Love blossoms for Fire and Qin amid the Liu Xio Gate power struggle!
Writer/Artist: Ding Kin Lau & Wing Shing Ma
What They Say
Poison Master has opened the third order; it tells him to make a deadly poison to kill both Hero and Jian. While he was practicing poison in the forest, he encounters Jian. He uses his poison to capture Jian. What will happen to Jian?
The first three chapters of this volume are devoted to the Liu Xio Gate where tensions have exploded into open conflict. Qin and Jian, in their pursuit of White Snake's killer, get mixed up in the intra-gang battle raging in the forest and become separated. Jian falls into the clutches of Poison Master while Qin is rescued by Fire.
For those who wanting more romance, you'll get it in this volume. The pacing's a bit quick though. You get a love triangle, confession, first kiss, and proposal in quick succession. For those who get bored with love scenes, never fear. All this happens against the backdrop of Indiana Jones-esque ruins, complete with booby traps.
As for Jian, he's stuck in the hands of a complete nutcase. Poison Master seems to have forgotten his all-important mission to bring Jian back to Hell's Gate and tortures the boy instead. It's only through Jian's quick thinking that he escapes death at Poison Master's hands.
Meanwhile, back in Chinatown, the opening of the Chinatown Association incites the wrath of the Black Dragon Gang. Wu Yuan proves to be Chinatown's white knight, rallying his Chinese brothers to bravery and taking down his opponents without resorting to dishonorable tactics. As for Hero, he plays the part of Chinatown's dark knight, supporting Wu Yuan's efforts in his own way. However, when the gypsy woman makes a dire prediction about Hero's destiny, he finds himself at a critical crossroads. Will he abandon son and comrades to shield them from his curse, or will he dare to defy fate?
Chinese Hero continues to deliver the fantastic with elements such as the deadly God of Poison and an Inca-like structure in the forests of the United States. Yet this installment contains a fairly balanced blend of action, romance, and drama as tensions within the Liu Xio Gate reach an all time high and the inhabitants of Chinatown unite against the Black Dragon Gang's efforts to stamp them out.