Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine has highlighted the state of the world’s moral compass. While many are organizing on and off the ground to support the aggrieved people, others are using art to demonstrate.
Such is the case of El Peso Hero, the Mexican-American superhero created by Hector Rodriguez who, in the face of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s reluctance to denounce Putin’s actions, has stepped forward and will travel to Ukraine in a new issue of the comic.
As reported by NBC News, in the comic, the Red Cross calls on El Peso Hero to help find a missing volunteer in Ukraine. The Mexican superhero is initially reluctant to get involved in a conflict 7,000 miles away from his cross-border community in the U.S. But when he arrives in Kyiv, he sees that human tragedy knows no borders.
Super heroes are about HOPE. In the midst of artillery bombardment, tanks and lack of help. A family is trapped. They have no options. Until there is. The last hope that shouldn’t exist but does. @ElPesoHero protects all refugees. #Ukraine️ pic.twitter.com/h3rXIEo1zY
— RioBravoComics (@ElPesoHero) March 9, 2022
“This comic book is a direct contradiction against Mexico’s current policy on the war,” Rodriguez said about a special 18-page free online issue published Thursday, which calls on readers to support UNICEF’s relief fund for Ukrainian children.
“Mexico’s complete neutrality is very disappointing to me because it has always been there for humanitarian causes,” he said. “So if Obrador isn’t stepping up, then El Peso Hero will do the right thing for the citizens of Ukraine.”
Dressed in a simple white shirt, blue jeans, and a belt with a large buckle, El Peso Hero, created by Rodriguez in 2011, has taken on drug cartels, human traffickers, and corrupt officials while standing up for Latino families and immigrants on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Rodriguez’s comic book, “El Peso Hero,” first gained fame after the superhero punched, or “trumpazo,” presidential candidate Donald Trump on a 2015 cover in response to his campaign ad, in which he called Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals.
“Latinx superheroes are in a bubble, like they shouldn’t be put in other people’s tragedies, or they are pigeonholed into a genre or a box that sticks to a personal narrative about standing up for our own causes and our own raza, or people,” Rodriguez said.
With information from NBC News.