Superb introduces the first Down syndrome superhero in comics

Lion Forge Comics has a slogan; ‘Comics for Everyone’ and they are making good on their promise.

In one of their new titles, Superb, the publishing company is introducing the world to a new kind of superhero.

“Everyone faces different challenges in life, but those challenges don’t prevent us from wanting to be heroes,” Lion Forge President, Geoff Gerber, said in a statement. “Superb is a story about two young people faced with challenges who struggle to understand one another and what it means to be heroes. But, some challenges are more difficult for many of us to understand. Luckily, NDSS is willing to help our creators explain this and to help our readers understand. Nothing could be more important when telling the story of a character who acquires powers that increase his capabilities without taking away his disabilities.”

Written by David F. Walker (Marvel’s Nighthawk, Luke Cage) and Sheena C. Howard (Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation), Superb includes artwork by Ray-Anthony Height, Le Beau L. Underwood and Veronica Gandini, the comic was released for Free Comic Book Day on May 6th.


NDSS President Sara Hart Weir added, “As the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome, NDSS is thrilled to work with Lion Forge in the development of a Superb comic superhero named Jonah. We look forward to sharing Jonah’s adventures with Catalyst Prime’s wide readership to encourage the value, acceptance and inclusion of the superheroes we know exist within all people with Down syndrome.”

The series will launch in July as the third ongoing Catalyst Prime title. (The second, Accell, launches next month.) (sc. THR)


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