Writer Gene Luen Yang and artist Bernard Chang are developing the series, which features the shapeshifting Monkey Prince who first appeared in their short story for DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration #1 (see “DC Debuts New Character”). In addition to the short story, Chang also did a 1:25 variant cover that featured the character.
The first issue of The Monkey Prince will have a main cover by Chang and colorist Sebastian Cheng, a variant cover by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau, and a team variant by Zao Dao. The series is edited by DC editor Jessica Chen.
The Monkey Prince character is inspired by the 16th-century Chinese novel Journey to the West, in which the Monkey King is a monkey born from a stone egg who gains superpowers, is punished by heaven for his hubris, and ultimately accompanies the monk who is the main character of the novel on a pilgrimage to retrieve sacred Buddhist texts from the West.
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