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Monkey Prince: 02/14/23

Monkey Prince

Monkey Prince by Gene Luen Yang and Bernard Chang (Illustrator) (2023) collects issues one through six of the Monkey Prince. Marcus Sun and his parents move around a lot. He thinks they're ordinary, boring scientists. Actually, though, they're henchmen scientists for hire.

Marcus is used to having no friends. He's never anywhere long enough to make friends anyway. This time the bullying takes him by surprise. During one such hazing, he transforms into the Monkey Prince!

This comic draws inspiration from Journey to the West. The book includes footnotes for some key points just as it does for previous DC comics. The tie-in here is that Marcus is a descendent or maybe even son of The Monkey King.

As the Monkey King is a bit of a trickster, this story sets up the Monkey Prince is an anti-hero. His mentor wants him to act as a superhero but both the superheroes (Batman, Robin, and Aquaman) and the villains see the Monkey Prince as an adversary.

The series is currently up to issue 9, so hopefully that means a second omnibus.

Four stars

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