When you are the greatest martial artist, with such control of your chi that Danny Rand puts his golden slippers up for auction on eBay in shame, you need a great enemy and a great threat to get you out of bed in the morning. Fu-Jitsu has such an enemy in Robert Wadlow.
In a short time, since his return from the future jail where he was held, Wadlow was put in charge of the United States, then the rest of the world quick bent knee to the mad necromancer-scientist who wields the atomic katana. Wadlow then sets all of Fu-Jitsu’s greatest enemies after him at once.
Fu-Jutsu is hiding out with only ally, his ex-girlfriend, Rachel an assassin, ninja robot, Fu built. Soon they find themselves taking on Fu’s foes like: Alt-Right-Hook and Baron Von Punchausen. (These are the jokes, folks. They come fast, They come high. They come low.)
Jai Nitz and Wesley St. Claire have put together a fun book that mixes genres all over the place. There’s martial arts, science fiction, comedy and action. This book reminds me, in many ways, of Jackie Chan’s Drunken Master movies. At their core, they are about men who have mastered many esoteric styles of kung fu, but don’t realize that they still have much to learn. There is a lot of comedy going on, but they never sacrifice the story for the sake of a joke.
I could fill a whole page of all the sources that Nitz and St. Claire reference, but the amazing this is they are not cribbing off of these earlier works. They acknowledge them and go on telling their own story. They aren’t pretending this didn’t exist, but they aren’t letting those stories bind where they came go.
St. Claire’s art keeps growing on me. I like the subtle match he doesas as they slip from the Fu-Jitsu and Rachel walking the docks of Tierra del Fuego with Fu and Albert Einstein walking in his memories. The art has plenty of these sly moments that can glide right by if you aren’t looking for them.
Aftershock keeps putting out interesting stories from different genres and from so many perspectives. It is good that they are not letting themselves be pigeon holed into one or two genres as many indie publishers are. They are quickly building a number of must follow series for comic book lovers willing to go beyond the DC – Marvel border. This book should be on your pull list.
Writer: Jai Nitz
Artist: Wesley St. Claire
Colorist: Maria Santaolalla
Letterer: Dave Sharpe