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The Cascadian Justice League!

Courtesy of Portland Timbers Football Club

The Portland Thorns and Timbers announced today that they have teamed up with local comic company Dark Horse Comics. Dark Horse has been around for 30 years, and was founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson.

“We are elated to partner with an industry leader like Dark Horse on this collaboration,” said Cory Dolich, Timbers senior vice president of business operations and marketing. “They are a dynamic, local company, and working with their team to highlight our brand and players in such a unique way is exciting to see.”

National Superhero day is this Saturday, and in partnering with Dark Horse, the club has taken some of our superstars and given them superhero powers. As part of the process, comic book author Arvid Nelson was tasked with giving Diego Chara, Diego Valeri, Christine Sinclair, and Tobin Heath superhero origin stories as well as their individual super powers. Local artist Ron Chan also contributed to bring these characters to life.

Valeri’s superhero will be ‘El Maestro’, giving him the power of clairvoyance and magic. Chara’s superhero will be ‘La Sonrisa’ and he will have the power of duplication and super speed. Heath’s superhero will be named simply ‘Tobin’ and her powers will include illusions and energy manipulation. Sinclair’s superhero will be ‘Captain Sinc’ and she will have powers of super strength and flight.

The comic nerd in me loves these, great art work and a neat thing to do with Dark Horse Comics. Also, we will soon to be able to wear these superheroes as well!

I bet those won’t last on the shelf for very long, and as a scarf junkie - I say shut up and take my money. Here’s what Dark Horse had to say about the collaboration.

“We’ve had a great time working with the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns FC to create these ‘super’ origin stories for some of the best players in the world,” said Mike Richardson, Dark Horse president and founder. “We’re excited to combine the creative talent of our staff and talented creators here at Dark Horse with the well-known athletic prowess of the Timbers and Thorns players.”

Be on the lookout this week at timbers.com as they plan to release full character bios.