Now that Miracleman is finally being reprinted, the holy grail of comics reprints would be the 70/80s run of Marvel’s MASTER OF KUNG FU, but don’t hold your breath.
However, hero Shang Chi is back in May with DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG-FU, a four-issue limited series by Mike Benson (Deadpool Pulp) and Tan Eng Huat (X-Men Legacy). The cover, above, is by Dave Johnson
Hero. Teacher. Agent. Avenger. Shang-Chi has been many things. But this time, Marvel Universe’s most impressive hand-to-hand combatant is only one – vengeful! A highly trained MI-6 agent has been murdered in cold blood. One with deep ties to Shang-Chi’s past. As he journey’s to England to pay his respects, he’ll learn not all is as it seems. And if he’s not careful, he’s going to be the next body to drop!
“We’re really pushing Shang-Chi into the spotlight,” says series Editor Jake Thomas. “Here’s a guy who is part Bruce Lee, part James Bond, which seems like a perfect recipe to me! Mike’s written a story that is really going to surprise people, and getting Tan Eng Huat to draw wild kung-fu action sequences is an absolute dream. It’s got both cold, brutal espionage action along with the heart and soul of an old-school kung-fu quest. I could not possible be more excited for this story!”
Old friends and new enemies lie around each and every turn. And Shang-Chi stands alone against scored of deadly foes. Don’t miss a minute of the action when espionage and kung-fu collide this May in DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU #1!
The original Master of Kung Fu run was written by Doug Moench with art by Paul Gulacy, Mike Zack and Gene Day, and it was one long saga of crazy SF espionage, Buddhist philosophy and freakish villains. It will never be reprinted because a) it was licensed from the Sax Rohmer estate and featured Fu Manchu as a character and b) Gulacy drew all the characters to look like actors, and comics companies are skittish about that nowadays. Too bad because its one of the all time greats.
But meanwhile….Shang Chi is back again!