Coming from Marvel’s Bronze Age, Shang-Chi never really found himself more than a third or second member of the company with a film coming out in 2021, however, Marvel is hoping Re-energize fan awareness and appreciation for its resident Kung-Fu master with this new series written by acclaimed creator Gene Luen Yang and drawn by Dike Ruan, Phillip Tan, Sebastian Cheng, and veteran letterer Travis Lanham The Question Who readers will ask, « Does ‘Brothers and Sisters: Part One’ pass the test… or not? »
Written by Gene Luen Yang
Art by Dike Ruan, Phillip Tan (flashbacks) and Sebastian Cheng
Registration by Travis Lanham of VC
Published by Marvel Comics
‘Rama Rating: 8 out of 10
New Shang-Chi fans or those yearning for his return to a series of his own will find everything they need in this debut issue Featured as an epic tale of family, betrayal and justice, Shang-Chi # 1 offers readers an understanding of who this character is, what drives him, and how he fits into the new Marvel Universe since readers last saw him By presenting the backstory to the five families, Yang sets the stage for Shang-Chi’s lineage and the source of the conflict that will fuel this first story arc.It’s a vanity that fans of martial arts movies will easily identify. , but it’s the execution that will satisfy
Phillip Tan’s work covering the background scenes leaves no doubt in his mastery of martial arts scenes as these pages possessed a superhuman flow, moving from panel to panel moment by moment. , which left this reader breathless but not lost track of what was going on
With the family base and their hierarchy established, Yang takes readers into the present with Shang-Chi starting a new, simpler life in New York’s Chinatown As with any first issue, however, there can be no fresh beginnings.We see a shift in power within families and a new power rising to challenge Shang-Chi’s appointment as head of the clan Again, this is not a setup that will be new to readers, but there is nothing about Yang’s execution of the story that doesn’t seem out of place. Additionally, if part of the goal of this series is to familiarize readers with this character – this current iteration of him – then it makes sense to use familiar elements of the genre to help readers feel at home. with Shang-Chi
What’s remarkable as readers turn to the present is that Dike Ruan is taking over the artist’s duties from Tan at this point, and as appealing as Tan’s work is for the start of the number, Ruan quickly settles into his groove and delivers his own brand of action.In particular, he cleverly gives readers a break with the use of more traditional grid-based layouts right down to more action scenes. heavy, where it then breaks with tradition and uses more slanted and quickly overlapped panels and pages This results in the same kind of neck breaking rhythm that conveys the hard-hitting and fast-paced fight scenes that take place.
A subtle point to note is how Sebastian Cheng’s colors quietly set the mood for every page and panel, often using complementary tones in the background depending on the characters present. In a way, this has helped focus attention on those characters and block other non-players from the reader’s attention Likewise, Travis Lanham lettering does what professional lettering does best: staying unnoticed until the good times and not blocking art.Likewise, smart letterers take advantage of narrative captions through coloring to distinguish a narrator from another, and Lanham also does it here to help keep the story clear for his readers.
Overall, Shang-Chi # 1 does what you’d expect from a first issue – it features the main cast, we get a glimpse into some of their motivations and backstory, and we see the future conflict they will face start to take shape While he might not offer a revolutionary reinvention of this nearly 50-year-old character, Yang and his collaborators show good form on this first outing.
The Shang-Chi # 1 (of 5) goes on sale September 30 A collection of the entire series is scheduled for March 30, 2021
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