HuffingtonPost: Meet Fierce Puerto Rican Teen Superhero LAK6

Voices Staff Writer, The Huffington Post

A new superhero is rocking the comic book scene with her fierce confidence and Puerto Rican roots.

Darryl Makes Comics, co-created by Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of hip hop group Run-DMC, has introduced LAK6, a 13-year-old Puerto Rican superhero, to the comic book world. The company’s editor-in-chief, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, described the character as “precocious” and “very outspoken” as she takes on the streets of 1980s New York City.

The comic book series introduces LAK6, whose real name is Leticia Lebron, as a middle school student who helps a journalist interested in learning more about the series’ vigilante DMC, based on McDaniels. Miranda-Rodriguez explained that her superhero alter ego is developed more throughout the series and that her character wasn’t created simply in the interest of diversity, given that strong female characters were part of the series from the beginning.

“Genuinely we looked at who we already had and we wanted to introduce a new character,” Miranda-Rodriguez told The Huffington Post. “We were like, ‘Well we already have these powerful characters in our books.’ Yeah, they’re women, but it’s not because they’re women that we made them into heroes. It just so happened to be that the characters in our series were already strong women.”


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