Master of Kung Fu #126
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Master of Kung Fu #126

Writer: Cm Punk Artist: Dalibor Talajic Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 8, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 5
5.9Critic Rating
6.1User Rating

Shang-Chi's Day Off Part 1 (OF 1)
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!
Rated T+

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 9, 2017

    The art by Dalabor Talajic is very good, with a nice gritty feel to the proceedings - but it's not enough to lift this one-shot above the status of being a basic fill-in issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Alexander Jones Nov 9, 2017

    This isn't the dark ages anymore (we all live in that reality every day). So, why not just sit back, relax, and enjoy the antics of Shang-Chi for a humorous ride of thrills and martial art buffoonery? Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Black Nerd Problems - Omar Holmon Nov 9, 2017

    Long story short, CM Punk and Dalibor Talajic deliver a fun side-quest for Shang-Chi. Check out what the master of Kung-Fu gets into on when not breaking faces on the clock. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 8, 2017

    The story is absurd but fun and there are some funny moments and one-liners in this issue. I fear that the lighter tone might box the character into a corner in the future. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Nov 12, 2017

    For a new reader, I hate to say it but Master of Kung Fu #126 is a poor introductionto Shang-Chi if you have never been introduced to this character before. The story has great potential, but CM Punk needs some work on basic comic book storytelling, he relies too much on his writing and jokes instead of letting artistDalibor Talajic take the reins. Hopefully, Marvel will give Shang-Chi another chance at a series; because in the right hands you can tell some fantastic stories with his characters (may I suggest Ed Brisson he has been on a role with the current Iron Fist series). The art on Master of Kung Fu #126 is the highlight asDalibor Talajic andErick Arciniega really shine throughout the issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    IGN - Blair Marnell Nov 9, 2017

    Dalibor Talajic's artwork is a treat to pore over, and even the Kung Fu monkey looked good. Unfortunately, that's not enough to overlook this issue's lackluster story and the half-hearted attempt to turn Shang-Chi into something that he isn't. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Nov 10, 2017

    "Master of Kung Fu" #126 is a cute, slightly problematic take on Shang-Chi wrapped up in magnificent artwork. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Nov 8, 2017

    I want to tell you to support the first Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu comic to come out since Secret Wars. I want to say this was better than I expected. However, it really wasnt. It was pretty distinctly awful. The humor wasnt funny. The villains were insufferable. The art is the only saving grace, and it cant salvage the fairly moronic plot. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    411Mania - Brandon J. Griffin Nov 10, 2017

    Dalibor Talajic's art has the essence of an old Kung Fu movie, successfully hammering home the intended tone along with Erick Arciniega's color. Unfortunately there isn't much else to grab onto here. Fans of Shang Chi should look to the recent arc of Ed Brisson's Iron Fist for a more satisfying experience worthy of both the character and their time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Rick Jonez Nov 11, 2017

    I am more than a bit surprised at the low average so far. This was fun to read. (Especially after the disappointing return of Moon Knight). If only the art was a bit better and the campiness was dialed down just a a bit, it could have been a very good read.

  • 7.0
    CrazyforRAMU May 21, 2018

    Shang-Chi crushes a cheap Hand scientist's dreams of training Kung-Fu animals. CM Punk has worked hard to deliver a funny story, but his jokes are too generic and his antagonist is too lightweight to carry more than 2-3 pages against *any* Marvel hero. This is a "kooky tone-setting scene explaining why Shang-Chi has a monkey sidekick" moment inadvisably blown up to issue length. As an introduction or standalone story it's just too flimsy; this might do as a comedy breather episode in an ongoing Shang-Chi series. Dalibor Talajić does at least work hard to make it look pretty.

  • 4.0
    Herushalaim Nov 9, 2017

    This one-shot certainly won't make fans want an ongoing. Its poor attempts at humor often drag down a poor attempt at a plot. The art's nice, at least? It's not as bad as I was expecting from these one-shots, but it definitely doesn't hold a candle to last week's Power Pack #63.

  • 6.5
    Phillucifer Nov 9, 2017

  • 5.0
    Trickster666 Feb 16, 2018

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