Yang + Chang bring the Monkey Prince back to comics next year

Gene Luen Yang and Bernard Chang reunite for a story featuring the character they introduced earlier this year.

Following his debut in the pages of DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration earlier this year, the Monkey Prince will leap into his own maxi-series next year from Gene Luen Yang, Bernard Chang and Sebastian Chen.

The shape-shifting superhero and his friends are inspired by the 16th-century Chinese novel Journey to the West, which is considered one of the “four classic novels” of Chinese literature.

The first issue will arrive on Feb. 1, which is Lunar New Year.

In addition, today DC posted a new Monkey Prince short story on dccomics.com. Here’s the description of the new short story:

In this new tale, “Apokolips in the Heavenly Realm,” you’ll see the classic Journey to the West characters—Sun Wukong, King Bull Demon, Princess Iron Fan, Red Boy and Erlang-Shen—defending The Heavenly Realm against Darkseid and his parademons!

Here’s a look at the variant covers for the first issue of the Monkey Prince, by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau and Zao Dao:

And here’s a look at the character designs for the short story:

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