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Thursday, August 28, 2003

The Breasts...er, Hands of Shang Chi
From page 16 of Shang Chi Master of Kung Fu #4, February 2003; © 2002 Marvel Characters, Inc.
If you've been paying attention to the front page of this site you should know I'm woefully behind on my comic reading. So I'm just now getting around to reading the new Shang Chi Master of Kung Fu mini-series that came out under Marvel's MAX imprint a while back. It's written by Doug Moench and illustrated by Paul Gulacy (pencils) and Jimmy Palmiotti (inks).

Marvel's MAX imprint lets them stamp a little "parental advisory explicit content" box on the front of each issue and the writer and artist can be a bit more graphic than in the regular marvel line. For this mini it just means that Doug Moench can have his badass Commander Spetz character curse colorfully a la R. Lee Ermey in Full Metal Jacket. Although Spetz isn't anywhere near as colorful or as inventive as Ermey. Gulacy gets to show real blood splattering during the fistfights, swordfights, gunfights, catfights, etc. All in all, nothing much to write home about but I'm sure putting this mini under the MAX imprint got it more notice than if they had published it under the regular Marvel line.

From page 20 of Shang Chi Master of Kung Fu #4, February 2003; © 2002 Marvel Characters, Inc. In issue four I came across the most unintentionally hilarious two panels I believe I've ever seen in a comic (including any issues of Youngblood by Rob Liefeld). Both of the panels are included here for your viewing pleasure. Gulacy can be over-the-top when it comes to drawing female characters. I'm well aware of this fact but for cryin' out loud *what* was he thinking when he drew these? The two women to the right are supposed to be part of an elite MI6 commando team (led by the potty-mouth Commander Spetz). I think they need to ask for a re-assignment. I mean, look at the fellas who are with them. They get to be all suited up and armored. What do the gals get to wear? Nothing!

I laughed out loud when I came to the first one on page sixteen and then laughed even harder when I saw the poor woman on page twenty. She's bound to flash someone while she's contorting with that big ol' flame gun. And she probably has to make sure and get a good bikini wax before going into battle. Talk about firing you up to kick some butt. I also love the fact that both women are in thigh-high boots with heels—perfect for gallivanting over rugged terrain. And they wonder why more women don't read comics.

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