The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu returns in this awesome graphic novel collection. Shang-Chi gets the all-star treatment as this lesser known Hero for Hire finds himself in two rather impressive arcs; Deadly Hands of Kung Fu: Spider Island and Deadly Hands of Kung Fu: Out Of The Past.
Deadly Hands of Kung Fu: Spider Island is definitely the stronger more memorable arc. We get to see how Shang-Chi reacts when he is faced with the question about great powers coming with great responsibility. He is one of the victims of Jackals attack on Manhattan Island. As a result of his attack, most of the inhabitants of Manhattan have been gifted with the same abilities as Spider-Man. Criminals are running rampant on the streets as they are abusing their new found powers. But Shang-Chi the master of all martial arts has just been given more power than he could ever imagine as well. He finds himself on a rescue mission as he must rescue his friend and alloy Iron Fist from The Bride of Nine Spiders. She is collecting all of the immortal weapons and Shang-Chi is the only man capable of extracting Iron Fist from the Bride of Nine Spiders’ Lair.
Deadly Hands of Kung Fu: Out of The Past is the second arc in which Shang-Chi finds himself returning to the Tactical Espionage Antics of MI-6. He returns to England after learning that one of his closest friends has been murdered. Determined to find her killer, Sang Chi has to return to the underworld of crime as he finds himself going toe-to-toe with both the Asian mafia and the mystical forces that have recruited their services. All is not as it seems and Shang-Chi discovers that not everyone is as innocent as they seem.
The art in this graphic novel is great and so is the writing. The more superior arc is definitely the first as it contains some highly detailed art that will leave you in awe. The second arc has some great writing but the art is just near as great as the first issue. It is great that we get to see Shang-Chi in his more contemporary look as this captures the reader. The action sequences are easy to follow and flow from page to page. Once you open this book, you will find yourself enthralled by the images on display and you will undoubtedly read Marvel’s Mightiest Heroes Graphic Novel Collection #52 from start to finish in no time.
This issue is a great inclusion to the Marvel’s Mightiest Heroes collection as it gives this lesser known character the mainstream boost he needs. This is especially cool because we will be seeing his on-screen debut soon. That’s right, his Kung Fu will feature in Netflix’s Iron Fist.