La Borinqueña is an original character and patriotic symbol presented in a classic superhero story created and written by graphic novelist Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez. Her powers are drawn from history and mysticism found on the island of Puerto Rico. The fictional character, Marisol Rios De La Luz, is a Columbia University Earth and Environmental Sciences Undergraduate student living with her parents in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She takes a semester of study abroad in collaboration with the University of Puerto Rico. There she explores the caves of Puerto Rico and finds five similar sized crystals. Atabex, the Taino mother goddess, appears before Marisol once the crystals are united and summons her sons Yúcahu, the spirit of the seas and mountains and Juracan, the spirit of the hurricanes. They give Marisol superhuman strength, the power of flight, and control of the storms.
“Our communities have a rich history of heroes that helped shape the city in which we live in today. Many of us, especially of Puerto Rican heritage, migrated to New York City 100 years ago when we were given our American citizenship in 1917 under the Jones-Shafroth Act. When Las Tres Hermanas arrived in the Bronx decades later they saw and experienced injustices. Puerto Ricans were treated like second class citizens, but that didn't stop the three sisters. Evelina López Antonetty, for example, founded United Bronx Parents to fight for the rights of all children and their families, like the true hero that she was. I write and produce comic books like La Borinqueña or Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, but Las Tres Hermanas are real heroes that our community can aspire to be. We don't need superpowers, all we need is each other.”
-Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, Creator & Writer