New Delhi, Nov 2: A 13-year-old Mizoram girl is the new superhero in Tinkle Comics.
According to the Catch News, Mapui Kawlim is a laidback 13-year-old from a middle-class household of Aizawl who would rather play cricket with friends than be a wonder kid. Or Wingstar, as she's called in the comic.
Mapui is a reluctant superhero with gadgets for "super flight' and "super strength" provided by her father Tashi Kawlim who is an inventor working for the Space Development Arm of the government.
Despite her reluctance, though, Mapui clearly has a generous dose of her father's genes and learns to use Rocket Thrusters, Iron Fists and Reinforced Robotic Arms.
She also becomes her neighbourhood's unofficial saviour in between attending school, dreading math homework and keeping up with sleepover commitments.
To up her energy levels and to give her a semblance of a normal life, her father decides to give her a super-secret superhero boost.
The new superhero may help dispel stereotypes associated with the people of the eight Northeastern states who have been victims of so many racial attacks in cities such as New Delhi and Bengaluru that authorities had to step in to ban the use of pejoratives such as 'chinky'.
"In Tinkle, we have always had characters who hail from different parts of the country. Mapui aka WingStar may belong to the Northeast but she's also a regular teege girl," Tinkle Comics' editor Rajani Thindiath was quoted as saying by the website.
Tinkle has had two female superheroes previously -SuperWeirdos with Aisha in the lead and Maya headlining the futuristic PsyMage series, set in an era when magic is power.
"We need more iconic female heroes to join the plethora of enduring male comic characters in the country - Suppandi, Shikari Shambu and Tantri the Mantri. Over half of the children in our country are female after all."
Tinkle was launched 35 years ago and despite losing some ground in recent years, still has a dedicated following.