Fa Sheng: Origins is a martial arts comic written by a real Zen Buddhist monk

Comic book publisher Immortal Studios is establishing a new shared universe built entirely around martial arts and wuxia storytelling. As part of this ongoing process, the company is releasing a new six-issue limited series called Fa Sheng Origins, which will chronicle the origin story of the character first introduced in The Adept. And in a unique twist, this series is written by a real ordained Soto Zen Buddhist monk.

The Fa Sheng: Origins creative team includes the aforementioned monk, Ryeland Grant (who is also a screenwriter, veteran comic book creator, and former American Ninja Warrior contestant), artist Dexter Wee (Outlaw Territory), colorist Omi Remalante, Jr., letterer AndWorld Design and editor Brian Cunningham (Superman). The character of Fa Sheng was originally created by Immortal Studios founder and CEO Peter Shiao, drawing inspiration from Shiao’s father, the late novelist Shiao Yi.

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Fa Sheng: Origins – Exclusive Comic Preview

“You were not born into enlightenment. It’s won. He fought tooth and nail over time. It’s too often a byproduct of tragedy and conflict,” Grant said in a press release. “In FA SHENG: ORIGINS, we watch our titular martial hero being forced through the meat grinder of the uprising of the boxers, from the era of Chinese warlords. He witnesses indescribable evil and suffers a horrific defeat, but he rises, in the end, from the ashes of carnage, a changed man, a better man, an enlightened man with a mission, supplemented by the powers that be in the fight against all that afflicts us dharmically.

“Growing up watching martial arts films from the Shaolin Temple to Once Upon A Time in China, Fa Sheng’s story reminded me of those selfless heroes whose acts of kindness and daring inspire people to be better. . To choose what’s right. And act out of love, not hate,” Wee added. “I hope that the reader will not only be entertained by Fa Sheng’s journey, but will also be inspired by how he is able to overcome the trials and tribulations he has encountered during his life. history. I believe that in these difficult times, Fa Sheng is a hero we could look up to.

Fa Sheng: Origins is being crowdfunded on Kickstarter, with a release date yet to be revealed.

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