Positive Diversity: IDW’s GI Joe Introduces First Filipino Team Member

The Inquirer announced Larry Hama’s GI Joe series from IDW is going to add a native of the Philippines to its military cast:


“G.I. Joe” comics will be introducing its first-ever Filipino Joe (yes, not Juan) in the form of Nestor Abuba, who has been aptly given the codename Multo.

Multo, which means ghost in Filipino, will be introduced in “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero” issue #283, which will be released in June.

[…] Multo will be debuting alongside another new Joe named Olivia Baipaj, who goes by the codename Black Hat, a computer hacking specialist, according to Davis.



The last name of the woman sounds like the name Bajpai, which comes from India, and I’d say this is a good step in adding a form of diversity I find far more plausible than the forced diversity propaganda the Big Two have ruined their superhero fare with in the past decade. But I’ll be even more impressed when Hama and company start introducing cast members to GI Joe originating from countries like Cameroon, Denmark, Armenia, Portugal, France, Serbia, Columbia, New Zealand, Thailand, Bulgaria and Chile.


And most importantly, there can’t be any political agenda strings attached, like hinging their introduction almost entirely on whether they’re LGBT representatives, which has become a sad, cliched staple of recent. Avoiding agendas is how you prove you’re serious in being creative with diverse casting.




Originally published here.

Avi Green

Avi Green was born in Pennsylvania in 1974, and moved to Israel in 1983. He enjoyed reading comics when he was young, the first being Fantastic Four. He maintains a strong belief in the public's right to knowledge and accuracy of facts. He considers himself a conservative-style version of Clark Kent. Follow him on his blog at Four Color Media Monitor or on Twitter at @avigreen1