LAK6 to the rescue!
The first-ever Puerto Rican girl superhero has finally arrived in “DMC #1.5,” a graphic novel from DMC Comics — or Darryl Makes Comics created by Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of Run DMC. The announcement was made this year's New York Comic Con.
“There actually isn’t any other like her,” says editor-in-chief Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez of DMC Comics.
“The thing about LAK6 is she’s not a derivative of a male character. She’s not Supergirl, she’s not Batgirl, she’s not DMCgirl, she’s LAK6. She’s her own strong woman and she’s a badass,” he says about the development of the 13-year-old character.
“She’s a child so she’s not illustrated in a sexual fashion as women tend to be objectified in comic books,” he states proudly.
As if that wasn’t enough to make you want to jump up and cheer, LAK6’s back-story certainly will.
“Her name is Leticia Lebron and she was actually introduced in the first graphic novel as a graffiti writer, who goes by the tag LAK6,” he explains.
The young Boricua superhero, who specializes in wing chun — the martial arts style that was the foundation of Bruce Lee’s teaching — is also based on some fierce Latinas in history like Iris Morales, the first woman to join the Young Lords Party, an activist group in the late 60s and 70s, and Lady Pink, a pioneering graffiti writer in the 70s and 80s, from Ecuador.
In the story, LAK6 is a guide for a journalist who wants to know more about the mysterious vigilante called DMC.
“The only thing that’s different about the DMC comic book character is he doesn’t grow up to be a rapper,” McDaniels explains. “In this world my super powers are hip hop and rock and roll.”
Plus, the story takes place Chelsea neighborhood of New York City.
“Back in the days, this was a very thriving working class, low income Puerto Rican community,” Miranda-Rodriguez explains. “It gives us an opportunity to use that moment in New York City’s history as a backdrop for these characters.”
LAK6 is also a foster child on the brink of adoption, which is largely based on McDaniels’ life as he found out at the age of 35 that he was adopted and currently does philanthropic work with children in the foster care system.
“The six in her name stands for the age she lost her parents in a fire,” Miranda-Rodriguez explains.
“In New York City, there were constantly families being forced out of their home as a result of arson. There’s actually quite a few documentaries that were made about this like ‘The Bronx is Burning.’ So LAK6 is a child that actually suffered as a result of these arson fires that happened in NYC and she lost her family,” he added.
When McDaniels first created his independent publishing house in 2013 he says it was then that he finally realized what his life’s journey was really all about.
“It was my destiny to be the third member of Run DMC because I was given a power that I didn’t know I was going to use later to save people,” he says.
“I’m doing this music for the youth of the streets to relate with them and then I become this super gigantic king ruler superhero personification in hip hop,” McDaniels recalls about the peek of his musical career. “The DMC thing was just a set up for what I was really supposed to do because what I do in the book as a superhero I really did with hip hop,” he adds.