Growing up, comics books were an integral part of our lives. And back then Tinkle became a name synonymous with comics. After all who can forget the idiosyncrasies of Suppandi, Shikari Shambhu and co. But how many of you know that last year Tinkle Comics had introduced their latest superhero in a little girl from Northeast India?
Meet Mapui AKA Wingstar…
Mapui is a 13-year-old girl from a middle class family living in Aizawl. She is a naturally reluctant girl and preferring to play cricket than being a superhero. She is a regular school girl, but would try to avoid home works, and with a deep seated hatred for mathematics.
Superheroes are portrayed as no-nonsense tough guys who can smash the living daylights out of the bad guys in the blink of an eye. However our sweet little Mapui is rather actively reluctant to fight crime and would skip a robbery bust for a much needed sleepover in a heartbeat.
She became a superhero after testing the inventions of her father Tashi Kawlim, who is an inventor working with the Government. Her gadgets are rocket thrusters that can make a speed of 110 km per hour, iron fists that can break brick walls, and reinforced robotic arms that can lift a ton of weight. Wearing a white and green suit, she fights criminals at night as her alias Wingstar. The signals of criminal activity are indicated by a special wristwatch, which allows her to receive notification at the same time as the police.
Purpose of introducing Wingstar
Introducing Wingstar is an attempt towards dispelling the stereostypes that surround the people of Northeast India. There are opinions in the mainland India that northeast India is more closely allied to China than to India. This has resulted in outcries of racial stereotyping and discrimination. And Wingstar might be the answer in doing the same. Editor Rajni Thindiath commented ‘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.’