Four-Color Heroes (2023)


Four-Color Heroes is an LGBTQ+, Upper YA graphic novel written and illustrated by Aotearoa/New Zealand-born creator Richard Fairgray (Black Sand Beach, Blastosaurus). It is a touching love story which follows two star-crossed young men who – in spite of their disparate backgrounds – find escape and one another through the pages of a comic book. The coming-of-age romance is set in a New Zealand high school prior to the passing of the Civil Union Act 2004 (which allowed same-sex couples to enter into a civil union).

From: Fanbase Press

Notes on This Title

The main characters of this title are a queer teen boy who is Māori and Christian, and a queer teen boy who is visually coded as white. There are depictions of homophobia, as well as of a family situation with an alcoholic parent. Additionally, the main character who is Christian is bullied for his beliefs.

A Te Reo Māori translation of this title is available digitally.


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