Oklahoma native shaking things up on DC Comics' 'Vibe'

Native Tulsan Sterling Gates is generating a new buzz with coming-of-age story.
by Matthew Price Modified: May 15, 2013 at 11:28 pm •  Published: May 17, 2013
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Vibe is one of a handful of minority-led characters in the DC Comics lineup, something of which Gates said he is aware.

“I think good literature reflects the world in which we live,” Gates said. “I live in Los Angeles and I spend a lot of time in New York City, so I want to create work that reflects everything I see and hear around me. The world's a diverse place, full of interesting people of all backgrounds, so why shouldn't comic book worlds be just as varied? Why shouldn't comic books offer a broad spectrum of characters? The world we live in is ever-changing, constantly evolving. I think comic books — well, and all media, really — should evolve alongside our world.”

Issue No. 4 of “Justice League of America's Vibe” went on sale this week.

“I tend to gravitate toward teenage superheroes and their supporting casts, and I really enjoy writing coming-of-age stories,” Gates said. “I think fans who read my work on DC's ‘Supergirl' will find a lot of the same voice and tone in ‘Vibe.' My M.O. for this book is ‘home, heart, heroics.' I want to focus on what makes Vibe a great hero, why he cares about people and believes in them the way he does, and what about his home life has led him to be this vibrant young man. He's not naive, though, he's just learning a lot about himself and the world around him as he takes those first steps into the DC Universe.”


by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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The world's a diverse place, full of interesting people of all backgrounds, so why shouldn't comic book worlds be just as varied?”

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