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Cree teenaged superhero from Moose Factory unveiled by DC Comics

Thursday April 3, 2014
Cree teenaged superhero from Moose Factory unveiled by DC Comics

A First Nations superhero was officially announced as one of several characters in a new series by DC Comics.

DC Comics recently unveiled Equinox, who is a 16-year-old Cree from Moose Factory.

Equinox has powers connected to the Earth that change with the seasons. When she’s not busy being a superhero, she is Miiyahbin of Moose Factory.

Equinox will join seven other superheroes in the series, which will split its time between Canada and space, contrasting small town life with epic space adventures.

The isolated James Bay communities of Moose Factory and Moosonee take the spotlight in the forthcoming Justice League Canada, a five-issue story arc written by comic artist Jeff Lemire for the comic series Justice League United. The stories, featuring artwork by Mike McKone, debut in April.

The new superhero is part of an upcoming Justice League United series, with the first comic to be released on April 23.

Canadian artist and writer Jeff Lemire spent time in Moosonee and Moose Factory to research for the character and got feedback on his ideas from residents.

Lemire drew from the many teens he met during his visits, including Miyapin Cheechoo.

Lemire said he was inspired by the story of Shannen Koostachin, a 15-year-old Cree activist who led efforts to lobby for funding for First Nations education. Kooostachin died in a car crash in 2010 shortly before her 16th birthday, and a youth education movement, Shannen’s Dream, was established in her memory.

Justice League United was originally rumored to be called Justice League Canada. Now, “Justice League Canada” is being used as the name of the debut story arc where Equinox will first appear. The series will split its time between Canada and space, contrasting small town life with epic space adventures.


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