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Master of Kung Fu

artArt Appreciation Moment of the DayFrancesco FrancavillaMaster of Kung Fu

One of the artists we featured quite a bit back in the day when AAMotD was in its heyday was Francesco Francavilla. Since his early appearances on the site, he has gone on to cover major titles from Marvel, IDW Publishing, and more. Today, we look at Master of Kung Fu #1 from last week.

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MarvelMaster of Kung FuPress ReleaseSecret WarsSolicitations

Press Release Can one man defeat an entire empire? Find out this May, as fists fly on the surface of BATTLEWORLD and a victor will be crowned in MASTER OF KUNG-FU #1, a new 4-issue limited series launching during Secret Wars! Fan-favorite creators Haden Blackman (Elektra) and Dalibor Talajic (Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe) team to take you inside the mystical land of K’un Lun for a series of brutal trials by combat!

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The Master Of Kung-Fu is seldom a vengeful man, but when an old enemy targets his loved ones, that theorem may be put to the test.  Your Major Spoilers review of Deadly Hands Of Kung-Fu #1 awaits!

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MarvelMaster of Kung FuPress ReleaseSolicitations

Press Release This May, the Master of Kung-Fu returns for an all-new limited series full of murder, mystery and martial arts in DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG-FU #1 – from the creative team of Mike Benson (Deadpool Pulp) and Tan Eng Huat (X-Men Legacy)!

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FeaturedMarvelMaster of Kung FuRetro ReviewReview

Or – “Lost Classics Of Days Gone By…” One of my duties at the comic shop (Gatekeeper Hobbies, Huntoon & Gage, Topeka!  Ask us about our Warhammer Tournament!) is to keep the back issue bins fully stocked with, as bossman Deon puts it, “comics that somebody will actually ever BUY.”  This often proves difficult for me, as I remember the awesomeness about most all the books in our bins (with the possible exception of Team Youngblood) and my natural instinct is to keep awesome cult titles like Howard The Duck readily available to the reading public.  Today, Deon and I

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AvengersCaptain AmericaFeaturedMarvelMaster of Kung FuReviewSecret Avengers

Or – “Two Great Tastes That Taste Great Together…” Warren Ellis: Mind-blowing turbo-crazy awesome writing. David Aja: Mind-blowing three-dimensional kung-fu hijinks. Put ’em together, add a dash of Shang-Chi, and you just sold me a comic book, sirrah…

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Or – “Games Of Deceit And Death…“ Ever since 1973, Shang-Chi, the son of Fu Manchu, has walked the roads of the Marvel Universe seeking balance and spiritual enrichment.  Now that every single person in Manhattan has gained Spider-Man’s powerset, Shang’s search has been sidetracked a bit by a mystical menace that nobody else can perceive.  Will his fists of fury be enough to track down the big boss behind this game of death, or has he forever lost the way of the dragon in the spider’s web?

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Or – “我的父親说出我名字 上氣,意味上升精神…”  “My father named me Shang Chi, which means rising of the spirit.  He hoped that one day, I would become the world’s greatest kung fu master, as well as it’s most accomplished assassin…  I believed my father was a great man, and I was proud to call him master.  But even after I learned of his evil nature.  I never rejected the art of Kung Fu.  The Tao of the Warrior is sacred, and not even my father could corrupt it.”  What more do you really need to know? *Review

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MarvelMaster of Kung FuQuestionable IdeaRetro ReviewReview

Or – “The Thin Line Between High Concept and Dumb Idea.” Yesterday was the first Saturday of the month, what we at Gatekeeper Hobbies (Gage & Huntoon, Topeka, KS, tell ’em Matthew sent ya!) call “Buying Day.” Padding out the bottom of a box of comics we MEANT to buy was a very dog-eared copy of Master Of Kung Fu, circa 1980, that was bound for one of two places: The Quarter Bin, or my collection. Since the two are generally synonymous (and since I remember this book from my youth), I thought we might all enjoy it together, and

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