Synopsis: Shang-Chi and his family are back! And this time, they’re colliding head-to-head with the Marvel Universe’s biggest heroes! Shang-Chi has finally taken his place as the leader of the Five Weapons Society. But using an evil secret organization as a force for good won’t be easy. And it’s about to get a lot harder when Shang-Chi’s fellow superheroes, like The Amazing Spider-Man, start to see him as the bad guy!
Following up on the Shang Chi mini-series from earlier in the year. Shang Chi Vs The Marvel Universe sees the newly installed leader of the Five Weapons Society trying to decriminalize the organization. No easy task. Especially when Shang Chi’s sister Esme aka Sister Dagger is struggling to adjust to the new way of doing things.
This opening issue sees Shang Chi cross paths with Spider-Man who drops in on him and his sister while they are staking out a drugs ring, which happens to double as a weapons ring. Only to put a stop to it. They must take on King Wild Man.
Dike Ruan pretty much picks up from where he left off insofar as art quality. He does a great job of drawing the action beats and we get some wonderful panels in which Spider-Man and Shang Chi work together. For me, the best panel is where King Wild Man plants his Yeran Root onto Spider-Man’s face and we see everything go a bit foggy.
Gene Luen Yang gets things off to a wonderful start in this first issue. I loved the sequence of panels near the start where Shang Chi’s date is being interrupted by text messages from Esme asking if she can stab the person she is following. In fact, the relationship between Esme and Shang Chi is a lot of fun to read. Especially in the brief exchange where she says they can get him many concubines if he would like to extend the family line.
Overall. A great start and a marvel of a story in which we get to see Spider-Man and Shang Chi work together on a job.