REVIEW: Burrito Oasis in Shang-Chi #7
In Shang-Chi #7 by Gene Luen Yang, Dike Ruan, Tríona Farrell, and Travis Lanham, with a main cover by Leinil Francis Yu & Sunny Gho, we get a story that moves the Shang-Chi of the Marvel Comics universe a little bit closer to the Shang-Chi you might have met in theaters or on Disney+ in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings… but beyond that, you get an issue that’s a lot like a burrito.
That’s right, I wrote “burrito.” No kidding, Marvel Blog True Believers!
So why do I think this issue is a lot like a burrito? Because it’s got a “tortilla” (the frame story about Shang-Chi and his mother being surprise attacked as they attempt to share a meal) that’s wrapped around some “filling” (the first part of a flashback that begins to explain the origins of Shang-Chi’s mother).
One thing I enjoyed a lot about this backstory is how it reminded me of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. In this issue, we learn that Shang-Chi’s mother is from Ta Lo. Just like in the MCU, Ta Lo is in another dimension, and it’s home to lots of interesting creatures (including dijiang)!
This is a fast-paced issue that is loads of fun all the way through, from the burrito dialogue to the flashback action. How closely will Shang-Chi’s mother’s story follow the story from the movie? I’m looking forward to finding out! And I hope we get to see more scenes about meals in this series… I’m hungry for seconds!
Burritos of San Francisco
According to dialogue in the frame (in which Shang-Chi and his mother share a burrito meal), Shang-Chi used to regularly enjoy eating burritos when he lived in the Bay Area… Still, this raises an interesting question, Marvel Blog True Believers: do you think he ever took a road trip down to Los Angeles to try the tacos sold at a stand by a recurring character in Reptil?
We want to hear all of your burrito-related speculation in the comment section, Marvel Blog True Believers!