Published May 8, 2019

10 Shang-Chi Comics You Need to Read

Get to know the Master of Kung Fu as he teams up with the New Agents of Atlas!

Shang-Chi is the greatest martial artist in the Marvel Universe. In fact, he's the Master of Kung Fu.

And now he's teaming up with a group of all-action Asian and Asian-American heroes in the brand-new WAR OF THE REALMS: NEW AGENTS OF ATLAS #1! Amadeus Cho reassembles his “protectors,” including Shang-Chi, Silk, and Jimmy Woo, then calls upon the might of Kamala Khan, Crescent, Io, Luna Snow, Aero, Sword Master, and Wave to help in the fight against Sindr, the Immortal Queen of Muspelheim and her legions of Fire Demons!

But before True Believers everywhere dig into this terrific tale, let's look at the hallowed history of Shang-Chi...


...with a tour of his ten most captivating kung fu comics!

First Appearance

Raised from birth to be the ultimate assassin by his father Zheng Zu, Shang-Chi sets out on his first mission to kill an evil interloper! However, when he successfully slays his target, a friend of the deceased tells him the harsh truth: Shang-Chi’s father is the true villain and is the head of a deadly criminal enterprise!

Special Marvel Edition (1971) #15

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Family Reunion

The secret agent who set Shang-Chi on the path to justice returns to recruit the master martial artist in an undercover scheme. Disguised as a dockworker, Shang walks right into one of his father’s strongholds! 

Master of Kung Fu (1974) #18

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Four the Hard Way

Shang-Chi teams up with Iron Fist, White Tiger, and Jack of Hearts to form a powerhouse martial arts fighting force! The quarrelsome quartet convenes to fight the nefarious Foundation, the organization that cursed Jack of Hearts with the burden of his Zero Energy abilities.

Deadly Hands of Kung Fu (1974) #31

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Street Justice

The Master of Kung Fu joins the Man Without Fear and other heroes to clean up the streets of New York! Their first mission is to bring in a mass murderer to face a long-overdue trial. The only catch: the man they’re after is the Punisher!

Marvel Knights (2000) #1

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Will Work for Fu

In the midst of the Super Hero Civil War, Shang-Chi joins up with Misty Knight’s revamped Heroes for Hire team to help apprehend Super Villains attempting to dodge the Registration Act. Will Shang-Chi also find love in the arms of fellow teammate Tarantula?

Heroes for Hire (2006) #1

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Eight Arms to Strike You

The Spider-Virus epidemic has begun, and Manhattan is the epicenter! Shang-Chi aids the city’s heroes in beating back the infected inhabitants, but when the Bride of Nine Spiders seemingly aligns herself against her former allies, it’s up to Shang to take her out!

Spider-Island: Deadly Hands of Kung Fu (2011) #1

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Wake the Dragon

Shang-Chi: Avenger! Now a newly minted member of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Shang-Chi travels with the team to a Macanese casino that may be serving as a front for illicit A.I.M. dealings.

Avengers (2012) #11

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Time Runs Out

Ex Nihilo has unleashed an origin bomb on the city of Kobe! Shang-Chi engages the device on the metaphysical plane, and following a psychic battle emerges with the power of self-duplication!

Avengers (2012) #38

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Big Apple Showdown

The Totally Awesome Hulk, Amadeus Cho, learns to be a team player when a slew of other heroes come to town for a benefit. Guest-starring Shang-Chi, Jimmy Woo, Silk, and Ms. Marvel herself, Kamala Khan!

The Totally Awesome Hulk (2015) #15

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Shang-Chi’s Day Off

In this spectacular one-shot, Shang proves he can wield an ice cream cone with lethal force while dissembling an underground ninja ring that’s experimenting on wild animals. Read it to believe it!

Master of Kung Fu (2017) #126

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Read all of these titles and more on Marvel Unlimited now! And this week, add WAR OF THE REALMS: NEW AGENTS OF ATLAS #1 to your Shang-Chi reading list!



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