Crispin Glover is one of those actors whose filmography is pretty prolific. Like many actors you feel as though he leaves a piece of themselves within their characters. As many play a version of themselves. This why many actors relish their roles , especially when it comes to a character who is a bit unhinged.
This is why he really shined in his role in American Gods, which shows how he could tap into eccentricities to sculpt a masterful character. Then there is his role in Cabinet of Curiosities where he showed his range more so than most of his roles. But for me and many genre fans, he will always be George McFly in Back to The Future. In Shang-Chi: Master of the Ten Rings #1, our protagonist travels back in time to meet his father like Marty did in those BTTF movies , but in a much more complex paternal portrayal.
We are taken to the Temple of Zheng Zu in China, the bones of Zheng Zu have been found, leading some nefarious characters to resurrect this ancient evil. We also find Shang Chi and his siblings tracking this mysterious group, where we soon find out are former warriors of the Deadly Hand. This leads to a fight between the two and unexpected turn, where a time portal is opened and Shang is transported back in time, to when his father and uncles were still young. AS he gets to know him, he understands just how different he was, and how life’s complications made him the father would become. By issue’s end, Shang’s siblings find a way to bring him back.
Overall, Shang-Chi: Master of the Ten Rings #1 is a fun debut issue which shows off why Gene Luen Yang is a master storyteller. The story by Yang is exquisite. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a story that fans of the movie and the character will surely enjoy.
Story: Gene Luen Yang Art: Michael Yg
Color: Erick Arciniega, Fer Sifuentes-Sujo Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
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