We’ve read superhero comics with superheroes (and heroines) all enthusiastic about going out and saving the world but Tinkle’s new superhero, to be introduced in November’s edition, is a reluctant little girl who is bestowed with superpowers by her father but at the same time is loaded with homework and wants to maintain a social life. Also, she is a 13-year-old north-eastern girl from Mizoram’s Aizawl called Mapui Kawlim.
Mapui, the “WingStar” has a ‘super flight’ and ‘super strength’ that’s given to her by her father Tashi Kawlim who, by the way, is an inventor with Space Development Arm of the government. But this prowess invested in her seems more like a burden to her than a blessing.
However, she still considers it as her responsibility to help the ones in need despite being a little laidback.
While what’s being considered path-breaking on social media is a superhero from north-east, Tinkle Comics’ editor Rajani Thindiath doesn’t believe it’s anything new. “In Tinkle, we have always had characters who hail from different parts of the country. Mapui aka WingStar may belong to the Northeast but she’s also a regular teenage girl,” he told Catch News.
But there is no denying the fact that introducing a North-eastern superhero is a welcome step when the community has been a victim of racial attacks in various parts of the country.
This is not the first time an interesting female superhero has been introduced to Indian audience. In today’s time when people eagerly wait for events like Comic Con India, remarkable women heroes can be seen coming to the fore, like Priya from the graphic novel Priya’s Shakti is a path-breaking superhero who fights for women’s rights and equality.