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Posted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 at 09:46:17 pm EDT (Viewed 459 times)
SPIDER-ISLAND DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU #1 (OF 3)
The cover was good and would have been real good if the woman with the katana meant something.
Got no problem with Spidey And Shang Chi as Friends http://www.comicboards.com/php/show.php?msg=smb-2011080204384584 but Shang's easily recognizing Peter Parker was jarring. Have THEY met?
The art was not to my liking but there was fair fluidity to it however the speed effects and detail-less background players were very displeasing. The last 2 panels here were are perfect example of the 'too rushed' effort: http://www.dailyblam.com/sites/all/files/images/news/2011/08/25/marvel-comics-preview-spider-island-deadly-hands-of-kung-fu-1/smikfu001intlr5.jpg Spider-man is not that fast, is he??
The ONE BIG FIGHT of NYC heroes, so far, that has been the nexus of the crossover so far. The idea of different POV for a particular, if not key, battle has been tried in DR, SIEGE, SHADOWLAND, etc. It just doesnt feel like it works clearly here - especially with so little different context to absorb. BTW, what the heck is going on with Cloak, in mid air mind you http://www.majorspoilers.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/SIDHOKF1F.jpg, and the flying car and loser hood ornament? Will have to check if it was told in ASM...
Basically the team-up with Iron Fist that followed was not much more than a martial arts picture book. Not even sure how much authentic Kung Fu style was in it. Anyone an expert on that here?
Julia felt spot on. It was not her on the cover, right?
It was nice getting a translation for Shang's name. Never knew that.
It was NOT nice getting an endless list of random animal+verb moves again. This is getting to be a bigger pet peeve. It was novel in the beginning but now it seems like a prerequisite martial arts story exercise. A displeasing attempt at adding yet another new move in lieu of script. [Has any of the endless list been repeated? Has anyone even catalogued all of them all yet? Its similar to the endless Dr. Strange book spells going on over in NA - but at least they sometimes throw in a significant MU character spellsmith.]
At least this story expresses that the Immortal Weapons are likely immune to the infestation because they 'are not human'. Still no confirmation for the heroes AFAIK - but its something.
Having read the last Iron Fist series, Bride's powers are known. Not sure how readers introduced to her would find the (abstract) presentation/explanation of what she is doing - ironically with the webbing ability which appears new - but Spi-Isl unrelated. Her telling readers that she is immortal feels misleading - always took the 'immortal' in IMMORTAL WEAPONS to be more of a mantle/lineage of the Cities Heroes. And the artstyle did not do her beauty justice.
There was no curiousity with the predictable fight results but the ending did offer a bit of a mystery. Wonder if Bride's master is the same as Jackal's.
Good Spi-Isl chrono-presentation and spoiler panel from this issue:
Still missing my brother...
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