Monkey Prince #1

Writer: Gene Luen Yang Artist: Bernard Chang Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 2, 2022 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 28
8.1Critic Rating
7.1User Rating

Introducing the newest hero in the DCU, the great sage, equal to the heavens, better than his predecessor the legendary Monkey King, even better than the Justice League-and definitely the Teen Titans-(actually, all the heroes combined), everyone put your hands together for…the Monkey Prince! Marcus Sun moves around a lot because his adoptive parents are freelance henchpeople, so this month he finds himself as the new kid at Gotham City High School, where a mysterious man with pig features asks Marcus to walk through a water curtain to reveal himself as who Marcus really is…someone who has adventured through The Journey to the West, can tr more

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Feb 4, 2022

    The Monkey Prince is an interesting addition to the DC Comics universe. This first issue is, likewise, a fantastic introduction to one of the most refreshingly originally yet oddly timeless concepts I've seen in some time. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Feb 4, 2022

    It doesn't just talk the talk, it walks the walk. Behind the scenes is just as diverse as what's on the page. When people get a chance to tell the stories that represent them, we all win. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bookcase - Harrison Stewart Feb 1, 2022

    Monkey Prince #1 is a very strong new superhero debut, in which the creative team establish pathos, running jokes and a solid character foundation that will bring readers back for Monkey Prince #2. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Swara Ahmed Feb 1, 2022

    Monkey Prince #1is a fantastic first issue for DC's newest hero. Yang writes a fantastical yet relatable story, the art by Chang and Cheng is vivacious, and the lettering by Chiang ties everything together. It's a bold story that takes inspiration from the past to make something truly original for the DC universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Feb 1, 2022

    Chang delivers some beautifully detailed imagery throughout the issue. There are some great action scenes and the characters and wonderfully expressive. I was impressed with the composition of the scenes. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Justin Munday Feb 1, 2022

    Despite feeling a bit rushed, Monkey Prince #1 is a refreshing blast of a debut issue with an immensely fun script and phenomenal artwork. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 1, 2022

    It's been a while since a new character got a major spotlight in a solo book at DC, but you couldn't pick a better team to shepherd that than Gene Luen Yang and Bernard Chang. Spinning out of the Festival of Heroes one-shot from 2021, Monkey Prince #1 introduces us to a new DC hero who has a lot in common with characters like Peter Parker and Jaime Reyes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Nicole Drum Feb 2, 2022

    Overall, Monkey Prince #1 is a very good comic. It combines the familiar with a lore and mythology that is, for many less familiar to deliver something fresh and new. The only real hiccup is that the pacing and some of the characterization feels somewhat off or unrefined in places. Even with that, the art makes the entire read worthwhile and sets up Monkey Prince as a story you won't want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Benjamin Novoa Feb 1, 2022

    It may not be for everybody, but Monkey Prince #1 is a solid start to what ideally will be a robust new addition to the DC mythos. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Feb 4, 2022

    Despite intriguing artwork, this prince has yet to step out of a knight's shadow beyond lip service. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Feb 1, 2022

    Monkey Prince #1 is a decent, middle-of-the-road origin story about DC's latest teen superhero. The art is excellent and the highlight of the issue. However, the writing and overall plot are filled with too many minor flaws and rushed shortcuts to get readers hooked on the character, making for an underwhelming debut. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 1, 2022

    I'd be far more excited about Monkey Prince's potential long-term impact, but he's already being saddled with needing Batman to boost sales in his first issue. Not an encouraging sign at all. Read Full Review

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