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Chinese Literature Chinese Martial Arts Graphic Novels (Wuxia Comics)

Graphic novels could be thought of as glorified, book-length comics. They present a story in the style of comics book but are usually longer and bounded in hardcover or softcover. Graphic novels are enjoyed both for their storyline as well as for their usually superb drawings. Popular illustrators, such as Wing Shing Ma achieve a sort of cult hero status. A good graphic novel is the closest equivalent to a good martial arts or kung fu flick. Some of the best graphic novels become collector's items. One added bonus of the currently available graphic novels is that there are several that are based on storylines by famous martial arts authors Louis Cha (Jin Yong) and Wang Du Lu, most of whose work have not even been translated into English yet.

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Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre
Story by Louis Cha
Written by Wing Shing Ma
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"Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre is an epic adventure set against the backdrop of the Mongol invasion in ancient China. The story follows WuJi Chang's growth as a Kung Fu master amidst the frenzied pursuit of two ancient and powerful weapons: Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre. In order to unite his country and overthrow China's Mongol oppressors, WuJi must develop his own formidable powers while understanding both swords' relationship to his parents' legacy." Publisher's Synopsis
Storm Riders
Written by Wing Shing Ma
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"Storm Riders takes us on a journey through an amazing world in ancient China where, aside from the hegemony of the Royal Government, an individual and separate society exists: The World Fighting Association. Conquer, a powerful Kung Fu master, aspires to gain control of the Association and assembles the mightiest force of fighters known to humanity. Forgetting the evil deeds he's committed in his lifetime; he takes on Wind and Cloud, two very talented and young martial artists, as his disciples. His destiny to be the Ultimate Master draws nigh; however, destiny has a will of her own ..." Publisher's Synopsis
Black Leopard
Written by Wing Shing Ma
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"Black Leopard follows the adventures of an elite task force dealing in intense covert special ops missions. The group is led by battle-hardened assassin trained under the most torturous conditions. His will is unbreakable, yet he has just learned that he and his most deadly enemies share a past which cannot be denied." Publisher's Synopsis

Black Leopard has been referred to as the modern day Storm Riders.

The Legendary Couple
Story by Louis Cha
Written by Tony Wong
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"Set in the violent and turbulent world of ancient China, The Legendary Couple is the touching love story of an orphan, Kuo Yung, and his beautiful wife, Xiao Longnu. The story begions sixteen years after the fateful day the two were separated. Kuo Yung has overcome countless hardships to become an unparalelled martial artist but his accomplishments are not enough to satisfy him, because he has never stopped longing for Xiao Longnu. Now, as the two are reunited, both wonder if their love has stood the test of time." Publisher's Synopsis
The Four Constables
Written by Tony Wong
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"Four of China's supremely skilled assassin/detectives serve only their Master Zhuge Zhen-Wo - The Little Flower, who in turn is head bodyguard and advisor for China's all powerful Emperor. Yet the Constables' reputation strongly precedes them. Wu Chen - The Emotionless cripple is a master of weapons and devices. Tie Sho - The Iron Hand possesses incredible chi and can stop the sharpest blades bare-handed. Zhue-Min - The Life Snatcher is highly skilled in lightfoot granting him undaunted legwork. Lastly Len Hsueh - The Cold Blooded was raised by wolves and since learned to transfer his pain when fighting to strength enabling him to defeat opponents much stronger than himself." Publisher's Synopsis

This based is based on the "The Four Imperial Constables", a wuxia novel by Wen Rui An.

Weapons of the Gods
Written by Tony Wong
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"In Ancient China, Celestial Goddess was locked in battle with the Dark Spirit. She used five colored stones to create a magical weapon known as Heaven's Crystal. One hundred years later, Heaven's Crystal disappears. Now, evil forces are trying to use Tiger Soul to destroy the world. Our hero, Tian, must search for Heaven's Crystal; only its power can defeat the fearful might of Tiger Soul." Publisher's Synopsis

Mega Dragon and Tiger
Written by Tony Wong
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"In 1999, asteroids bombard the earth and the world is plunged into chaos. From the ashes, a new society arises where only the strong survive. In this society, scientists give the elite superpowers, while the weak are left at their mercy. These elites rule the world with an iron fist. In 2020, two heroes rise up to battle the injustice of the elite and restore peace. They are known as Mega Dragon and Tiger." Publisher's Synopsis
Shaolin Soccer
Written by Andy Seto
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"Young kung fu adept "Sing" is an honor-bound disciple of the legendary Shaolin Temple. His sole goal in life is to find a way to package the philosophy and physical teachings of his beloved Shaolin kung fu so that contemporary masses can learn, benefit, and apply these doctrines to their daily life. When he hooks up with a former soccer champion he quickly realizes that the world's most popular sport may just be the vehicle to spread Shaolin kung fu all over the globe. But first he must assemble a team worthy of the Shaolin name. Yet his secular, out of shape former kung fu brothers are far from impressed with his idea." Publisher's Synopsis

This series is based on the Stephen Chow hit comedy of the same name.

Hero
Written by Wing Shing Ma
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"Hero is the graphic novel adaptation of Zhang Yimou's breath-taking feature length martial arts movie of the same name but it has a new ending. At the height of China's Warring States period, the country was splintered into seven kingdoms: Qin, Zhao, Han, Wei, Yan, Chu and Qi. For years, the separate kingdoms fought ruthlessly for supremacy. This brought decades of death and suffering. The soon-to-be first Emperor of China is on the cusp of conqering the war-torn land, yet three martial arts masters are determined to assassinate him. However one loyal subject stands in their way, ironically in the name of peace for all the land" Publisher's Synopsis
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Story by Wang Du Lu
Written by Wing Shing Ma
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"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a beautiful story filled to the brim with fast paced action, well-developed characters, trials of loyalty, deception, ambition and intrigue. Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Ancient China, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon takes the reader on an exciting allegory of epic proportions. Rejoin warriors Shu Lien and the legendary Li Mu Bai as they fight the love they feel for each other as well as many highly skilled and elaborate kung fu masters." Publisher's Synopsis

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