Master of Kung Fu #1

Master of Kung Fu #1

Writer: Haden Blackman Artist: Dalibor Talajic Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 20, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 7
8.2Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

• Welcome to the mystical land of K'UN LUN, where the study of martial arts reigns supreme!
•  In a world where everyone is well-trained in at least some form of deadly combat, what becomes of a drunken, drop-out failure?
•  If anyone speaks out against Emperor Zu, the price is their head! Good thing Shang-Chi's a man of discretion and...oh, who are we kidding. This is going to get nasty.

  • 10
    Herotaku - Brian Benjamin May 24, 2015

    If you're a fan of old Martial Arts films and Marvel characters. I highly recommend picking up Masters of Kung Fu #1. This was a fantastic first issue that has me excited for what is to come when more issues come out. I know most fans don't pick up tie-in books but this is one of those that you need too. If for anything else, it's just a good read. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Danny Wall May 24, 2015

    Whether you follow Shang Chi as a character or just love action movies, this comicbook hits all the right beats. The world of K'un L'un is very well realized, and there are enough twists to its backstory and there are enough truly surprising character appearances to really make this an exciting read. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer May 25, 2015

    The fight scenes are excellently choreographed, which could have something to do with penciller Talaji being a practitioner of the martial arts himself. The layouts too are incredibly eye-grabbing, and show an epic, cinematic flair. All in all, owing more than a little to the classic Drunken Master kung fu films, Master of Kung Fu #1 still makes this retelling of Marvel mainstays feel original and fresh. Even if it didn't have that irresistible Secret Wars attraction, this would regardless be a comic in which to delight and revel. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza May 21, 2015

    Like Mike Grell's "Green Arrow" work from the 1990s, "Master of Kung Fu" #1 delivers a briskly paced story filled with levels of detail and churning plot construction. The book moves faster than its twenty pages but, upon further review, it packs more in than most modern twenty-page comic books, and in a tale with no splash pages that includes an introduction to a land, its conflicted people and the danger rising over the horizon at that. "Master of Kung Fu" #1 is a smart introduction to what appears to be a high-octane adventure filled with the unknown and unexpected, as Shang-Chi must figure out how to best the Thirteen Chambers in order to reclaim his honor. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby May 21, 2015

    All in all, Master of Kung Fu #1 is a welcome return for Shang-Chi, as well as a solid introduction into a promising realm with loads of potential. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - John Ernenputsch May 23, 2015

    Hopefully the setup is out of the way, because if given the room to just kick ass this book has the writer and artists with the ability to take the series from good to great in a hurry. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Jun 1, 2015

    I’m stoked that Shang-Chi is back, and excited to see what Marvel will do with his story next. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of this issue, and tell us what you think! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Witt Jun 2, 2015

    One can also feel a certain Tarantino vibe here, with the first issue feeling like a classic Kung Fu story of the 70s and 80s, which is full of a beautiful blend of just the right amount of action, camp, and witty dialogue. The plot here is easy to follow and presented coherently, a must when taking on a task of reintroducing characters or locales in a manner unfamiliar with the reader, and I for one am chomping at the bit to see how this adventure unfolds. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Brett I May 21, 2015

    Secret Wars is looking to be one of the most fun events weve had in comics in a while. With a first issue like this, Ill be happy to follow along. This was a solid start to a story which could turn out to be excellent, and Im excited to find out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon May 20, 2015

    Master of Kung Fu is a pleasant surprise. It's not a particularly weighty book but it is a fun, quick read that sets up the next chapter well and actually makes you excited to see more from a fringe character. That's a best case scenario for an event tie-in, if I've ever read one. Blackman and Talajic's reinvention of Shang-Chi might not be the most original book you pick up this week but you'd be hard pressed to find another title with such tight craftsmanship. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes May 23, 2015

    The issue is a set up issue, as most first issues are. However, along with the signs and portents of the conclusion, this issue includes a big upside with the fun element. I am not sure that I like the book because of it's simplicity or the fact that the market, at least Big Two wise, seems to be stagnating waiting for the big issues that are scheduled to follow their respective summer “blockbusters”. Either way, it's a promising start for a character that has a huge fan base, but maybe not the commercial success he deserves. Now that he looks like Keanu, that might change. Read Full Review

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