Follow TV Tropes


Comic Book / Shang-Chi

Go To

My throne suits you, my son, for you are destined to become like me. Just. Like. Me.
Zheng Zu, Shang-Chi #5

Shang-Chi is a comic book series published by Marvel Comics. Written by Gene Luen Yang, it began as a five-issue limited series in 2020, with art by Philip Tan and Dike Ruan. It then continued as an ongoing series, again written by Yang with art by Dike Ruan.

Not to be confused with Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu a comic from The Bronze Age of Comic Books starting the same character.

Volume 1

The story begins with Shang-Chi having a nice relaxing evening with his friend from MI-6, Leiko Wu, when they are attacked by the Five Weapons Society, a secret society of martial artists and assassins created by Shang-Chi's father, Zheng Zu, and his uncle, Zheng Yi.

Shang-Chi and Leiko stop the attack, but that's when the big secret is exposed: the House Champions of the Five Weapons Society are all Shang-Chi's siblings: there's Takeshi (Brother Sabre), Esme (Sister Dagger), and the one who had been friends with Shang-Chi during childhood, Zheng Shi-Hua (Sister Hammer), who now wants to become the leader of the entire Five Weapons Society by eliminating the competition: Shang-Chi himself, whom they call Brother Hand.


Now Shang must stop Shi-Hua and team up with his other siblings before things get worse. But can Shang turn the Five Weapons Society into something good? Or is he destined to become just like his father?

Volume 2

Now the leader of the Five Weapons Society, Shang-Chi struggles to reform the villainous organization when some of the biggest hitters in the Marvel Universe start coming after him.

Tropes included in Shang-Chi:

  • Ancient Conspiracy: The Five Weapons Society was formed by Zheng Zu and Zheng Yi to protect China back during the 18th century. They protected China against beings like Dormammu until Yi died and, without his kindhearted brother, Zu twisted the Society into something more sinister.
  • Bald Women: Shi-Hua is completely bald.
  • Brother–Sister Team: Takeshi and Esme work really well together.
  • Drop the Hammer: Shi-Hua's weapon, as usual for the head of the House of the Deadly Hammer.
  • Long-Lost Relative:
    • It turns out that Shang has a bunch of siblings, since Zheng Zu wanted a lot of heirs. Takeshi and Esme side with Shang, while Shi-Hua wants to take over the Society for herself. Shang even meets his uncle, Zheng Yi, for the first time.
    • Advertisement:
    • In the ongoing series, Shang finds out that he has another half-sister, Zhilan, who is a mutant. He is also reunited with his real mother, Jiang Li.
  • Mythology Gag: There are five Houses in the Five Weapons Society: the House of the Deadly Staff, House of the Deadly Sabre, House of the Deadly Dagger, House of the Deadly Hammer, and House of the Deadly Hand. Shang-Chi is supposed to be the head of the House of the Deadly Hand and thus referred to as "Brother Hand." Shang-Chi's first comic was called The Hands of Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu and he later headlined a comic called The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Shi-Hua is using jiangshi, corpses reanimated uses Chinese occultism, as her army. Shang managed to stop them, but got infected by one, which was slowly turning him into a jiangshi.
  • Remember the New Guy?: None of Zheng Zu's other children have appeared before, most notably Shi-Hua, who in flashbacks is shown to have a friendship with Shang-Chi throughout childhood.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Zheng Zu and Zheng Yi. Zu was more pragmatic and ruthless, while Yi was more kindhearted and good. They balanced each other out as the leaders of the Five Weapons Society. However, after Yi died, Zu became more and more twisted and changed the Society to something more sinister.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Shang-Chi's half-sisters Zheng Bao Yu (also known as Fah lo Suee and Cursed Lotus) and Kwai Far (who appears only in a Black Panther story by Christopher Priest) are not mentioned.


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: