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Marvel Announces Five New Second Printings

Fans will get a chance to dive into Marvel Comics’ most exciting new launches and ongoing series with new printings of Avengers Forever #1, Captain America/Iron Man #1, Death of Doctor Strange: Bloodstone #1, and Shang-Chi #7l! These sold-out issues will be available at comic shops starting on February 23, complete with new second printing covers.

Meet the Avengers of the multiverse in Jason Aaron and Aaron Kuder’s Avengers Forever #1! On a quest for cosmic vengeance, Ghost Rider finds himself roaring through the wasteland on a ruined Earth, where the great age of heroes never came to be, where hope is a four-letter word and where his only ally in the coming battle against the greatest villains any universe has ever seen is the world’s most wanted archaeologist, Tony Stark…the Invincible Ant-Man. Spinning out of the cataclysmic events of Avengers #750 and operating in lockstep with the prime AVENGERS series, the next great Avengers saga begins here, as the Mightiest Heroes of every Earth begin to assemble. Avengers Forever #1 will have two Second Printing variant covers, one of which will showcase Aaron Kuder’s original design for the new villain known as the Black Skull and the second by Russell Dauterman!

Derek Landy and Angel Unzueta team up to bring you a thrilling adventure starring a fan-favorite dynamic duo in Captain America/Iron Man #1! A government agent turned Hydra provocateur stages a daring breakout on her way to prison, attracting the attention of both Iron Man and Captain America. When Steve and Tony realize they both have a connection to the slippery fugitive, they team up to track her down-only to discover she’s not the only player on the board with big plans and sinister motives… Check out the new cover by Alex Ross.

Captain America/Iron Man #1

Tini Howard and Ig Guara present an exciting new chapter for the Bloodstone family in Death of Doctor Strange: Bloodstone #1!

Who better to defend Earth from magical invaders than monster hunter ELSA BLOODSTONE?! Elsa is the best there is at what she does – tough, skilled and clever enough to handle any problem…except her brother, CULLEN. They have issues, and they’ll have to put them aside not only to protect Earth but also to welcome the latest addition to the Bloodstone clan: their long-lost SISTER! Her awesome set of powers and unique Blood gem have placed a target on her back, and the worst horrors from beyond this realm are on the hunt. The Second Printing variant cover will be a new version of Ig Guara’s cover that showcased his enchanting design for Lyra Bloodstone!

Learn more secrets about Shang-Chi’s fascinating family tree in Gene Luen Yang and Dike Ruan’s Shang-Chi #7! Arrows will definitely fly when we flashback to the first meeting of Shang-Chi’s parents! Who was Shang-Chi’s mother? And how did someone so virtuous and heroic fall for an evil warlord like Zheng Zu? Plus, in the present, the tides begin to turn against Shang-Chi, as the mastermind gathering all of his foes stands revealed! Fans will be able to check out Dike Ruan’s design for Shang-Chi’s mysterious grandfather, Xin, on Shang-Chi #7’s Second Printing variant cover.

Shang-Chi #7

Preview: Shang-Chi #7

Shang-Chi #7

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Dike Ruan (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
RATED T+
In Shops: Jan 05, 2022
SRP: $3.99

WHO WAS SHANG-CHI’S MOTHER?
Arrows will definitely fly when we flashback to the first meeting of Shang-Chi’s parents! Who was Shang-Chi’s mother? And how did someone so virtuous and heroic fall for an evil warlord like Zheng Zu? Plus, in the present, the tides begin to turn against Shang-Chi, as the mastermind gathering all of his foes stands revealed!

Shang-Chi #7

Preview: Shang-Chi #7

Shang-Chi #7

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Dike Ruan (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
RATED T+
In Shops: Jan 05, 2022
SRP: $3.99

WHO WAS SHANG-CHI’S MOTHER?
Arrows will definitely fly when we flashback to the first meeting of Shang-Chi’s parents! Who was Shang-Chi’s mother? And how did someone so virtuous and heroic fall for an evil warlord like Zheng Zu? Plus, in the present, the tides begin to turn against Shang-Chi, as the mastermind gathering all of his foes stands revealed!

Shang-Chi #7

Monkey Prince #1 Gets a Lucky Red Envelop for Peace, Prosperity, and Good Fortune

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!

