The Press Release:
Announced earlier today by The New York Times in an exclusive interview with writer Gene Luen Yang, Marvel Super Hero Shang-Chi will be getting a brand-new limited series this June. Known for his Eisner Award-winning work, American Born Chinese – the first graphic novel ever to be nominated for a National Book Award – Yang will be teaming up with artists Dike Ruan (Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man) and Phillip Tan (Black Order) to craft the modern adventures of Marvel’s beloved master of the martial arts, with an all-new costume designed by artist Jim Cheung!
Yang could not suppress his excitement for the new series. “I mean, it’s Shang-Chi,” he told The New York Times. “He’s probably the most prominent Asian — I guess he’s Asian-American now since he’s moved over here — Asian-American super hero.”
In this new series, Shang-Chi’s fight for justice will collide with his past. When the hero finds himself pulled back into the fold, no one will be ready for what will be unleashed. With a target on his back after the revitalization of his father’s secret society, the balance of power will shift in an epic tale of succession, family, and betrayal.
“The basic idea that his father is a supervillain is still there,” said Yang. “Zheng Zhu has been around a very long time. He has other kids besides Shang-Chi, so we’re going to explore some of those sibling relationships.”
Equipped with incredible knowledge and skills in the martial arts, Shang-Chi’s action-packed exploits have been thrilling readers for almost 50 years. Since his introduction, Shang-Chi has become a breakout hero in the Marvel Universe, appearing in multiple series as well as his own successful and acclaimed solo run.
Click here for the full interview, and don’t miss SHANG-CHI #1 when it hits stands this June! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more details.
SHANG-CHI #1 (OF 5): Written by GENE LUEN YANG; Penciled by DIKE RUAN WITH PHILIP TAN; Cover by JIM CHEUNG
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Truth be told, while I’ve always enjoyed any of Shang-Chi’s interactions with other members of the Marvel Universe of comics, I never really followed his solo title at all. I knew his mythology and his being the son of the villainous Fu Manchu which I am guessing they are changing for the upcoming film and probably have already changed in the pages of any adventures he undertakes. I’m always excited for a new series just the same and will likely be leafing through this on the racks first and generally speaking with mini-series, I tend to wait until its a collected edition. What do you readers think about this news? Are you stoked to find the Master Of Kung-Fu coming back to the stands? For that matter are you equally stoked about the film? Oh and I do wish to apologize for the lateness in this news, we’ve been finding the world in a state of distress with this virus and I’ve been busy composing cancellation notices. One has to wonder if even going to the comic shop in June will be possible. Let’s be hopeful and I will see you again soon.