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Review Group #611 - Master of Kung Fu #126

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GLX

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Postby GLX » Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:54 pm

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Master of Kung Fu #126

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The Marvel Universe is full of fighters: brawlers, scrappers, weapons experts, mystical kung fu virtuosi. But there's only one martial artist skilled enough to be called the greatest. SHANG-CHI has been a pinch hitter for a long time, stepping in for Avengers missions when no one else would do, but when no one can match your speed or skill, sometimes it's best to work alone. To see what you've been missing if you don't know Shang-Chi, don't miss MASTER OF KUNG FU!


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Postby GLX » Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:56 pm

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Stephen Day

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Postby Stephen Day » Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:30 am

Going into my reading of this one shot I was expecting a story that was more serious then the one I read. This mismatch of expectations resulted in me not enjoying what was written as much as I probably would have if the story had matched my expectations. I didn't hate it, but it simply wasn't what I wanted.

Is it fair to judge a story by what it isn't instead of what it is? I'll admit that no it isn't. Having admitted that though, I can't help my reaction and I'm saying this so that this bias is clear.

In the story itself, Shang Chi, along with his new pet kung fu monkey Chee, must stop the evil plot of Dr. Mel Prasis, also known as Malpractice -- a nickname he hates. Dr. Prasis is experimenting on zoo animals trying to create the perfect animal kung fu warrior in order to get back into the good books of the Hand. In case you're wondering, yes the story is as silly as it sounds, hence my, "Uhmmm, this isn't what I expected," reaction.

Other, having more expectations that reflect the story as it is, may enjoy this more than I did. I wish them well and have no problem with that.

6 out of 10
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Stephen Day

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Postby Stephen Day » Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:29 pm

I decided to try reading this again just to see what it would be like expecting the story as it was.

I'd like to downgrade my rating to 4 out of 10.
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Postby jephd » Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:09 am

Firstly let me say I enjoyed this comic. The henchman banter made me smile, as did the extremely goofy nature of the bad guy. Plus who doesn't love a kungfu monkey? It's all been done, better, elsewhere but it was fun. I can even see how Shang Chi super spy and kung fu master would stumble across the ridiculous plan, sort of. Unfortunately I can also see how just about any other character could take The place of Shang Chi with no discernable change to The story. The problem I have is with the missed opportunity. These legacy one shots are an opportunity to reintroduce classic characters to a new audience and perhaps establish a new status quo. This feels like Shang Chi has been dropped into the plot of a 70s Howard the Duck issue. It's an old school inventory script as opposed to a spotlight for what is special about the character.

Also why the heĺl would Shang Chi call his monkey Chee?
5.5/10
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Postby Stephen Day » Sun Nov 19, 2017 1:24 pm

jephd wrote:Firstly let me say I enjoyed this comic. The henchman banter made me smile, as did the extremely goofy nature of the bad guy. Plus who doesn't love a kungfu monkey? It's all been done, better, elsewhere but it was fun. I can even see how Shang Chi super spy and kung fu master would stumble across the ridiculous plan, sort of. Unfortunately I can also see how just about any other character could take The place of Shang Chi with no discernable change to The story. The problem I have is with the missed opportunity. These legacy one shots are an opportunity to reintroduce classic characters to a new audience and perhaps establish a new status quo. This feels like Shang Chi has been dropped into the plot of a 70s Howard the Duck issue. It's an old school inventory script as opposed to a spotlight for what is special about the character.

Also why the heĺl would Shang Chi call his monkey Chee?
5.5/10


Yeah as you could probably tell from my review I saw it very similarly; it's just not what it should have been.

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