Marvel's Shang-Chi recruits Excalibur artist Marcus To as its new series artist

Marvel's Voices: Identity except
Marvel's Voices: Identity except (Image credit: Marcus To/Sunny Gho (Marvel Comics))

Marvel Comics' ongoing Shang-Chi comic book series will soon welcome a new artist: Marcus To. 

Marcus To will take over the Gene Luen Yang-written Shang-Chi series beginning with February 16, 2022's Shang-Chi #9. Taking the reins from original series artist Dike Ruan, To will begin in what the publisher calls "the next new phase of Shang-Chi's legend."

Shang-Chi #9 cover (Image credit: Leinil Francis Yu (Marvel Comics))

Over the past few months, the Shang-Chi series has pitted the Master of Kung Fu against several of Marvel's most prominent heroes, but beginning with Shang-Chi #9 he will be turning his attention to fighting a mysterious individual who has been secretly working to take down the family organization that the hero took over. But it's not just business - according to Marvel, this unnamed villain is out to kill Shang-Chi and all of his relatives too.

To comes to Shang-Chi with a bit of experience drawing the character - he illustrated Yang's Shang-Chi story in the recent Marvel's Voices: Identity anthology, covers to recent Shang-Chi comics, and coincidentally he even did a 'How to Draw Shang-Chi' video for Marvel's YouTube page recently. Not a coincidence, huh?

This means his time as the Excalibur artist comes to an end. To was the series artist since it's 2019 debut, drawing almost all of the issues. His final issue appears to be December's Excalibur #26.

Shang-Chi #10 is also scheduled for release March 2,  just two weeks after Tu's series debut with Shang-Chi #9.

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Chris Arrant

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)