Shang-Chi #5

Marvel Comics

Written by Gene Luen Yang

Art by Dike Ruan

Colors by Triona Farrell

Letters by Travis Lanham

The Rundown: Shang-Chi’s quest to change his father’s organization will hit another roadblock in the form of a fellow hero.

A former associate of Shang-Chi’s father arrives at the House of the Deadly Hand with a weapon that he thinks will fetch a handsome reward. When Shang-Chi refuses to purchase the item, the leader gets upset. Things get more tense when Shang tells the men that not only does he know who the item belongs to, but the authorities will be arriving soon to return it. A declaration that will cause the men to attack.

In the aftermath, Shang’s siblings find themselves being played by their prisoners when they activate a decommissioned Iron Man suit that attacks them. Shang finds himself learning some unexpected news from his mother about her origin. As he talks to her, their meeting is interrupted by the real Iron Man who has come looking for his property. After a brief struggle, the two reach an understanding, but one of them is harboring a secret and Shang will find out quickly that he is about to betrayed by someone close.

The Story: Gene Luen Yang crafts a fast paced, fun and entertaining story in this issue. Shang’s interactions with the Marvel universe continue to be entertaining and the intrigue behind the scenes is engaging. Shang’s quest to change the nature of his father’s organization is an interesting journey and it is really cool seeing how his ambition and naiveté allow for forces to grow and build around him. What’s even more interesting is the constant question of who Shang-Chi can trust as the list seems to get smaller with each issue. I can’t wait to see where this story goes next.

The Art: Dike Ruan delivers some beautiful, energetic and fun art throughout the issue. The fights are thrilling and the action is visually stunning.

Shang-Chi #5

8.7

8.7/10

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