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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: DrMaster
  • MSRP: 19.95
  • Pages: 240
  • ISBN: 978-1-59796-116-5
  • Size: B5
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Chinese Hero

Chinese Hero Vol. #02

By Ron Quezon     January 08, 2008
Release Date: May 31, 2007

Chinese Hero Vol.#02
© DrMaster

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Wing Shing Ma
Translated by:Yun Zhao
Adapted by:Matthew A. Scrivner

What They Say
It's been years since Hero lost his son and servant Sheng Nu to the abyss near the No Shadow School. Unbeknownst to Hero, they have survived, but not without much trepidation and repeated peril. The seemingly villainous Hell's Gate will stop at nothing to grant the dying wish of their deceased leader: to make Hero's young son the new clan leader of the infamous Hell's Gate!

The Review
This installment of Chinese Hero picks up right where the previous volume leaves off. Hero (Yin Xiong Hua) and his throng are pitted against his nemesis, General Satan. Things are not going well as Hero is on the verge of death! The legendary martial arts master, Sword Saint, steps in just in time and stops the fighting. He and Hero travel back to his secret practice grounds to start the healing process on Hero. With them are Lohan, Elder Sword, Hidden Sword, and the children Zhi and Qing. Before Sword Saint can fully heal Hero, more skirmishes ensue, and the group has their hands full with General Satan’s Assassin #1, Heart Demon. Will Hero fully heal in time to fight? This assassin has the power to strike more than fear into their hearts!

The rest of Volume 2 focuses on Hero’s friend Sheng Nu and Hero’s son, Jian Xiong. Fifteen years pass, and not knowing of Hero’s whereabouts, Sheng Nu has raised Jian into the very likeness of his father. Not only is Jian an expert in the martial arts, but also is quite the town brat and bully. Their quiet life is violently interrupted by the reappearance of Death Gate-- the same extremist group who originally kidnapped Jian years earlier. Sheng Nu and Jian are about to fall into capture just as the real fighting begins. Ghost Shadow, the Monk, and twenty-eight others of Death Gate’s sworn enemies appear— ready to do battle. Can Jian, Sheng Nu, and company fend off Death Gate one more time? What has become of Hero?

If you like the first volume of Chinese Hero, you should find Volume 2 just as amazing. Wing Shing Ma continues the quick plot tempo with one electrifying martial arts battle after another. The patterns and colors are vibrant and enhance a classic art style from years past. Be prepared for a plot heavy on the fighting and light on the character development. Some of the humor is a bit crude and almost cruel (read about Jian and the dog), but is typical for the series. However, if you’re into martial arts melees, you’ll find yourself looking forward to one page after the next.

Just as in the last volume, there are gaps in the plot logic. In particular, the relationships and attitudes betweens characters are inconsistent (especially those concerning Jian). In the later sections concerning Death Gate, it’s a question as to who is on Jian’s side, and vice-versa. Another hitch in the series is the number of characters introduced in a short number of pages. I read these sections a couple times to sort the characters out, but some of their names sound too much alike (Sword Saint, Elder Sword, Hidden Sword, etc.) As an aside, not all of the sound effects are translated.

Overall, I am pleased that Dr Master maintains the same high level of quality from Volume 1 to Volume 2. My copy was free of the superimposed image printing problem found in Volume 1. However, I recommend inspecting your copy thoroughly to ensure an optimum reading experience. Chinese Hero Volume 2 should be a fine addition for collectors and fans alike.


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