The current Shang-Chi series by Gene Yang and Marcus To will wrap up with issue #12 in May, but the leader of the Five Weapons Society won’t be gone for long. Marvel has announced that the previously solicited Shang-Chi #13 wll be re-titled and repackaged as Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings #1 in July.
Yang and To will remain the creative team on the series, which, as the title might have given away, will focus on the Ten Rings seen in the Shang-Chi film last year.
“It’s been such a joy to work with Marcus To over the last couple of months. He’s a brilliant artist. His characters are vibrant and full of energy, and he’s so good at fight choreography!” Yang said. “We’re all really excited about the new #1! And about bringing in ten of the most powerful items ever into the Marvel Universe!”
Here’s the description from Marvel.com: Shang-Chi has gained possession of the powerful Ten Rings…but so much concentrated energy has not gone unnoticed. Now, every bounty hunter, assassin and evil syndicate in the Marvel Universe is coming to take the Rings from him! But will the responsibility and the truth of the Rings be too much to bear for the hero? The debut issue will see Shang-Chi in a striking showdown with Razorfist, more trouble for the Five Weapons Society, and the first appearance of a new foe: RED CANNON!
“Gene and I are gearing up to give the fans one hell of an action packed book,” To said. “Shang-Chi is the greatest hand-to-hand combatant in the Marvel Universe, and we’re gonna show it in this story.”
The first issue will feature a cover by Dike Ruan — who, incidentally, is also doing a series of variant covers in May for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. They’ll feature Shang-Chi, naturally, along with Wong, Ms. Marvel, Sunfire and more. Check them out:
The variants arrive throoughout May, while the new Sahng-Chi series kicks off July 20.