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Marvel Returns to Roots for New 'Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu' Series

The mini-series will mix influences from Bruce Lee to Jason Bourne, according to writer Mike Benson.
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The mini-series will mix influences from Bruce Lee to Jason Bourne, according to writer Mike Benson.

The latest member of Marvel's Avengers to receive the spotlight is definitely an unexpected one, with the news that Shang-Chi, the martial artist who has only been with the team since the launch of the most recent volume, is to star in a new Deadly Hands of Kung Fu series that mixes martial arts with international intrigue.

Written by former Entourage writer Mike Benson with art by X-Men: Legacy's Tan Eng Huat, the series will follow the character as he sets out to investigate -- and ultimately, avenge -- the death of someone from his past.

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In an interview with Newsarama.com to announce the project, Benson called the new series "a combination of the [original 1970s incarnation of the series], which really was heavy on Bruce Lee, David Carradine and all those great Sunday afternoon Shaw Brothers films mixed with a heavy helping of the Bourne films."

He continued: "I always loved reading the mini stories about seemingly regular people who didn’t posses superpowers but just had an incredible skill set. That’s why I loved Bruce Lee films growing up so much. Aside from being the coolest guy to walk the planet, he was just a man who was a highly skilled martial artist but could be killed at any time. I would get the same type of rush from the Deadly Hands of Kung Fu magazine."

The four-issue series will launch this summer.

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