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Writer Kayden Phoenix didn't see any Latinas in superhero movies. So she created her own universe

Over the past several years, we’ve seen the global film industry work to diversify its comic book superheroes — except, it seems, when it comes to a Latina superhero.

Until recently, minorities have been underrepresented in the comic book world, and the burden to create these characters and their narratives has often fallen to smaller, independent producers of comics and graphic novels.

Kayden Phoenix is not just occupying that space — she is blowing it up.

Within the last couple of years, she, along with a team of Latina artists and writers, has created a universe of Latina superheroes portrayed in graphic novel form. The first five books provide their origin stories, while the sixth, due out this summer, will bring them all together on a super team, known as "A La Brava."

And these superheroes aren’t just fighting fictitious villains — they’re taking on human traffickers, femicide and the mistreatment of migrants.

The Show spoke with Phoenix recently and asked what drew her into the world of superheroes.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.