Monday, October 5, 2020

Shang-Chi #1

    As a fan of the character since his first appearance, I'm glad to see Shang-Chi, the Master of Kung Fu, back in his own title again

   The character's genesis was tied into the Kung Fu craze of the early '70s, though those comics eventually moved in different directions - but the character's core decency and incredible fighting skills were always at the center.

    Happily, that seems to be continuing in this series, as it embraces some traditional martial arts movie tropes.

   Here we learn some background on Shang-Chi's father - it was Fu Manchu in the original comics, but licensing rights have lapsed, so his father is now referred to by his Chinese name.

    This issue finds Shang-Chi (well known as a hero and an Avenger) working in a small restaurant, where he happily tries to sort out his life - and then danger comes calling in the form of a cult with ties to his father - and other twists along the way.

   It's a great start to the new series, mixing terrific artwork, martial arts action, an actual dragon, and both new and familiar faces.

   So far, I like it a lot!

Grade: A-


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