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During No Man's Land Batman notices that the neon lights are still on in Chinatown, and attracting people to their sex trade even with the rest of Gotham bereft of power. He finds Lynx the only surviving member of the Ghost Dragons gang wiped out by a coalition of gangs and shows her the reason why...

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So, what does a super-villain do while waiting for the brave hero to arrive at his secret lair?
Play video games, it seems. One where the ghosts chase you, then you chase the ghosts. Rather appropriate, in retrospect.
From Marvel's SHANG-CHI: MASTER OF KUNG-FU #5.

Triple Banana? )
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With the popularity of Marlon Brando in this thread, http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/3163793.html?#cutid1, I thought I would show a character from the MASTER OF KUNG-FU series.



James Larner, agent of MI-6, bears a striking resemblance to Marlon Brando.
After the cut, most of the pictures are from MASTER OF KUNG-FU #49, with story by Doug Moench and art by Paul Gulacy.

EDIT: Fixed, but not by me.

Make Fu Manchu an offer he can't refuse )
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This is it. The big one.

It arrives at a moment where's it's suddenly relevant and topical to fan interests.With the release of the awesome new Arkham City trailer, the internet is ablaze with the question, "Who the hell is Hugo Strange?"

Hopefully, some people looking for answers will stumble upon these posts. It seems I've coincidentally been ahead of the game with these posts, perhaps even more so if the (unlikely) rumors turn out to be true, and The Dark Knight Rises will be based upon Batman: Prey.

Which, in either case, is the story I bring you today. In some ways, my entire Hugo Strange project has been building up to this: one of his two stories which defined his character for their generations. But while it's a different interpretation for a rebooted continuity, the threads to the original Hugo can be seen throughout. This Hugo is more perverse, more deranged, but just as brilliant and dangerous.





But like the best Hugo stories, Prey is ultimately about the heart and soul of Batman himself. What makes Hugo so great is how he pushes Bruce to the limits of what he can overcome, and by the end, Batman's triumph is always more than a physical one. Maybe that's why Hugo's the villain of choice for a handful of discerning, hardcore, old-school Batman comic fans.

If you can, I urge you to track down Prey either as a trade paperback or in the original issues of Legends of the Dark Knight #11-15, which I've seen in dollar bins. While Prey is a beloved story and a hot rumor du jour, it's also out of print. Again, WTF, DC?


Until then, I present this inadequate edit of a great, rich Batman tale behind the cut... )

And with that last line, my thoughts once again turn to how perfectly this story would fit in the Nolanverse for The Dark Knight Rises. I still don't see it happening because most people just don't think of Hugo Strange as main villain material. Obviously, I disagree, but I don't represent your average film goer, nor even your average comic fan.

But either way, hey, maybe this'll finally encourage DC to put Prey back into print, along with Strange Apparitions. If I were an editor of collected editions at DC, I'd even throw in a bonus to the Prey TPB and include Moench's own Down to the Bone, because that one too deserves to be read and treasured.

This is Hugo's last appearance for about ten years, until Devin Grayson and Doug Monech decided to write their own sequels to Prey. Weirdly, I greatly prefer the former version to the latter, wherein Moench and Gulacy fail to recapture the lighting in a bottle. But we'll certainly be looking at both in the next couple posts.
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We can't have Martial Arts Week without a little Shang-Chi action. From Master of Kung-Fu #30, story by Doug Moench, art by Paul Gulacy & Dan Adkins:
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Eventually, we're going to run out of Bat/Cat stuff. Fortunately, that time has yet to arrive. Here's a look at Brubaker's take on the famous costumed couple from his Catwoman run.

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