To commemorate the Lunar New Year launch of Gene Luen Yang and Bernard Chang’s new series, incredible gold foil open-to-order variants in lucky red envelopes have been created for the first issue. Orders for Monkey Prince #1’s “Lucky Red Envelope Foil Variant” are due December 12 and will arrive in stores on February 1! The Lunar New Year Lucky Red Envelope Foil Variant is the only Monkey Prince #1 variant on Final Order Cutoff this Sunday, December 12. The remainder of the Monkey Prince #1 covers, including the main cover, the open-to-order variant cover, and 1:25 and 1:50 incentive covers will FOC on January 9. Let your Local Comic Shop know which cover(s) you’ll be pulling!

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 transform into 72 different formations, can clone himself using his hairs, and is called…the Monkey Prince!

Monkey Prince #1 (of 12) by writer Gene Luen Yang 楊謹倫, artist Bernard Chang 張伯納, colorist Sebastian Cheng 鍾偉傑, and letterer Janice Chiang 蒋慧珍 will publish on February 1. DC’s Jessica Chen 陳穎珊 edits Monkey Prince.

Preview: Shang-Chi #6

Shang-Chi #6

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Dike Ruan (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
RATED T+
In Shops: Nov 17, 2021
SRP: $3.99

SHANG-CHI VS THOR!
• For several months, Shang-Chi has reintegrated himself into the Marvel Universe by bumping heads with the likes of Spider-Man, Captain America, Wolverine, the Fantastic Four, and Iron Man. And each time, he has proven to be the unstoppable force his father trained him to be. But his dad never taught him how to defeat a god…
• Don’t miss the end of the first arc, Shang-Chi vs. The Marvel Universe!!!

Shang-Chi #6

Marvel Releases Shang-Chi: Brothers and Sisters Infinity Comic on Marvel Unlimited

Marvel has released a brand-new Infinity Comic, Shang-Chi: Brothers and Sisters, exclusively on Marvel UnlimitedGene Luen Yang’s print run was a five-part series, but the Infinity Comic version has been adapted into eight-parts that will drop in two installments — with the first three issues now available and issues four through eight dropping next Friday, November 19. Shang-Chi: Brothers and Sisters features art by Philip Tan and Dike Ruan with a cover by Jim Cheung and edited by Darren Shan and Stephen Wacker.

The Infinity Comics edition of Shang-Chi (2020) from Gene Luen Yang, Philip Tan, and Dike Ruan! An ancient and evil secret society has stayed in hiding since the death of their leader, Zheng Zhu. But now his successor has been chosen to shift the balance of power in the world—Zheng Zhu’s son, Shang-Chi! Discover the secrets to Shang-Chi’s past that will change his world forever. An epic tale of family, betrayal, and justice!

Shang-Chi: Brothers and Sisters

Review: Dragon Hoops

Dragon Hoops

As a kid growing up in New York City during the 1990s, I can definitely say that there was nothing else like it. As I sit here writing more than two decades from my formative years, it did not feel like it then, but it was something magical about the city then. The city has seen its share of triumphs in sports, but it seemed as though, everything was converging.

The college teams within the city like St. John’s University was seeing resurgence and the Knicks were being coached by Pat Riley, and had made it to the finals. Since then, the city has gotten two other professional basketball teams, my beloved Knicks have gotten a rebirth, and my love for basketball has endured. As a fan of the game, I have watched every basketball movie in existence, and often found the ones that I have re-watched because they stayed with me, had more to do with people than basketball. In Gene Luen Yang’s semi-autobiographical memoir, Dragon Hoops, we get one such story which is not only about basketball, but how it intersects with race, class and identity.

