DC’s newest hero is terrified of Batman

When DC Comics debuted Monkey Prince, he revealed that he wasn’t a huge fan of superheroes. A first encounter with Batman may explain why.

DC Comics’ newest superhero, Monkey Prince, reveals he’s been afraid of Batman since he was young.

In preview for monkey prince #1, the debut of his first solo track written by Gene Luen Yang and illustrated by Bernard Chang, Marcus Sun explains how he developed his form of chiroptophobia from a night his family experienced while living in Gotham City. After being put to bed by his parents, Marcus awoke to find his father and mother threatened by the Caped Crusader himself, who left after realizing a child was in the house. The following pages show that whichever town in DC the family moved to, the memory would be triggered for Marcus by blackout curtains, flying bats and more, each time eliciting an involuntary response for him to make. monkey noises.

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This close encounter of the Bat-like might be responsible for Marcus’ distaste for superheroes. When the character first appeared in 2021 DC Festival of Superheroes: the celebration of Asian superheroes #1, he impersonates Shazam and later argues with the hero while his inner dialogue talks about wanting to punch Shazam’s face. Ironically, while Marcus can’t stand Shazam, he goes to school and enjoys talking with the hero’s alter ego, Billy Batson, and tells Billy that he thinks “superheroes suck”.

Of course, Batman’s breaking into the Sun residence was probably in line with his vigilance. Monkey Prince’s first appearance not only introduced the hero, but also his parents as the henchman and henchwoman of the villainous Shazam, Dr. Sivana. Therefore, Batman could have been looking for information on Sivana, unless the Suns had also worked for other villainous “employers” in the past.

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While raised under human parents, Shifu Pigsy reminded Marcus much to his displeasure that he is the Monkey King’s son. The Monkey King, or Sun Wukong, originated in Chinese mythology, but was shown in DC Comics as a leader capable of fending off Darkseid by monkey prince #0, a digital issue released in October 2021 around the time the monkey prince the solo series has been announced. The preview and solicitation for the first issue of the limited series can be found below.

Monkey Prince leaps into the night on the cover of his first solo title.

Monkey Prince lands on a variant cover of his solo series.

Monkey Prince has Batarangs impaled inside him while eating a kid's meal.

Monkey Prince takes on Batman in a cover variant.


  • Written by GENE LUEN YANG
  • Art and cover art by BERNARD CHANG
  • Variant by STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU
  • Variant 1:25 by ANAND RADHAKRISHNAN
  • Variant 1:50 by Dustin Nguyen
  • Team variant by Zao Dao
  • $3.99 USD | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (Board)
  • ON SALE 02/01/22
  • Introducing the DCU’s new hero, the great sage, equal to the heavens, better than his predecessor the legendary Monkey King, even better than the Justice League – and certainly the Teen Titans – (in fact, all heroes combined), all the world has put your hands together for… the Monkey Prince! Marcus Sun moves around a lot because his adoptive parents are independent henchmen, so this month he finds himself as a new kid at Gotham City High School, where a mysterious pig-faced man asks Marcus to cross over. a curtain of water to reveal himself as who Marcus really is… someone who has ventured through The Journey to the West, can transform into 72 different formations, can clone himself using his hair, and is called… the Monkey Prince!

A young Marcus Sun recounts a night when his family was living in Gotham City.

Batman threatens Marcus' father and mother, who were seen working for the Shazam villain, Dr. Sivana.

Batman makes a quick exit out the window after realizing there is a child in the house.

Curtains, thunder, and other things trigger Marcus' memory of the night Batman appeared and threatened his parents.

Marcus is pushed into a swimming pool after reliving his traumatic memory.

monkey prince #1 is written by Gene Luen Yang with interior art by Bernard Chang, who also serves as cover artist alongside colorist Sebastian Cheng. Letters for the issue were written by Janice Chiang, with cover variants by Stanley Lau, Dustin Nguyen, Zao Dao and Anand Radhakrishnan. The book goes on sale February 1 from DC Comics.

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Source: DC Comics

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