Synopsis: This month in The Good Asian. Suffering a traumatic loss, Edison Hark relives the pivotal and contentious moments that led a Chinese-American to become a cop in 1930s America, as the “secret origin of Edison Hark” is revealed.
After having witnessed the murder of Frankie Carroway by Hui Long. Edison thinks back to his past and what led to him becoming a detective. Indeed, this issue is packed with interesting revelations about Edison’s past. We learn how his mother taught him about observation. Specifically when it comes to watching and getting a good read on people. A tool, which is one of Edison’s best assets as a detective. But we also learn that Edison had an intimate relationship with Frankie Carroway’s sister, which is why he went off to Hawaii to join the police. We also learn how Edison got the scar that runs down his eye.
Lee Loughridge and Alexandre Tefenkgi do a nice job of the artwork in this issue. I liked their choice just to use a single colour wash for the flashback sequences to differentiate those moments from the rest of the book. I also liked the sequence of panels where Edison is talking with Wilber in the bar. As well as the dramatic images at the close of the book wear Edison has Frankie’s blood on his hands and is preparing to hide the body.
The Good Asian continues to present a wonderful Detective Noir story with some great plot twists. Pornsak Pichetshote gives us a truly complex character in Edison Hark. The panels set in the bar where Wilber tells Edison to sort of play along with things to earn the trust of an all-white police force are revealing of the time period. We get some wonderful shocks and twists in this book, which will only make the story more interesting as the plot moves forward.