Written by Gene Luen Yang
Art by Marcus To
Colors by Erick Arciniega
Letters by Travis Lanham
The Rundown: Shang-Chi has a final showdown with his grandfather and embraces his destiny.
With the power of the Ten Rings at his command, Shang-Chi faces off against his grandfather as he tries to kill his siblings. The battle ends in a draw when Shang-Chi fails to give in to his father’s influence and Xin escapes with control of most of the rings himself. With his new power, he seeks to destroy not only Shang-Chi’s home, but the entire city as well. Unfortunately, Jiang Li and the rest of the Five Weapons Society stands in his way.
Shang-Chi and his siblings are still trapped in Ta Lo and the emperor finds himself impressed with Shang’s ability to wield the rings. He sends them back to New York with a mission. One that will bring Shang-Chi into a dangerous final battle with his grandfather and open him up to the even more dangerous influence of his father.
The Story: Yang brings this arc to a thrilling and exciting conclusion. The story brings to a head all of the story elements that have made the series so entertaining. Shang’s internal battle against his father’s legacy is a great source of drama and leads to some great personal moments for the character. The action was great and I love the way the story concluded as well as the cliffhanger at the end that will lead into a new series.
The Art: Marcus To delivers some blistering action throughout the issue. The action is visually stunning and perfectly captures the tone, mood and energy of the story.