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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 15 & Up
  • Released By: DrMaster
  • MSRP: 18.95
  • Pages: 240
  • ISBN: 978-1-59796-124-0
  • Size: B5
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Chinese Hero

Chinese Hero Vol. #05

By Ron Quezon     July 03, 2008
Release Date: February 28, 2008

Chinese Hero Vol.#05
© DrMaster

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Ding Kin Lau / Wing Shing Ma
Translated by:Yun Zhao
Adapted by:Benjamin Stone

What They Say
Hero rescues the missing people in Steel Bull Valley by defeating Steel Bull, the ruler of the valley. Before dying, Steel Bull lets out a cry calling a riot of the bulls in the valley that kills Lohan. While Hero is trying to get back to China Tower, he meets a prophet and finds out that he is going to be lonely for the rest of his whole life.

The Review
After finding the kidnapped residents of Chinatown, Hero Hua plunges into the depths of the Steel Bull Valley. The fighting is fierce. Soon Lohan, Wu Yuan, and Jian Xiong also invade the Black Dragon Gang stronghold. As Hero defeats their mightiest, Steel Bull, the situation looks under control. But wait! As Hero and the captives start down the narrow valley, Steel Bull shouts one last order. With the thunder of hooves, a stampede barrels down the valley after them. Just before everyone is trampled, Lohan straps dynamite to his torso and charges at the steers. Wu Yuan and the others can only watch in awe as Lohan launches the full force of his Shocking Stance.

Back in China Tower, Zhi, Qin, and Mu face off against the Black Dragon Gang's latest onslaught, the Four Guards. Don't let their looks fool you! They don't look menacing as Roman guards, but these assassins come with deadly sword and axes. Zhi does his best to keep them at bay, but it's when he's at near exhaustion that Ghost Servant steps in. Ghost Servant quickly initiates his powerful Soul Shifting technique. Not to be outdone, Gold Guard counters with his devastating sword attack and rips shrapnel through Ghost Servant's entire body.

On the other side of town, a new enemy emerges-- Luo Xiu Gate. Taibo Jin controls this group of ninjas, which includes his elite fighters, the Five Shaman. Taibo Jin was once beaten by Hero himself, leading to his fall from power. Now he's back and intends to retake his position as general of the Black Dragon Gang.

Will Lohan's Shocking Stance be enough to overcome the raging bulls? How will Zhi and Qin defeat the Four Guards without Ghost Servant? Just how powerful is Luo Xiu Gate and will Hero become a pawn in their plans?

If you enjoy the action packed Chinese Hero saga, you should find this volume a page turner. From the fight in Steel Bull Valley to the fray in China tower, the lines and colors jump off the pages. The character change is especially dramatic for Hero. It's a welcome deviation from the usual indulgence of fighting, sprinkled with a bit of character development here and there. Lohan's selfless actions add a dark haze around Hero's sense of justice. However, it's a beaten Ghost Servant that opens a rift between Hero and the others. Hero's out for blood now and doesn't care if anyone (especially the dwarf spies) gets in his way. His soul burns for revenge-- something that has been lacking from the last couple volumes.

There were a few areas of the story that didn't work for me. Though its beef with the Black Dragon Gang is intriguing, the Luo Xiu Gate itself is a bit of a let down. Taibo Jin and the Five Shaman look tough but not powerful enough to defeat Hero. In contrast, the previous volume has me anticipating a vicious brawl with Invincible. (Now, there's a worthy adversary for Hero!) In addition, Zhi's comic relief is a bit weak. His backside counter attack and the misdirected Chi attacks come off as just slapstick level humor.

Dr. Master continues with a superb job on the Chinese Hero series. The printing is well done and has a high overall publication value. The story's not for everyone. Then again, if you stay up watching those old Kung Fu flicks, you should enjoy reading this one.


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