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Three key Shang-Chi comics collections sell out ahead of movie

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe welcomes Marvel's top martial artist on September 3 with Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings, and it appears people are excited to meet him - so excited that there's been a run on his comic books.

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Marvel Comics recently released three Shang-Chi comic collections as the ideal entry points for new (and old) readers alike, and in each case, the books have promptly sold out at the distributor level. The publisher is rushing back to print more copies of the collections before the movie arrives - although in one case, they may not make it.

The first collection of Gene Luen Yang and Dike Ruan's current Shang-Chi run sold out back in May, after just two months on shelves. A second printing of Shang-Chi by Gene Luen Yang Vol. 1: Brothers and Sisters (opens in new tab) is already on its way to comic and bookstores though, with an August 4 on-sale date.

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From new to classic, a new collection of '90s, '00s, and '10s comics under the name of Shang-Chi: Earth's Mightiest Martial Artist (opens in new tab) trade paperback went on sale in March and also sold out over the summer. A second printing of this throwback collection is anticipated to return to shelves August 11.

For completists, Shang-Chi: Earth's Mightiest Martial Artist collects:

  • X-Men (1991) #62 - #64
  • Heroes For Hire (1997) #18 and #19
  • Shadowland: Spider-Man
  • Secret Avengers (2010) #18
  • Avengers (2012) #11

A more kid-oriented collection, Marvel-Verse: Shang-Chi (opens in new tab) also debuted this summer and sold out just as fast. This collection includes more recent stories, such as:

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  • Wolverine: First Class #9
  • Marvel Adventures Spider-Man (2010) #2
  • Free Comic BOok Day 2011: Spider-Man
  • Masters of Kung Fu (2017) #126
  • The Legend of Shang-Chi #1

Unfortunately, Marvel-Verse: Shang-Chi won't be back in print until after the film debuts: September 15 to be exact.

In addition to these three collections, the second volume of the current run - collected as Shang-Chi by Gene Luen Yang Vol. 2: Shang-Chi vs. The Marvel Universe - is expected to go on sale on December 8. If you can't wait on that, the first three issues are available now, with the next issue (Shang-Chi #4 (opens in new tab)) expected on September 8. The master of kung fu will also appear in the AAPI star-studded anthology Marvel's Voices: Identity #1 (opens in new tab), on-sale August 25.

Of course, if you read comics digitally then these comics remain available on most all major digital comics platforms.

Learn everything you need to know about Shang-Chi and the ten rings. 

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)