Special Marvel Edition #16
Issue(s): Special Marvel Edition #16
Shang-Chi engages in a death-duel with his adopted brother Midnight, aka M'Nai, who was raised from childhood by Fu Manchu after MI-6 destroyed his African village trying to foil one of Manchu's plots. Shang-Chi and Midnight were like brothers.
Despite their closeness, Chi is forced to close off a part of himself to fight his brother and friend due to Manchu's orders that Midnight kill Shang Chi.
Midnight is killed during the fight. No capes!
Shang-Chi is currently living in Central Park. He gets into a fight with a multi-racial gang. Say what you want about gang culture; in the Marvel Universe at least, you can't deny they are equal opportunity employers.
There's nothing terribly wrong with this issue, but it doesn't live up to its potential in a few ways. Firstly, under different creators, Shang-Chi will go far beyond stereotypical kung fu fights and plots about honor and duty. Second, Starlin's art here is fine, but not mind-blowing the way his cosmic storylines will allow him to be, and not really even as innovative as last issue. The direction of the title seems to flounder a bit here, and if it wasn't for the posthumous popularity of Midnight this would seem like a really pointless issue and big misstep for the second issue of a series. Things will improve, however.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
"Master of Kung Fu" was originally announced as just plain "Fu Manchu".
Posted by: Mark Drummond | February 3, 2013 7:13 PM
Weird thing #1) They created such a complex and significant backstory for M'nai just to kill him off in the same issue.
Posted by: Andrew | October 9, 2016 7:52 PM
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