The popular Master of Kung Fu series, starring Shang Chi, is to be reprinted for the first time across four omnibuses, starting next year.
The books were announced by Marvel Comics last week at the Diamond Retailer Summit in Baltimore, and fans of the martial arts expert immediately got excited – and rightly so! The series originally ran from 1974 to 1983, beginning with issue #17 of Special Marvel Edition, and concluding with Master of Kung Fu #125.
Shang Chi, however, has debuted two issues before the title’s change in Special Marvel Edition #15, and it appears that this cover will adorn the front of the first omnibus.
Chi has been given a rough time since his heyday in the 1970s and early 1980s, but at least this year Master of Kung Fu relaunched briefly.
Stretching the title across four books seems a bit odd, seeing as previous omnibuses reprinting classic tales have been massive tomes collecting a vast number of comics, so it appears that these books, while still being weighty, will be slightly slimmer, like some reprinting recent titles instead.
They’re not up for pre-order yet, but the debut HC is expected to be released in the summer of 2016.