By Gregg McQueen
This Puertorriqueña is packing.
The latest comic book superhero is fighting foes and taking names — in English and Spanish.
She’s La Borinqueña, a young female heroine who draws her powers from a collection of ancient crystals found on the island of Puerto Rico. She has superhuman strength, the ability to fly and control over storms, and her great responsibility is protecting the people of the island.
La Borinqueña, whose superhero garb is inspired by the Puerto Rican flag, was created by designer, writer and graphic novelist Edgardo Miranda-Rodríguez.
The character stars in La Borinquena, an original comic book released in December by Miranda-Rodríguez’s design studio Somos Arte.
Miranda-Rodríguez, who is of Puerto Rican descent, said he first devised the concept for La Borinqueña about a year ago, amid personal concerns about the island’s debt crisis and the global environment.
“It was important to me to have an extremely patriotic character, with traditional superhero storytelling,” he remarked.
He noted that while superheroes have taken over mainstream and popular culture, the genre still lacked Latino characters.