You can tell Wonder Woman to step aside, because Puerto Rico is getting a brand new super-heroine, named La Borinqueña.
With a name derived from the original Taino name of the commonwealth island, which is also currently the name of Puerto Rico’s anthem, she is the alter-ego of a Puerto Rican woman named Marisol Rios De La Luz, whose costume is based off of the Puerto Rican flag.
De La Luz is said to have power over nature. “La Borinqueña has the powers of nature — such as hurricanes, the sea and the sun — and protects Puerto Rico from natural disasters. Her greatest power…will be showing Puerto Ricans — those on the island and in the United States — that the power to make Puerto Rico better lies within them as much as it does inside of her.”
Her creator, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, known as the owner of Studio Edgardo, has said that she is not going to be a crime-fighter per-se, but will represent the strength of the Puerto Rican people.
The character was unveiled during a news conference fro the 59th annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade in Manhattan, and is expected to celebrate “Puerto Rican contributions to the comic-book industry.”
This is not Miranda-Rodriguez’s first crack at producing a Puerto Rican superhero. His studio had produced artwork for Matt Barbot’s El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom, a play which details the story of a Puerto Rican comic book artist who goes insane from being unable to sell his character. The artist takes on the fictional identity he created (the titular El Coqui, named after a Puerto Rican frog) with the help of a bewitched carnival mask, and tries to debut it at another Puerto Rican themed parade.
Man, if that is not life imitating art…the parade, not the going insane bit…I don’t know what is!