In “Prologue: Mr. Yang” Gene lets us know how he never liked basketball form a youth, which is tied mostly to the fact that he was not particularly good at it, which pushed his interests into stories, leading him to write and draw graphic novels and also becoming a high school teacher. Soon after he published his first graphic novel, he looked for his next great story, which was pretty close to him, as the school he thought at, their basketball team was becoming good, and making the local news, so he started by talking to the coach, Lou. In “Chapter 1: Lou”, where we find out that he was not always a great basketball player but grew into one and became an even better coach. In “Chapter 2: Ivan and Paris”, we meet the two stars of the team who has not had an easy time growing up in Oakland but has not let that stopped from striving. In “Chapter 3: Bishop O’Dowd Dragons vs. De La Salle Spartans”, the Michael Brown decision in Ferguson has an uneasy effect on the team right before a game. In “Chapter 4: Coach Phelps”, we found out about the man who coached the team before Lou, and just how enigmatic he was,  as he became the most winningest coach of all time in California basketball history. In “Chapter 5: Bishop Gorman Gaels Vs Bishop O’Dowd Dragons”,  gene finds out just how difficult it is for Lou to decide  who gets minutes in the game, which causes one player to quit the team and transfer to a school where he would get minutes. In “Chapter 6: Oderah and Arinze”, we meet a brother and sister who took the school by storm, with their athletic prowess in basketball and their journeys at Bishop O’Dowd. In “Chapter 7: Bishop O’Dowd Dragons Vs Montverde Eagles”, the team play a game that is broadcasted on ESPN, giving them a formidable opponent. In “Chapter 8: Jeevin”,  we find out about only the Sikh plaer on the team and the obstacles he faces in class and the racism he has to deal with , from crowds. In Chapter 9: Bishop O’Dowd Dragons Vs Waynesville Tigers”, the team wins a road game and Gene finds that his work life balance is harder to maintain than he ever imagined. In “Chapter 10: Qianjun(Alex)”, we find about the only Chinese born player on the team, and the road he took . In ” Chapter 11: Moreau Catholic Mariners Vs Bishop O’Dowd Dragons”, the team faces a tough opponent , while Gene contemplates leaving teaching altogether and working in comics full time. In “Chapter 12: Austin”, we meet the one player who already a plan after he finishes school, while we find how much Gene changes from the actual story. In “Chapter 13: Mater Dei Monarchs Vs Bishop O’Dowd Dragons”, the team makes it to the state championship, and though they fought a superior opponent, they won through grace and grit. In the final chapter” Epilogue: Gene”, Gene finally leaves the school and says his goodbye, starting a new chapter for him and his family.

Overall, Dragon Hoops is an engrossing journey that becomes very personal and heartfelt. The story by Yang is enthralling and enlightening, as most of the chapters intersperses the larger narrative with bits of basketball history throughout. The art by the creative team is beautiful. Altogether, Dragon Hoops is an excellent story that shows basketball is really about the people who play it.

Story: Gene Luen Yang Art: Gene Luen Yang, Rianne Meyers, Kolbe Yang Color: Lark Pien
Story: 10 Art: 9.8 Overall: 9.9 Recommendation: Buy

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DC’s The Monkey Prince Comic Series Debuts Lunar New Year 2022

Inspired by the 16th-century Chinese novel Journey to the West, DC’s newest shape-shifting Super Hero, the Monkey Prince, a.k.a. Marcus Sun, is returning to headline his own series! The news broke during DC FanDome when a cover by artist Bernard Chang 張伯納 with colorist Sebastian Chen 鍾偉傑, and a variant cover by artist Stanley “Artgerm” Lau 劉丕政, debuted. The first issue of Monkey Prince will also have a special team variant cover by artist Zao Dao 早稻.

Continuing from May’s DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration #1 anthology comic where the character was introduced, DC’s Monkey Prince will return in February 2022 in a new twelve-issue comic book series from writer Gene Luen Yang 楊謹倫 and artist Bernard Chang 張伯納. The series will kick off on the Lunar New Year, February 1. For fans who can’t wait for February to read more about DC’s Monkey Prince, a new short story, “Apokolips in the Heavenly Realm,” just posted to dcuniverse.com and dccomics.com. In this new tale, available now, 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!

“Apokolips in the Heavenly Realm” is by writer Gene Luen Yang 楊謹倫, artist Bernard Chang 張伯納, artist (for flashback scenes) Billy Tan of Tan Comics 比利唐 of 唐漫文化, colorist Sebastian Cheng 鍾偉傑, and letterer Janice Chiang 蒋慧珍. DC’s Jessica Chen 陳穎珊 edits Monkey Prince.

Preview: Shang-Chi #5

Shang-Chi #5

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Dike Ruan (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
RATED T+
In Shops: Oct 13, 2021
SRP: $3.99

MEET THE NEW IRON MAN…SHANG-CHI?!
• A weapons dealer offers up a stolen Iron Man suit to Shang-Chi’s organization.
• But will Shang-Chi take it to use in his war against crime?
• And what will Tony Stark have to say about it?!

Shang-Chi #5

Preview: Superman/Batman #22

Superman/Batman #22

Written by: Gene Luen Yang
Art by: Paul Pelletier

SERIES FINALE! Mr. Mxyzptlk resurrecting Calendar Man from his death during A-Day is causing some reality-rattling consequences. If Superman and Batman are going to prevent a fifth-dimensional god-being from compartmentalizing all of existence, they’re going to need to turn to some unlikely allies.

Superman/Batman #22
Almost American
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