Shi is a fictional comic book character created by William Tucci for Crusade Comics. She first appeared in Razor Annual #1 (1993) and has run for over fifteen years with a variety of publishers. Shi is a young woman of mixed Japanese and American ancestry drafted into a modern-day "shadow war" between descendents of the infamous sohei warrior monk of medieval Japan. The story is deeply rooted in Japanese history and mythology, "Shi" literally translates to death (死) in Japanese, and her signature weapon is the naginata.
The series is known for its scenes of stylized violence, and originates from the era of comics sometimes called "bad girl comics". The series often touches on spiritual issues, especially as they pertain to Ana's dual background in the traditions of the yamabushi warrior monks, and Christianity.
After her debut in Razor Annual Shi received her own series, Shi: The Way of the Warrior, which ran for 12 issues. The 12 issues were later collected into three trade paperbacks. The first series was followed by several limited mini-series: Shi: Senryaku (1995), Shi: Heaven and Earth (1997), and Shi: Akai (2001).
Shi has also appeared in several crossovers with characters from other publishers, including Lady Death, Daredevil, Vampirella and Cyblade. She is scheduled to appear in War of the Independents, a six-issue crossover mini-series featuring heroes from various publishers; it will be published by Red Anvil Comics.
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