Characters Appearing: Lazarus (Midnight Slasher), Leiko Wu, Shang-Chi
Marvel Comics Presents #156-158 (Shang-Chi)
Issue(s): Marvel Comics Presents #156, Marvel Comics Presents #157, Marvel Comics Presents #158 (Shang-Chi story only)
The normally capable Leiko Wu is nothing but a hostage this entire story.
Lazarus repeatedly refers to Shang-Chi as the "Master" in this story. I guess Karl Bollers is treating Master of Kung Fu as Shang-Chi's official super-hero name.
Also, as Michael notes, Shang-Chi wins using a "Silent Shout". The weird sort-of set-up for this is a flashback where Shang-Chi is a child, and his father forced him to fight a mute kid with the unfortunate name of Ah Lung. Shang-Chi wins but refuses to kill him, so Fu Manchu has his goons kill Ah Lung instead. And since Ah Lung is mute, Shang-Chi "scream[ed] his terror... for him".
The flashback occurs while Shang-Chil has been knocked out by a poison dart. When he wakes up, here's the complete sequence in which the "Silent Shout" is used.
So we don't actually "see" the shout, and you might almost think it's something metaphorical, just him drawing strength from the memory of Ah Lung. But Shang-Chi does say that using it will leave him mute for days.
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Shang-Chi defeats Lazarus with some weird "Silent Shout" power that he's never used before or since.
Posted by: Michael | April 18, 2018 9:20 PM
Added some scans and notes about the Silent Shout.
Posted by: fnord12 | April 20, 2018 12:43 PM
A "Silent Shout" showed up in one panel of Elektra:Assassin. It was very silly there as well.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | April 20, 2018 6:48 PM
There was a 1984 Doctor Strange issue about the silent shout too. Shang-Chi must have not shouted really loudly to blow his voice out like that. I expect it's mystical.
Posted by: Benway | April 25, 2018 8:56 AM
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