CM Punk may have left the WWE in 2014, but he left an indelible mark on it as a storyteller. He's since dabbled in comics amidst a thus-far unsuccessful UFC run, contributing to Thor Annual #1 in 2015 and co-writing the short-lived Drax series, but it now appears Marvel has granted the microphone maestro solo writing credit on an upcoming issue of Marvel Legacy.
Legacy is already underway with some neat issues about the once-and-future Hulks and Jean Greys. Its Master of Kung Fu one shot entitled Shang-Chi's Day Off will see the martial arts virtuoso return to his classic numbering (#126, a follow up to issue #125 from all the way back in 1983) under the penmanship of Punk and the illustrations of Dalibor Talajic, who also drew Shang-Chi's one shot in the recent Secret Wars crossover.
The Marvel Universe is full of fighters: brawlers, scrappers, weapons experts, mystical kung fu virtuosi. But there’s only one martial artist skilled enough to be called the greatest. SHANG-CHI has been a pinch hitter for a long time, stepping in for Avengers missions when no one else would do, but when no one can match your speed or skill, sometimes it’s best to work alone. To see what you’ve been missing if you don’t know Shang-Chi, don’t miss MASTER OF KUNG FU!
Shang-Chi has been around since the early '70s. In fact he was co-created by Jim Starlin, the guy responsible for Thanos, Drax, Gamora and Adam Warlock, though he's never quite gotten his due. He was chosen alongside the likes of Nick Fury, Hawkeye, Black Panther and Captain America for Marvel's Paramount deal in 2006, so one would assume there's some semblance of a movie idea behind the scenes somewhere, and given that the character is a proper Avenger and from the People's Republic of China, you'd think Disney would want to cash-in sooner rather than later!
In any case, this comic is the news for the time being, and the creative team alone is enough to get me interested. The cover ain't half bad either:
Master of Kung-Fu #126 arrives this November. Here's the time CM Punk broke wrestling by breaking character on live televison: