Shang-chi comes face to face with an unexpected person from his past in the final installment of Gene Leun Yang’s Shang-Chi saga.
Shang-Chi: Master of the Ten Rings #1
- Gene Luen Yang
- Michael Yg
- VC’s Travis Lanham
- Cover Artist:
- Jim Cheung, Romulo Fajardo Jr.
- Release Date:
- Erick Arciniego, Protobunker’s Fer Sifuentes-Sujo
Since last year’s release of Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the titular character’s popularity has grown exponentially. With fans wanting to learn more about this character, Gene Luen Yang began writing an all-new era for Shang-Chi in July 2022. Shang-Chi uses the powerful Ten Rings to face off against foes like The Hand and Hydra. Now, Yang is joined by artist Michael Yg, colorists Erick Arciniega and Fer Sifuentes-Sujo, and letterer Travis Lanham to finish his saga in Shang-Chi: Master of the Ten Rings #1, a heartwarming one-shot about family.
Since his birth, Shang-Chi was molded by his father to be a powerful weapon. In Shang-Chi: Master of the Ten Rings #1, the hero makes it clear that he uses his powers to fight against injustice and to help heal the wounds his family left behind. During his atonement for his family’s sins, Shang-Chi has taken control of the evil society his father created to change their ways. With the help of his siblings, Shang-Chi sees the tides turning and bringing a positive light to his family name. But not everyone is happy with this new direction, and Shang-Chi is forced to confront his father.
Yang brings hefty amounts of emotion to Shang-Chi: Master of the Ten Rings #1. What works so incredibly well in this issue is that Shang-Chi is a hero through and through, even when faced with conflicts that challenge his morals. Moments between Shang-Chi and his siblings make are especially impactful. Each family member has a distinct personality that Yang captures masterfully. Every character brings something great to this one-shot. During the final moments of Shang-Chi: Master of the Ten Rings #1, Yang does an incredible job of reminding readers of the importance of family to create a great, heartfelt send-off of his Shang-Chi series.
Michael Yg creates a stunning world of kung-fu and magic with mesmerizing colors by both Erick Arciniega and Fer Sifuentes-Sujo. The action scenes in this issue stand out. Yg balances crowded fight scenes beautifully and gives readers a chance to see Shang-Chi use the Ten Rings masterfully. Each member of Shang-Chi’s family uses specific weapons that are tailored to their skill set, and they all leap off the page. They have their own fighting style that is uniquely displayed, and each character has a distinct look with their clothing and hairstyles. Travis Lanham’s lettering truly pulls the book together, making it a fun and heartwarming story that is beautiful to look at and easy to read.
Shang-Chi: Master of the Ten Rings #1 is a wonderfully crafted conclusion to Yang’s story and a great celebration of family. The creative team creates a story that is a joy to read from the first page to the last, with tons of epic kung-fu action featuring many different fighting styles. Shang-Chi: Master of the Ten Rings #1 is a great ending for this chapter in the character’s history that creates a fresh start for the future.