New Comic Book Celebrates Diversity and Superhero Single Moms

Raising Dion features a young superhero boy and his equally heroic single mom.

While differences abound, many superhero stories look, sound, and feel the same. That’s why writer Dennis Liu and illustrator Jason Piperberg decided to create a new kind of comic book, one that focuses not only on a “young boy with superpowers,” but his outrageously brave and powerful single mom. Called Raising Dion, Liu hopes that he can bust conventions—with a simple badass comic.

Raising Dion tells the story of Dion, a seven-year-old boy with superpowers, and his single black mom, trying to teach him how to use his powers responsibly. As Liu explains, he was interested in more than just his protagonist’s powers. Superheroes aren’t always born “moral”—it takes a great parent (in this case, Dion’s mom, Nicole) to teach them how to use their powers for good. Liu told Fusion: “If these key parental figures did not raise these superheroes correctly, then who knows what Clark Kent or Bruce Wayne would have become … Parents instill a value system.”

Nicole might not have classic superpowers, but she is just as powerful as her son. And Liu isn’t just interested in her in relation to Dion, either. As the trailer above shows, the story comes from two places—the boy’s eyes, and his mother’s. Take a look at the awesome first issue here.

(Via Fusion)