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Deadly Hands Of Kung Fu: Gang War #1 (of 3)

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WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON? GANG WAR has thrown the crime lords and super heroes of New York into a deadly conflic,t and as both, Shang-Chi must play each side against each other in a dangerous game of deception! When he became leader of his family’s Five Weapons Society, he promised to use it for good, but friends and foes alike have been unsure of his true intentions. The stakes of Gang War will force his hand as he vows to protect Chinatown and use the opportunity to eliminate the Five Weapon Society’s biggest rivals! He’ll use his world-class fighting skills as well as deceit, calculation and manipulation to navigate the battlefields as he learns the Art of War is all about the shades of gray!

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  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu: Gang War #1 brings another player onto the board. Initially wanting to be isolated from the rest of the event, it is evident that circumstances do not want that to remain the case. The notion of implications for what happens within this crossover is consistent with the majority of the tie-ins, giving the whole event more weight and edge.

  • 90

    Graphic Policy

    Overall, Deadly Hands of Kung Fu: Gang War #1 is an excellent debut issue that shows why Shang Chi is such a beloved character in comics. The story by Greg Pak is brilliant. The art by the creative team is marvelous. Altogether, Deadly Hands of Kung Fu: Gang War #1 is a story that shows evil lurks in corners you do not necessarily see coming.

  • 80


    Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu: Gang War is a fun issue, leaning into the war aspect of “Gang War” while setting up Shang-Chi to be stripped down and tested in a way he hasn’t for some time.

  • 74

    Comic Watch

    Instead of being a breakout issue, Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu: Gang War #1 ends up delivering an enjoyable, if predictable, tie-in to Gang War. The book is at its best in its action sequences, or in the exploration of Shang-Chis inner conflicts, but falls flat in the delivery of visuals in these introspective moments. The book approaches the status of moving past being just a tie-in status but doesnt quite reach its goal. Hopefully, the next issue will recalibrate after the establishment of the new status quo and strive to reach the highs that should come with the mantle of Master of Kung Fu.

  • 60

    Major Spoilers

    As an Asian-American, I love this character and am somewhat protective of his interpretation. I am happy that the writing for Shang-Chi is respectful of the culture. But the story needs more development pages for me to be fully invested. And that isn’t a creative team issue; they are working with the page count they are given. The writing is decent, and the art is consistent, but I need another issue to set up the characterization a little more.

  • 60

    Derby Comics

    Shang-Chi, now the reluctant leader of the Five Weapons Society, finds himself caught in a web of deceit and manipulation as the Gang War engulfs New York City. He must navigate a treacherous path to protect Chinatown and prevent further bloodshed for the citizens he’s been sworn to protect, but his own followers question his decisions. Greg Pak’s story is fine enough, though there isn’t much bite in this story yet. It follows a predictable narrative and Spider-Man’s cameo paints the webslinger as someone unwilling to budge on his own beliefs. In addition, Caio Majado’s art isn’t the strongest and can verge of lifeless in some panels. His younger version of Shang-Chi was a major wtf moment — Shang-Chi is meant to be an adolescent but looks like a balding 40-year old for some reason?

    This was an okay issue, but can hopefully take off in the next issue now that the story has been set up.

  • 50

    Deadly Hands of Kung Fu: Gang War proves to be the best of the limited series tie-in to this Amazing Spider-Man event, although the bar hasn’t been set terribly high. The first issue reestablishes Shang-Chi’s status quo and motives (i.e. think Green Hornet) then sets him in the middle of a Manhattan island at war; as a result he has to deal with exterior and interior threats. The exposition is brief and set up familiar enough to do away with any prologue by the issue’s end. It also means that the best is yet to come as the encounters found in issue #1 primarily exist to frame Shang-Chi’s decisions and have him rely more on being the master of Kung Fu than the Ten Rings. Although those elements are perfunctory in nature and the action available is presented in an understandable but underwhelming manner, the last page promises better things ahead. Let’s hope issue #2 delivers.

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