Master of Kung Fu #38-39
Issue(s): Master of Kung Fu #38, Master of Kung Fu #39
...and to retrieve papers for Sir Smith. It turns out that the British agent is actually in love with the Cat, who is no longer a communist, and that the papers did not belong to Smith. Shang-Chi's involvement exposes the fact that the Cat's girlfriend is indeed an agent, ruining their relationship.
Shang-Chi is becoming disillusioned with his current employers.
As always, Gulacy's stylish layouts and awesome martial arts depictions elevate the story.
Quality Rating: B
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showCat (Shen Kuei), Juliette (British Spy), Leiko Wu, Shang-Chi, Sir Denis Nayland Smith
Juliette (the British agent) should surely be tracked as well; she's a motor for future stories.
I'm always of two minds about this one: the art remains brilliant and two key characters are introduced (at some point there's a letter about the symmetry and the significance of Shang-Chi and Shen Kuei's names), but Cat always seem more of a storytelling device than an actual character, IMO, and it's a little weird seeing Shang-Chi fall so completely under Juliette's spell when he just met Leiko in what was (essentially) the previous arc.
But...without Juliette, there is no issue #69. And that's one of my favorites of the whole series, so...
Posted by: Dan Spector | October 3, 2014 7:05 AM
Thanks, Dan. I've added Juliette as a character appearing. I still don't have a lot of the MOKF series, including issue #69, so i missed her significance and i don't always track characters that don't have a last name.
Plus, neither the MCP or Marvel Appendix track her, so let me give a kudos to CMRO.
Posted by: fnord12 | October 3, 2014 7:49 AM
I remember having these issues when I was a kid. From my elementary thru high school years, martial arts schools and paraphenalia were "all the rage", and there was a local downtown shop that sold throwing stars, uniforms (gis), and nunchucks. Seeing the sequence of Shang-Chi with his "chucks" triggered that memory. By the way, Gulacy's rendering of said sequence was pretty damn cool when I was a wee lad, and is still impressive today.
Posted by: Brian Coffey | February 22, 2018 10:45 PM
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