Regretfully, I’m a few days behind on comics news. Normally I get the good word from Comics Alliance, but I found a few things crawling through the mud over at Bleeding Cool that put me through the ringer.
First off: Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu starring Shang-Chi miniseries coming this May! The first name I saw attached to this was former X-Men Legacy artist Tan Eng Huat. Personally, I didn’t keep up with Legacy, but the covers and artwork are drop dead gorgeous. Great look to give Shang-Chi in his book, without question. Writing the book is Mike Benson.
I’m familiar with Benson’s work. He wrote Deadpool: Suicide Kings, a miniseries I wholeheartedly recommend to people looking for a solid Deadpool book. Despite my endorsement of his work there, I have my reservations about Benson putting his words to a solo Shang-Chi book.
Why you ask? The chance of bullshit like Valiant’s Rai redesign happening is pretty fucking high when you have white people mucking about in their foggy awareness of “Asian-ness.” Let me direct your attention to Bernard Chang’s objections to Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain’s Rai.
I laud Marvel getting G. Willow Wilson, a practicing Muslim woman, to write Kamala Khan. Where are the Asian writers for Asian characters at Marvel? Gene Luen Yang’s probably got a full plate with Dark Horse’s Avatar book and his upcoming Green Turtle graphic novel, but what’s Marjorie Liu up to these days? We’re between volumes of the Asian American comics anthologies. Can an offer be made to Parry Shen?