G.I. Joe welcomes first Filipino character

Representation matters. It feels encouraging when you see someone you can relate to on a mainstream pop culture platform such as pop culture movies and comic books.

Well, it looks like Filipinos will get to be represented on a global platform once again as the mega popular comic book G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero is set to introduce its first-ever Filipino character. Yes, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #283 will see the debut of former Philippine Special Forces member Nestor Abuba–codename: MULTO.

Multo will be making his first appearance alongside another new character, Olivia Baipaj, a.k.a., BLACK HAT, according to G.I. Joe toy collector Diana Davis’s Twitter account. Very little is known about Multo and Black Hat’s back story, but these new characters will surely play huge roles in #283’s “Murder by Assassination” plot.

To hype you up even further, he’s a synopsis of the comic book as per PhilStarLife.com:

“Murder by Assassination” Part 3! Murder, mystery, and mayhem continue as the newest JOE continues her investigation into Cobra chaos. Can she, with the help of some special friends, solve the mystery and save the day before it’s too late? The plot thickens as Living Legend Larry Hama and superstar artist Andrew Griffith (Transformers), continue their bombastic tale featuring the exciting new JOE team member–codename: SHERLOCK!”

Excited to get to know Multo? If you’re looking to get your very own copy of this comic book, you can pre-order a copy from Filbar. The retail price for both Cover A and B variants at P240. 

Knowing how many Filipinos have served in the military alongside Americans, it sure feels awesome to see a Pinoy in such an iconic pop culture title. Doesn’t that just make you feel proud to be Pinoy?

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