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Deadly Hands of Kung Fu Omnibus Vol. 2 Hardcover – June 20, 2017
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But the graphic features are the main attraction. The best, and the only one that lasted the entire run, was the White Tiger feature that followed on from the Sons of the Tiger feature in the previous collection. Writer Bill Mantlo deserves most of the credit but his various artists and inkers hold up their end as well, with George Perez being notable. Although the strip doesn't end on a cliffhanger, the Abe Brown subplot is not resolved here; I think that happens in Power Man and Iron Fist.
Then there is the 6 part Iron Fist epic by Chris Claremont. It's generally well written but I was put off by the cavalier treatment death gets in this story. Yes, it's the Marvel Universe, and nobody *really* dies but this aspect of the story really waters down the suspense and shock. The plot also was one of those where when the villain is defeated everything reverts back to the status quo ante; it's as though it never happened. A rather lazy plot crutch in my opinion. Ruby Nebres' art (he pencilled and inked) made it all go down smoothly, however.
There was also a "Swordquest" feature that was set in Korea, in what looked to be the 17th century. It was fairly interesting but I got the impression that it was wrapped up sooner than originally intended.
There are also some standalone stories. One featured Iron Fist vs. Shang-Chi, another was a Shang-Chi solo story, and there was another fine historical piece called "Samarai". Pat Broderick's art is wonderful on this last.
One issue in this collection was dedicated to a Bruce Lee biography told part in text and part in graphics. It is surprisingly even handed. I was interested in the part where Lee and James Coburn are in India trying to get their screenplay produced. It eventually happened as "Circle of Iron" which I paid money to see back in the day...unfortunately.
The last feature is another Claremont effort called "Daughters of the Dragon" featuring his private eyes Collen Wing and Misty Knight. This feature does much to get this collection a "Mature Content" advisory as frontal nudity abounds. A story left over when the magazine folded eventually was published in Bizarre Adventures and is included here as well. It takes the feature in a decidedly supernatural direction. This feature held some promise but the magazine's cancellation meant that that promise would not be fulfilled.
Extras are few and nothing special; some house ads, original art, and collection covers.
Recommended if only for the graphic features. If the text features are of interest I highly recommend it. As with the first volume, the publishers had a tough decision. Print everything, including the parts of uncertain interest, or just the graphic features? They chose the first option. The superb production values go a long way towards making this purchase palatable.