New cartoon uses Mayan culture to explore Mexican superhero representation

Mexican representation in superhero comics is lacking, and a new cartoon from AWA Studios, Primos, draws on Mayan culture to correct this.

Warning: contains preview images for Cousin # 1!

An upcoming title from AWA Studios, Cousins, will draw on Mayan mythology to address the lack of Mexican representation in superhero comics. Cousins (Spanish for “cousins”) will be written by Al Madrigal, a writer, actor and comedian known for roles on The daily show and the coming Morbius, with art by Carlo Barberi. The first issue will go on sale in print and digital on 2 Februarynd. The first issue, and all subsequent issues, will be published in both Spanish and English editions.

Over the past three years, AWA Studios has established itself as one of the most dynamic comic book publishers in America. AWA is led by former Marvel publisher Bill Jemas and former Marvel and DC editor Axel Alonso, who serves as Chief Creative Officer. The company has published books in a variety of genres, with some of today’s top talents at the helm; some of AWA’s offerings include the revenge thriller Bad mother by Christa Faust and Mike Deodato as well The resistance, written by J. Michael Straczynski with art by Deodato. Cousins, the company’s next offering, is a superhero title, described by Alonso as “Latinx Guardians of the Galaxy”And now ScreenRant is proud to give fans a first look.


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In a press release from AWA, Alonso stated Cousins grew out of his and author Al Madrigal’s desire to work together on a book that would allow them to “share [their] Mexican heritage “and create” the ultimate Latinx heroes for the 21stst century. “Both Alonso and Madrigal feel that the representation of Mexicans in superhero comics was lacking and created Cousins to address this. Based on the rich traditions of Mayan culture, Cousins begins in the distant past when two brothers build a spaceship and leave Earth to explore the galaxy. Thousands of years later, the brothers return to find the Mayan culture ruined. One of the brothers swears revenge, and the other, in an attempt to stop his brother, activates the defenders of the world, also descendants of the two brothers – the titular Cousins. These new masters must save the Earth before it’s too late.

Representation has become a major problem for the comic book industry and steps are being taken to confront it. In addition to aggressively recruiting more diverse talent, publishers are also throwing spotlights on color characters as well as LGBTQIA2S + characters. Author Madrigal discusses this need for representation in the press release, saying “everyone, including Latinos, should be able to see heroic, but flawed, bad versions of themselves represented in the media.” Cousins tackles this directly, with not only Latino characters, but takes it a step further by actually exploring and drawing on the Mayan culture that informs them, as well as the destructive effects of imperialism and colonialism.

Since their first titles in 2019, AWA Studios has brought readers some of the finest comics published today and the company is preparing their biggest release to date: Cousins, a unique book that draws on Mayan culture to create a superhero epic that will also address issues of Mexican representation.

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