Shang-Chi is considered to be the greatest hand to hand fighter in the entire Marvel Universe.
Marvel.com recently sat down with writer CM Punk to talk about Shang-Chi’s return. Readers will get to see him in action in Master of Kung Fu #126. The comic will be written by Punk with art by done by Dalibor Talajic.
CM Punk described his approach and what he hopes to bring to Shang-Chi:
It helps that it’s a one-shot, because I think we can just create a fun comic book. I have zero history with Shang-Chi, aside from being a comic book fan and knowing about him from various team-ups, but I wanted to do a throwback to some 1970s action with a bit of campiness.
Punk then went on to tease who or what Shang-Chi will be facing, he was pretty mum on the details.
Without giving anything away, I want to have fun with the idea of him having a “day off” from fighting forces of evil. However, evil never sleeps…
He then went on to express his excitement to work with Dalibor Talajic on this project because of Talajic’s martial arts expertise.
He’s such a perfect artist for this—he practices martial arts himself! I think that will be a great help.
Talajic also praised CM Punk and was excited to see how his fighting experience influences the story.
I honestly can’t wait to see how he deals with this. He is also a professional fighter, so he’ll know what he’s writing about. I myself am a kung fu practitioner and I know what’s humanly possible during the fights. So we’ll see whose kung fu is stronger!
Talajic also described why he likes Shang-Chi and the character’s history with Bruce Lee.
Shang-Chi is essentially Bruce Lee. He was created during Bruce’s peak of popularity and was clearly based upon him. So visually, I guess his expression is what makes him unique. He is peaceful and calm, but beneath this calm there’s a deadly volcano. And if I manage to capture that in his eyes, I’ll be happy. This mesmerizing presence of his is something that must be felt throughout every panel.
Master of Kung Fu #126 debuts on November 8, 2017.
It’s been a long wait since readers have seen Shang-Chi. Are you excited?