Infinite Kung Fu

Infinite Kung Fu

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by Kagan McLeod
     
 

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One of YALSA's Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens!

Named one of the best graphic novels of the year by Publishers Weekly, Heeb Magazine, io9, CNN, Comic Book Resources, Complex, USA Today, Forbidden Planet International, IFC, ComicsAlliance, Paste, and Graphic Novel Reporter!

"Pure awesome. From über-violent kung fu fight sequences and zombie… See more details below

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One of YALSA's Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens!

Named one of the best graphic novels of the year by Publishers Weekly, Heeb Magazine, io9, CNN, Comic Book Resources, Complex, USA Today, Forbidden Planet International, IFC, ComicsAlliance, Paste, and Graphic Novel Reporter!

"Pure awesome. From über-violent kung fu fight sequences and zombie stalkers, to blood-drenched battles among armies and supernatural beings, this book is a testament to just how cool a well-drawn and well-written martial-arts action epic can be. If you pick up only one comic book or graphic novel... let this be the one." -- USA Today

"Over 450 pages of stunningly choreographed fight scenes of epic imagination. Kagan McLeod is a master cartoonist." -- CNN GeekOut

"The best elements of horror, Westerns, and of course, kung fu films are seamlessly interlaced to tell a highly imaginative tale. You couldn't sandblast the smile from my face as I read this." -- Ain't It Cool News

"INFINITE KUNG FU is glorious and deranged in the way that all comics should be." -- Warren Ellis, author of Transmetropolitan, Red, and Crooked Little Vein

"The great strength of this graphic novel is its originality, but equally impressive are McLeod's extraordinary illustrations and compelling narrative." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Stunningly gorgeous... McLeod's unique brand of comic book wizardry practically oozes out of every panel as his art delivers animated stylings with a hip-hop flavor." -- Complex

"All of that buzz and hype was completely on the money... It's like the best kung-fu movie you've ever seen, unimpaired by time or budget constraints." -- Comic Book Resources
"A kung fu epic for people who don't buy into the kung fu cult." -- Royal Flush

Infinite Kung Fu walks you through familiar corridors in the house of martial mayhem, but dares to take you where kung fu is afraid to go!

The Martial World is ruled by a mysterious emperor whose kung fu armies are each headed by a cruel and highly skilled master. Here, where the way of the fist is a way of life, ex-soldier Yang Lei Kung must infiltrate the emperor's forces and stop him from destroying all life on the planet. Allegiances are blurred as techniques are perfected, and Lei Kung becomes less certain who's friend and who's foe in each chapter!

Fists fly, limbs are lost and blood vessels burst in this tale of furious rivals, supernatural masters, walking corpses, and above all, raging kung fu!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Begun as a self-published series more than a decade ago, the comics series Infinite Kung Fuhas now been put together in a collected edition with 200 pages of new material, and the results are remarkable. The story centers on Lei Kung, a martial arts expert and former soldier who must infiltrate the five kung fu armies of an evil emperor in order to bring him down. With characters like Moog Joogular, Thursday Thoroughgood, and the Eight Immortals to help guide him along the way, Lei Kung constantly works to perfect his art and learn the secrets that will allow him to defeat a host of nefarious characters. In the story, the world as we know it has regressed to a time when technology is all but gone. Lei Kung must rely on his martial skill against the hordes of reanimated corpses that are slowly destroying the planet. The great strength of this graphic novel is its originality, but equally impressive are McLeod’s extraordinary illustrations and compelling narrative. (Sept.)
Library Journal
The Eight Immortals of Chinese legend and their eight students anchor this sumptuous fightfest. Five students have studied "poison kung-fu" and defected to become generals for the evil Emperor. So it falls upon students Lei Kung and Blaxsploitation character look-alike Moog Joogular to dispose of the generals and, finally, the Emperor, the eighth student having been killed by the disobedient five. Despite 16 key characters, all with Chinese-like names, the narrative threads are recognizable because of skillful character design and the overall sturdy story frame. A novel ingredient for this genre adds currency: a zombie explosion driven by the lack of new lives where recently dead souls may find reincarnation. Fortunately for the bad guys, zombies make handy support troops. But fortunately for the good guys, not very good support troops. VERDICT The extensive hand-to-hand combat has not the inventiveness of, say, Dragon Ball, but the story shines via its wonderful Asian art-inspired brush-and-ink work and other inventive details, like a mecha built from a Buddha head and a fight between two one-armed opponents using the bones from their severed arms as weapons. Recommended for older teen fans and up of fight manga and superhero thump-'ems.—M.C.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603091213
Publisher:
Idea & Design Works, LLC
Publication date:
05/15/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
688,274
File size:
180 MB
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