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Review: Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu #1

Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1

DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU #1 (OF 4)
MIKE BENSON (WRITER) • TAN ENG HUAT (ARTIST)
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
MURDER! MYSTERY! MARTIAL ARTS!
A former lover of Shang-Chi’s is murdered in cold blood while working deep undercover for MI-6. When Shang-Chi travels to England to pay his respects he learns all is not as it seems, and if he’s not careful he may be next to die! Old friends, new enemies, espionage and kung fu collide in this riveting story from Mike Benson and Tan Eng Huat!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Anyone who has enjoyed one of those old kung-fu theater type movies on a rainy, boring weekend afternoon understands the appeal of a book like Deadly Hands of Kung Fu. Those over-the-top action adventure stories, full of drama, starring heroes who hold honor above all else, and epic fight scenes echoing with fisticuffs sound effects. Yeah, those were awesome movies. But Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1 just didn’t live up to that expectation.

The Good

Shang-Chi is the Avenger’s karate master, and he is perfect for this title. He’s driven by honor, his Asian roots work well for the story being told, and his past dealings with MI:6 and The Avengers are great fodder to tell good stories. I was looking for specific things from this issue – a heavy does of honor, a good old-fashioned revenge story a la those old movies, and, of course, over the top fighting – and I got most of that. The first few pages depicting Shang-Chi in pursuit of an escaped Crossbones was full of great action, albeit an unoriginal premise, and there’s a great deal of attention spent on showing Shang-Chi as an honorable guy looking to right a wrong. Writer Mike Benson shines in a number of spots, including a nice, silent two-page series, and you can tell that Benson’s got big plans for the rest of this 4 issue mini. Artist Tan Eng Huat’s action sequences are top-notch, and it’s that pacing in the panels that truly drives the issue along.

The Bad

While Benson’s old-school martial arts tale is quite good, I really wanted the ish to be more of that, and I just didn’t get it. The book was by no means lacking in action, but the espionage angle and inclusion of some unwelcome MI:6 characters took me out of an otherwise fun throwback story. There was too much Avengers; too much S.H.I.E.L.D.; too much MI:6; and nowhere near enough old-school martial arts movie feel to make this book more than “What’s Shang-Chi been up to?”, and I really couldn’t care less. As a Marvel character, Shang-Chi is barely a B-Lister, but as a martial artist he’s compelling and different. If this ish would have put a stronger focus on Shang-Chi the fighter and a whole lot less of it on Shang-Chi the Avenger/Marvel Character, things could have been tons better.

The Verdict

Deadly Hand of Kung Fu #1 wasn’t a bad book by any means, it just wasn’t the comic book I was expecting. Although I was looking for something that paid homage to those great and terrible kung-fu movies of my youth, what I got was just another Avenger’s story, starring an Avenger that I don’t really care that much about, doing things that only slightly resemble those weekend TV  viewing pastimes on its subtle surface. At its core, Deadly Hands of Kung Fu is a karate book in name only, and is really just another comic book starring an uninteresting character.

Story: 2 Out of 5
Art: 3.5 Out of 5
Overall:
2.5 Out of 5

Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: May 14th, 2014

outright-geekery Logo NewNew Comics Wednesday is upon us again, and some of us here at Outright Geekery are running down the top pick on our comic stacks for this week.

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Jules: All-New Ultimates #2

I really dug on the first issue! Michel Fife has brought the Ultimate Universe it’s sorta own New Warriors! It may not be your parents Ultimates but it certain is a new take on the Ultimates Franchise. A younger step in the next directions something the Ultimate Universe has had the advantage of doing is moving forward with its heroes. Letting characters die and stay dead. This youthful Ultimates is just what the doctor ordered as they take on the Serpent Skull Gang( Ultimate Serpent Society) I’m excited to see what happens next!

All-New Ultiamtes 2

ALL-NEW ULTIMATES #2
MICHEL FIFFE (WRITER) • AMILCAR PINNA (ARTIST)
Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
Artist variant by RON WIMBERLY
THE NEXT GENERATION OF ULTIMATES!
• The YOUNG ULTIMATES are put to the test as they try to survive their first mission: going head to head with the city’s most ruthless gang, the SERPENT SKULLS.
• KITTY PRYDE takes the bait and finally joins the team in an effort to push back the unrelenting wave of brutality.
• Jessica Drew takes on the mantle of BLACK WIDOW!!!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Taylor: Avengers #29

As Original Sin ramps up, it seems that many characters’ past transgressions will come back to haunt them. And for the Avengers, that means we’ll get some pay off to a plot point that’s been simmering for over a year as the Illuminati’s manipulation of Captain America is finally brought to light. This promises to have some high drama, and should make for a good read.

Avengers 29

AVENGERS #29
Jonathan Hickman (WRITER)
Leinil Francis Yu (ARTIST)
Teaser Variant also available
WHAT DID HE SEE?
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

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Christian: Batgirl #31

There’s a lot of books I’m looking forward to this week – Futures End #2, Batman Eternal #6, Batman & Frankenstein – but all those books are missing one very important thing: Gail Simone. And she’s bringing Ragdoll back? This makes the top of my stack easy.

Batgirl 31

BATGIRL #31
Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art by FERNANDO PASARIN and JONATHAN GLAPION
Cover by ALEX GARNER
1:25 BATMAN ‘66 variant cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale MAY 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Clandestine meetings, tapped phones, video surveillance – Barbara Gordon is being watched! Who has it in for her, and how can Batgirl investigate without compromising her secret identity?

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Gaumer: Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu #1

It doesn’t feel like that long ago that I would sit back on a Saturday afternoon and enjoy a really bad, but really awesome, old-school Kung-Fu movie. The bad voice-over, the cheesy sound effects, the over-the-top karate action! It was almost too much for my childhood self, and I’m looking for that same sort nostalgia, albeit with an updated feel, from Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu #1. Will it deliver? I’m betting the top spot on my stack this week that it will.

Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1

DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU #1 (OF 4)
MIKE BENSON (WRITER) • TAN ENG HUAT (ARTIST)
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
MURDER! MYSTERY! MARTIAL ARTS!
A former lover of Shang-Chi’s is murdered in cold blood while working deep undercover for MI-6. When Shang-Chi travels to England to pay his respects he learns all is not as it seems, and if he’s not careful he may be next to die! Old friends, new enemies, espionage and kung fu collide in this riveting story from Mike Benson and Tan Eng Huat!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Those are our picks, what’s on the top of your stack this Wednesday?

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