Bruce Lee: The Dragon Rises #1

Bruce Lee: The Dragon Rises #1

Writer: Jeff Kline, Shannon Lee Artist: Brandon McKinney Publisher: Darby Pop Release Date: April 6, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 2
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8.5User Rating

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Bruce Lee never died. And he hasn't aged. But, Bruce has no idea who he is or why so many "thugs" want a piece of him. Co-written by Bruce's daughter, Shannon Lee, and Jackie Chan Adventures EP Jeff Kline. With alternate Frank Cho cover. Double-sized first issue!

  • 10
    Graphic Policy - pharoahmiles Apr 8, 2016

    Altogether, a strong issue, that reminds me of a cross between the Boondocks episode where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came back from the dead and Encino Man. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Apr 4, 2016

    Bruce Lee is back and with it are his moves, a nice sense of humor, and a story that'll make you wonder if it might be based on real life. You'll want it to be, because you'll be reminded how badass Bruce Lee was as a fighter and a person. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Apr 8, 2016

    The second I saw “Bruce Lee” in the title of this issue, I knew it was going to be absolutely EPIC. I never thought Bruce Lee and sci-fi would mix together so well, but they do! I know there are tons of Bruce Lee fans out there. All of you need to read this issue and see Bruce Lee back in action—The Dragon Rises! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Apr 13, 2016

    So basically, if you have nostalgia for either Bruce Lee or the greatness of ABC at 8am on a Saturday, this isn't a bad little book. I'm not sure it has too much to offer any one else though. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Apr 4, 2016

    While some of the “fish out of water” stuff is a little on the nose at times, the tone stays pleasingly light throughout, giving the whole issue an engaging, ‘Saturday morning cartoon' vibe. Fans of Bruce Lee (which Im assuming is pretty much everyone, right?) are in for an absolute treat, and while it doesnt perhaps have a huge amount of meat on those storyline bones just yet, this is a definitely an enjoyable opening chapter for what is a truly intriguing comic book project. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Apr 5, 2016

    Like the character of Joe Toomey, Bruce Lee: The Dragon Rises is an affable throwback to the 1970s. Bruce Lee fans who also read comic books will actually find more it has more common with the comedic/espionage plotting of a Jackie Chan classic, but the combination mostly works. While this probably would have worked better as an extended one-shot, the mystery around Lee's return and the group behind it provides enough mystery to warrant at least a second look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - 13th Crusader Apr 7, 2016

    The script in this debut issue was not sophisticated at all; however, that doesn't mean it equates to a terrible plot or horrible story. Panels that contained sensible and obvious humor were plentiful throughout the book, and it also had its fair share of subtle quips geared more towards an older audience. The art put forth by Brandon McKinney definitely had a TV animation feel to it, but it worked well as the main intent of both the script and the artwork was designed to introduce the larger-than-life icon to a younger generation of readers while supplying a fresh and entertaining perspective of Bruce Lee for fans that grew up idolizing him. The fact that Shannon Lee provided her input on this project honoring her father via comic book format, makes this endeavor, much more special. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 Apr 29, 2016

    This book is a nice unique update to the "traditional" kung fu movie style, adding in some SciFi and quite a bit of modern comedic humor to the mix. The art is solid, and the likeness of Bruce Lee is quite good. I liked the idea of a cryogenically frozen kung fu master, unfrozen after 30 years, in 2012 (this may seem like an arbitrary choice, but for someone who thorough enjoys Bruce Lee and who's son was born in 2012, AND ALSO happens to be named Bruce, you dig for a few insights) which is why I already knew 2012 was the year of the dragon in the Chinese zodiac, AND that 2012 was the first time it had been that of the water dragon since the year of Bruce Lee's birth. Not surprising that this book would touch on these things, as its written by his daughter. This book had plenty of kung fu fighting, and these cats are IN FACT fast as lightning. I wouldn't say this book is ever really even a little bit frightening. Okay, that's enough of that. This was a really unique story, more so than I thought I was getting from a Bruce Lee comic. Only one minor editorial problem, but it was early on, and this is a BIG book with no ads, so you get your $4 worth. Fun, high flying action, for all the Bruce Lee fans out there!

  • 8.0
    Deficient_ai May 12, 2016

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