Recommendations for 9/30

This article was originally published at ComicBook.com on September 29, 2020.

THE IMMORTAL HULK: THE THRESHING PLACE #1

Al Ewing and Joe Bennett have already canonized their names amongst Hulk creators in the pages of The Immortal Hulk, but the glowing green world they’ve constructed offers ample opportunities for other modern greats to join in on the fun. That’s what makes The Immortal Hulk: The Threshing Place #1 such a tempting read as writer Jeff Lemire and artist Mike del Mundo tackle the new status quo with a tragic tale from America’s heartland. Lemire excels at distilling the culture and stories of small town North America in his broad sweep of work, and del Mundo’s talent in evoking lifelike emotions and capturing the true horror of violence is almost unparalleled. To call them a perfect match for this would be to understate the possibilities. As the series quickly moves towards its climax, one-shots like The Threshing Place provide readers a chance to spend a little bit more time with this Hulk before the inevitable apocalyptic finale arrives. — Chase Magnett

Published by Marvel Comics

Written by Jeff Lemire

Art by Mike del Mundo

SHANG-CHI #1

It’s unclear when audiences can expect to see the MCU return to theaters, much less the debut of Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, but Marvel Comics has fans covered with a new miniseries launching this week powered by some elite comics talents. Shang-Chi has primarily functioned as a supporting character in stories, but writer Gene Luen Yang is offering him a spotlight worthy of the character’s upcoming global prominence. Yang’s work in comics consistently blends the joy of genre work with literary themes and complexity. Superman Smashes the Klan was an accessible and astute interrogation of race and progress in America, so it will be interesting to see Yang turn his perspective to China and global power struggles. Combine that potential with the immense artistic talents of Dike Ruan and Philip Tan, and readers can expect to discover a new starting point that unleashes the full talent of this martial artist as he becomes a central player in the Marvel universe, both in comics and on the big screen. — Chase Magnett

Published by Marvel Comics

Written by Gene Luen Yang

Art by Dike Ruan and Philip Tan

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