing the Filipino race named #Wave,” said Twitter user @sherlocknorms. “I have so much respect for the #MCU for celebrating EQUALITY in all forms.”
I have so much respect for the #MCU for celebrating EQUALITY in all forms.
— Maxwel John ☊ (@sherlocknorms) March 10, 2019
“Growing up, I never thought I’d see a Filipina superhero. Just at this. Introducing WAVE,” wrote Twitter user @Heidi_Does.
— Heidi Carmichael (@Heidi_Does) March 10, 2019
“MARVEL JUST INTRODUCED THEIR FIRST FILIPINA SUPERHERO AND HER NAME IS WAVE AND SHES ACTUALLY DESIGNED BY A FILIPINO ARTIST IM LITERALLY SOBBING OH MY GOD,” said @ghostofthor.
MARVEL JUST INTRODUCED THEIR FIRST FILIPINA SUPERHERO AND HER NAME IS WAVE AND SHES ACTUALLY DESIGNED BY A FILIPINO ARTIST IM LITERALLY SOBBING OH MY GOD pic.twitter.com/cRSHDlRDle
— yes i am filipino (@ghostofthor) March 9, 2019
Twitter user @jeannieDV wrote: “Wow! Me (sic) have a Filipino Marvel superhero!!”
— TigerIsAFan ᴬᴰᴺ (@jeannieDV) March 10, 2019
“A MARVEL FILIPINO SUPER HERO COMIN OUT MAN!!!! Wave comin thruuuu,” said @andredlsrys21.
A MARVEL FILIPINO SUPER HERO COMIN OUT MAN!!!! Wave comin thruuuu
— (@andredlsrys21) March 10, 2019
This isn’t the first time a Filipino character was featured in a Marvel comic book. The Triumph Division is a superhero group based in the Philippines that debuted in Invincible Iron Man #2 in 2008.