The Martial Arts superhero Shang-Chi is getting a new release from Marvel Comics and Scholastic with ‘Shang-Chi and the Quest for Immortality,’ a new young adult graphic novel. This new release will explore his “pre-teen” years and his complicated relationship with his father.
“Marvel breakout Shang-Chi sets off to unlock the keys to immortality and save his father in Scholastic’s Shang-Chi and the Quest for Immortality, an all-new, original graphic novel adventure by Victoria Ying,” Marvel said on their website.
“Every character in this story is going through the same big question: How do I become my own person apart from family? They all answer this differently, and the villain in this story is a path that Shang-Chi could have taken, but chooses not to. I had a lot of fun drawing this character and I hope that he haunts the nightmares of readers,” Ying explains.
She continued, “I wanted to use a brushy style of illustration for this book. My grandfather was a Chinese calligrapher, and I wanted to honor my heritage by drawing my comic book characters with brushes that emulated traditional brush strokes. Ian Herring is the colorist for this book and he did an absolutely incredible job pushing it to be even better than I could have imagined. His colors paired with the inks was a wonderful collaboration and I love how the artwork turned out for this!”
Ying wrote on Twitter, “Cover reveal! My first full length graphic novel that I got to both write and illustrate for Marvel! I’m so so proud of this book and I can’t wait to share it with you all on October 3rd, 2023…”
The book will be released on October 3, 2023, but is currently available for pre-order.
Shang-Chi first appeared as a part of the Marvel Universe in 1973.