In Review: Shang-Chi (2020) #5 (of 5)

SISTER HAMMER launches her final attack on the Western world with her army of vampires!
Shang-Chi

Synopsis: SISTER HAMMER launches her final attack on the Western world with her army of vampires! Will SHANG-CHI and his family be able to stop her? And will Shang-Chi finally accept the destiny laid out by his father?

 

The Story

With Sister Hands Vampires attacking London. Agent Wu and her forces struggle to repel them. Additionally, Sister Hammer is determined to drive the city into dust. Thankfully, Shang-Chi drops into the fight with help from Brother Sabre and Sister Dagger. Shang has figured out how to isolate his younger sister from her Vampires. He understands how to defeat her vampires as well as his younger sister. Both have issues to resolve.

 

The Artwork

Both Dike Ruan and Philip Tan knock it out of the park with this final issue. The opening pages show Agent Wu battling against Sister Hammer’s Vampires in the center of London. The scene is total havoc in which we see the innocent bystanders running away. Furthermore, we also get a great final few panels as we see Shang and his younger sister fight it out as Shang tries to reason with her. The moment where Zheng-Zu comes in is pretty much where the heart of the story is. It’s the moment where Shang finds his purpose while Sister Hammer loses hers. The art panels depicting this moment are pretty epic.

 

Overall

Gene Luen Yang has given us a great story over the course of all the issues of this book. I particularly enjoyed how he used the history of the opium trade wars between the UK and China as the set up for the back history of Zheng-Zu and The Five Weapons Society. I also enjoyed the mystical and supernatural elements that were used as part of the overall story.

Hopefully, this mini-series, which is pretty much the new origin story for this character will lead to newer stories.

 

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9.7
Shang-Chi (2020) #5 (of 5)
  • Covers
    9.2
  • Story
    9.8
  • Artwork
    10
  • Lettering
    9.5
  • Colours
    10

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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