Shang-Chi #1

Writer: Gene Luen Yang Artist: Dike Ruan Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 19, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 36
8.5Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

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Shang-Chi and his family are back! And this time, they're colliding head-to-head with the Marvel Universe's biggest heroes! Shang-Chi has finally taken his place as the leader of the Five Weapons Society. But using an evil secret organization as a force for good won't be easy. And it's about to get a lot harder when Shang-Chi's fellow super heroes, like the Amazing Spider-Man, start to see him as the bad guy! Gene Luen Yang and Dike Ruan return to bring you the next chapter of this Marvel legend!
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  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings May 19, 2021

    Shang-Chi #1 launches a new era for the Master of Kung Fu but threatens to pit him against his fellow Marvel heroes in the process. The next issue will see Shang cross paths with Captain America, which is bound to complicate an already complicated situation; hopefully Shang can find the balance between his heroic life and leading the Five Weapons Society. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Watch - B. Radtz May 19, 2021

    There are few series that I think are flawless from the jump, but this is one. I believe in this first issue so much Ive ordered multiple copies that I plan on passing around at work. If the rest of this storyline is this good, Marvels got a stone groove winner on their hands. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Jul 11, 2021

    Overall. A great start and a marvel of a story in which we get to see Spider-Man and Shang Chi work together on a job. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke May 17, 2021

    Shang-Chi is back this week, and the story and art are even better than the first time Yang and Ruan joined forces. The complexities of Shang-Chi's life now that he's the boss of a huge organization add a new layer to the character while he attempts to keep Esme in line and Spider-Man none the wiser. The creators have captured the inherent goodness and relatability of Shang-Chi incredibly well while wrapping it all up in an action-packed package. Shang-Chi hasn't been this entertaining in, well, maybe ever. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally May 19, 2021

    Dike Ruan delivers some beautiful imagery throughout this issue. The action scenes are beautifully detailed. The characters look great and the environments draw the eye. A fantastic looking issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley May 25, 2021

    The Master of Kung-Fu returns in his first ongoing in years. It's a joy to read, with fun building building, interesting conflict and some great art. It's a must-read, especially with the character returning to prominence. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Geek'd Out - Cameron Kieffer May 21, 2021

    All in all, this is a fun first issue that serves as a direct continuation of the creative teams vision, while providing a serviceable introduction to fans. They clearly have a lot of love and respect for our hero, striking a good balance of humor, drama, and incredible action thats worthy of the character. The lack of background doesnt take away from the enjoyment of this issue, and, if anything, the unanswered questions are more intriguing than frustrating. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comic Crusaders - M.R. Jafri May 17, 2021

    Gene Leun Yung is a skilled creator who has found a perfect setup for our hero to show not only his skills but also his ability to face adversity and adversaries of all types. We're left truly excited about the future of his character, beginning with a matchup against Cap next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Logan Moore May 19, 2021

    Based on the first issue of Marvel's new Shang-Chi run, this seems like an excellent starting point. Not only does it do a great job of familiarizing you with the character's backstory, it features some really fun writing and characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Tim Chuma May 25, 2021

    Well worth a look if you are a fan of the character already and this will be part of the new Marvel story going forward so it will be interesting to see how it goes across into the other Avengers stories going forward. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller May 25, 2021

    I'd be more than happy to be proven wrong by such a feel-good book. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Multiversity Comics - Robbie Pleasant May 20, 2021

    Whether you're a longtime Shang-Chi fan or want to find a good jumping on point in anticipation of the movie, you'll want to check this series out. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Josh Rathbun May 19, 2021

    In the end, Im glad one of my favorite characters is finding ways to stay in print and with a movie in the near future. Its a good time to be Shang-Chi. I love the position hes in and the fact hes not going to play nice with others is even better. This first issue is definitely worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 5.3
    Major Spoilers - Jonathan Cadotte May 22, 2021

    Shang-Chi #1 hypes itself via it's cover and solicitation of being the start of a fight between the titular hero and the rest of the marvel universe, but if this issue is any indication, seeing those fights won't be worth the price of admission. Read Full Review

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