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Avengers World #3

As a Shang Chi, Master of Kung Fu comic book this was a fine superhero adventure installment - undermined only by the unnecessary (and unwanted) usage (and sad presentation) of his Starktech guantlets (a fact only known to established followers that... hey! It looks like he has Starkslippers apparently for show... *meh*).

As an Avengers Team Book this was a pathetic (too harsh?) promotion of the Avengers as a franchise concept. A solo adventure in only the 3rd issue? Bah. AFAIK, this title is not being solicited as a solo book and just reminding readers of the fleeting reveal (from TWO issues) that Madripoor is riding on the head of a frikkin'huge sea-monster but nothing further bordered reader unfriendly. Oh sure, there was the new tiniest tidbit that Gorgon had summoned the beast to take the city out to sea that was inappropriately mislplaced in the non-canon PrevPage.

Lighting up Logan, Tasha and Sam in the Roll Call page was more false advertising cruelty since they don't even appear save for one panel that could as easily be flashback as it could be in the now. You can see their entire appearance -if you wanna call it that- in the preview linked below. So, much for expecting/hoping they ride shotgun for their team mate. And speaking of teams and PrevPage, it was very misleading to give readers the impression that the quartet were working FOR Maria Hill as ASSETS as opposed to a joint effort. If that was the case why not just call the series Avengers Solo, or Avengers SHIELD, or Secret Avengers*ahem*, or Avengers Undercover*cough*?

Shang Chi was brilliant in action. His spouting zen-like narration was quite decent too. Even the memories that inspired him worked okay on a spiritual level. (And not to be diminished/confused with Iron First who is actually infused with the moves of his predecessors or Power Man Vic who can probably channel the moves of his community if he wanted to.) Only that darn Starktech really muddied his portrayal. Did he use knockout gas from somewhere on The Hand (apparently headed by Gorgon, all or in part)? Would that kick to the chin have been an implied techno-kick? Does he shoot plasma blasters ala Wasp or Widow out at Gorgon's chest? How stupid was the Hulk-slap to snuff out all the torches in the complex to you? He was lucky Madripoor is blind in moonlight. The wonderful art wonderfully covered for those trivial (but serious) battle nitpicks.

Question1: Has anyone checked if Minzhe, Jing, and Danghai are real people? It would make the story martial arts aspect of the issue that much better.
Question2: Who liked http://www.comicbookresources.com/prev_img.php?pid=20280&pg=1 the exquisite variant collage better?

I miss Dad and Dan.

I thought this issue was BORING. I don't think I've ever read an issue so fast before... I think I was done in two minutes and feeling unfulfilled. Maybe not giving a crap about Shang Chi attributed to this.

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