There’s a great variety of Asian characters in comics, and one of the most underrated is Yukio. Best known for her connection with Wolverine, Yukio was born in Japan and operated as a thief and rōnin, a masterless samurai. She worked as an assassin for the Yashida family, but was eventually crippled and became wheelchair bound. This didn’t stop her from living her life, which demonstrated how strong Yukio is. Most people will be familiar with the character because of 2013’s The Wolverine, where she was played by Rila Fukushima. Although the film did her justice, there’s far more depth to her.
Having a disability can be a challenging time for anyone, which is why comics have done such a great job of representing people who have problems with their sight, hearing or mobility. Deafness affects people all over the world, and a character who symbolises that struggle is Echo, AKA Maya Lopez. But Echo has never let her disability define her and she’s been able to use it as a strength. She’s also one of the few Native American superheroes in comics, which makes her even more interesting. Here is a look into her history.
The identity of a comic character can be transient, something that gets passed along to someone else. This has happened in the Batman family, and I’ve talked previously about why I believe Cassandra Cain is the greatest Batgirl, even if she isn’t the original. That title belongs to Barbara Gordon. From her earliest appearance, Babs was shown to be a resourceful and capable woman who earned Batman’s respect. But, in my opinion, it wasn’t until she became Oracle that she evolved into a timeless character.