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2013: Master of Kung Fu #19

" Retreat "
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Master of Kung Fu #19
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Gil Kane
Writers: Steve Englehart
Pencilers: Paul Gulacy
Inkers: Al Milgrom
Colourists: Stan Goldberg
Letterers: Tom Orzechowski
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: August 1974
Release Date: June 1974
Story Arc: -
Pages: 18
Cover Price: $0.25
Times Read: 174                 Times Rated: 115
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Shang Chi has fled deep into the Florida Everglades to escape his father's assassins. There he finds the Man-Thing, emphatic protector of this moorish land.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Shang-Chi last appeared in Master of Kung Fu #18. Shang-Chi next appears in Master of Kung Fu #20.
Supporting Characters
  Blackjack Tarr
Blackjack Tarr last appeared in Master of Kung Fu #18. Blackjack Tarr next appears in Giant-Size Spider-Man #2.
Man-Thing last appeared in Giant-Size Man-Thing #1. Man-Thing next appears in Monsters Unleashed #5a (v1).
  Denis Smith
Denis Smith last appeared in Master of Kung Fu #18. Denis Smith next appears in Giant-Size Spider-Man #2.
  Lu Sun
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Lu Sun in the mainstream continuity.
  Fu Manchu
Fu Manchu last appeared in Master of Kung Fu #18. Fu Manchu next appears in Master of Kung Fu #21.
Jekin last appeared in Master of Kung Fu #18.
Dahar last appeared in Master of Kung Fu #18.
Group Appearances
Si-Fan last appeared in Master of Kung Fu #18. Si-Fan next appears in Master of Kung Fu #21.
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Issue Review
   March 31, 2016
Good use of a guest star - Man-Thing - and the wise words of an observer keeps this action-packed issue from being a mere slugfest. 7/10
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  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-25 07:19:00  
  I like that Shang Chi is in the Marvel Universe, but I hope they keep the interactions to a minimum. Beyond Iron Fist & SHIELD, maybe Luke Cage, I don't think he fits into the superhero world at this time.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-05-14 10:54:22  
  It made sense that Man-Thing was the shocking guest star. Unfortunately, that made this issue kind of predictable.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-09-23 16:25:33  
  When Man-Thing was first introduced his effect on the fearful seemed to be some kind of chemical burn that scarred them. His last few appearances he has seemingly upgraded to napalm throwers.
So no explanation as to why Lu Sun was just wandering around the swamps when he came across the Shang-Chi?

  Shintetsuken Says:    
  2016-08-30 16:47:00  
  +1 for awesome Man-Thing spread (wow, that sounds dirty)
-1 for Man-Thing and Shang-Chi not actually fighting

Overall, still enjoyed it.

  Zidko Says:    
  2016-10-25 06:42:10  
  Given that we get no other explanation for Lu Sun's presence, I think he is meant to be a manifestation of Shang Chi's internal conflict. Shang Chi was still under the influence of the mimosa hallucinations.

Side note:
I'm starting to get strong Darth Vader/Luke vibes from Fu Manchu & Shang Chi in these last couple issues

  Russ Says:    
  2017-10-22 13:01:08  
  Of all possible Marvel characters that Shang-Chi would first encounter, the Man-Thing would have been my last guess. Somehow, here, it actually worked well. Shang-Chi's wonderment of the swamp creature probably kept its curiosity piqued, which might've been an explanation for it hanging around Shang-Chi and Lu San.

That is, if Lu San was ever there in the first place. I also found his presence and his apparent knowledge of the Man-Thing puzzling, since he's never been seen in that series. I'm going with @Zidko's explanation: Lu San is a figment of Shang-Chi's imagination that was still under the lingering influence of that Mimosa from last issue.

4 stars. Also really liked the ongoing conflict with Fu Manchu's two assassins through the swamp.

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-12-11 22:57:59  
  Man-Thing makes everything better.  

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   February 12, 2018 TStarnes
   February 12, 2018 TStarnes
   June 30, 2016 fragsel Added Lu Sun to the issue.
   June 30, 2016 fragsel Added Dahar to the issue.
   June 30, 2016 fragsel Added Jekin to the issue.
   December 3, 2015 TStarnes Changed comic details.
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