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Champions #21 To Introduce Marvel's Latest Snow Justice Warrior

Written by Tim Midura on Thursday, April 26 2018 and posted in News with Benefits

Champions #21 To Introduce Marvel's Latest Snow Justice Warrior

Snowguard is a teenager of Inuit ancestry with the power to shapeshift and take on different animal traits.

Source: CBC

Changes are coming to the Marvel Universe, or at least the Champions universe, starting with Champions #21. The issue will see the addition of the latest team member Snowguard, the Snow Justice Warrior or SJW for short. Snowguard is a teen girl of Inuit ancestry with the power to shapeshift and take on different animal traits. Amka Aliyak gains her powers from the Inuit spirit force known as Sila, a concept taken from indigenous beliefs. 

Writer Jim Zub consulted with Nyla Innuksuk, founder of the Toronto-based virtual reality production company Mixtape VR, who, like Amka, is of Inuit descent. Innuksuk spoke to CBC about the character.

"I was really excited to hear that there would be an Inuk superhero in the Marvel Universe... Inuit are oral storytellers and our myths and legends are full of spirits and characters that take both human and animal forms, so I was excited to see how those elements could be interpreted within the structure of a graphic novel. There is a certain amount of hesitancy that I feel when I hear about a non-Indigenous organization interpreting Inuit culture for a commercial project. What I valued with Champions was that Jim and the team at Marvel had reached out early in the process to have input from an Inuk collaborator."

Innuksuk went on to express her joy at the positive portrayal of an Indigenous character.

"Amka is an activist and cares about real issues. In the Arctic there are a lot of things to fight for; food security, environmental impact, social issues, lack of cetera. To see a young woman fighting for her community is the kind of story that needs to be told. Indigenous women are often represented in mainstream media as victims, and to see a powerful young person who is fighting back against what she sees as wrong has the potential to make a real difference."

Champions #21, written by Zub with art by Sean Izaakse, is set to release June 20, 2018,


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Born in the frozen tundra of Massachusetts, Tim Midura has long possessed a love for comic books and records. After stealing the beard of Zeus and inventing the pizza bagel, a much more heavily tattooed and bearded Tim Midura has finally settled in San Diego. He's the world's first comics journalist who doesn't want to become a comics writer. Find him on twitter, facebook or by email.

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