Written by Gene Luen Yang
Art by Dike Ruan
Colors by Triona Farrell
Letters by Travis Lanham
The Rundown: Shang-Chi is confronted by his former friends and must choose between them and his family.
Shang-Chi and his family head to Japan to defend the House of the Deadly Sabre against an impending attack. What makes this attack dangerous is that it is being led by Captain America, Iron Man and Reed Richards with Spider-Man along for the ride. They want the cosmic cube that Shang believes he handed over already. Unfortunately, words do not de-escalate the situation and a battle ensues between Shang-Chi, his siblings and the heroes he once called friends.
As the heroes find themselves surrounded by Shang’s forces, Iron Man calls in some additional help in the form of Thor. Shang-Chi decides to use a mystical object to even the odds against the god of thunder. As the pair fight, Shang discovers there is more to the object than meets the eye and when the truth of it is revealed, his brother has things to answer for. In the aftermath, the forces allied against Shang-Chi decide it is time to strike.
The Story: Gene Luen Yang delivers an exciting story in this issue as well as some compelling and interesting choices for Shang-Chi. The complicated levels of this arc make it incredibly engaging and the moral and ethical choices Shang has to make deliver some great drama throughout. The story is fun, exciting and entertaining from start to finish. I cannot wait to see what happens next.
The Art: Dike Ruan blew me away with the art in this issue. There are so many great visual moments to be found and the action was visually thrilling throughout.