Master of Kung Fu from the beginning (reviews by shaxper) May 1, 2014 19:06:05 GMT -5
Post by shaxper on May 1, 2014 19:06:05 GMT -5
This thread has been a long time coming. I first became aware of Doug Moench's writing over four years ago while reviewing his original run on Batman, which, though uneven, still stands as my favorite Batman era of all time. Next, and quite accidentally, I discovered his work on Planet of the Apes and, falling head over heals for that run, became a Doug Moench fan for life. Since that time, I've sought out more Moench work whenever I could, whether his work on the Warren and Marvel black and white mags, his and Gulacy's Six from Sirius, his underrated Thor run, or his odd but unique Electric Warrior series. But, through it all, I've talked and talked about finally getting around to Moench's most celebrated and critically acclaimed work -- and the time is finally here.
The plan is to read the entire Shang-Chi chronology, beginning before Moench and continuing after his departure, and probably end with the final issue of Master of Kung Fu. It will be an undertaking that should take around two years to complete and, knowing how my free time works these days, there will be weeks where I update tirelessly and weeks where this thread doesn't see a single update.
So the question that I begin with in approaching this series:
Okay, so Marvel acquires the license to produce comics featuring Fu Manchu, and they decide to use it to create a totally original character in a totally different genre (kung fu as opposed to detective/espionage) and not even mention Fu Manchu anywhere in the title. Why? Why not just create their own villain patterned off of the oft imitated and highly cliche Dr. Fu Manchu instead of paying for the rights and then sorely under-using them? And wouldn't that create problems with their using Shang Chi to any great extent once the license had expired? I just don't get it.
Anyway, on with the reviews!
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*Enter the Doug: An in-depth exploration of the circumstances under which Doug Moench came to write Shang-Chi.
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