Appearing in "Midnight Brings Dark Death!"
Synopsis for "Midnight Brings Dark Death!"
Shang-Chi now makes his home in Central Park. A gang tries to mug him, with predictable results. "Skillfully executed, my brother!" says M'Nai, who watched the whole thing from the shadows. Before Shang-Chi can say anything, M'Nai vanishes.
Shang-Chi remembers his history: Fu Manchu found him in an African village that the British had just raided. They were trying to stamp out a biological weapon Fu had created. The village chief was ready to kill the scarred, screaming orphan when Fu stopped him. Fu pointed out that the child did not cry; his screaming came from hatred, not fear or sorrow, and Fu could use that kind of hatred. Fu Manchu put a black hood on M'Nai and raised him alongside Shang-Chi. One day Shang-Chi wanted to look under M'Nai's mask. M'Nai refused, and they fought. Their mutual respect made them friends. Back in the present, M'Nai meets with Fu Manchu, who orders him to kill Shang-Chi.
Shang-Chi encounters a policeman, who realizes that he's wanted for Petrie's murder (last issue). A bamboo tube drops from the roof onto the sidewalk. Shang-Chi knows that M'Nai wants to meet him because that was their means of passing notes in school. After knocking out the cop, Shang-Chi reads the message: a challenge to mortal combat. They meet at midnight at Broadway and Houston. M'Nai attacks with knife, nunchaku, fists, and words. The policeman appears with reinforcements, interrupting the fight, but only temporarily. M'Nai finds Shang-Chi first and attacks with bo and shuriken. They move to a construction site, where Shang-Chi finds a pipe to counter M'Nai's bo. Still outmatched, he climbs a crane to evade M'Nai and then realizes his problem: "I have never felt the death-power in my limbs tonight! ... I have never been more than the fly, however bravely I buzzed!" He can't bring himself to kill his only friend. M'Nai solves his problem for him, though. From atop the crane he kicks at Shang-Chi, misses, and falls. His cloak catches on the crane's hook. His neck snaps. Shang-Chi thinks for a moment about removing M'Nai's mask to see how he is scarred ... but he already knows.
Appearing in "Heart of the Dragon!"
- Yu-Ti (Only in flashback)
- Lei-Kung (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
- Shou-Lao (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
- Shu-Hu (Only in flashback)
- Dragon-Kings (Only in flashback)
- Rand-Meachum Inc. (Mentioned)
- United States of America
Synopsis for "Heart of the Dragon!"
Having traveled to New York, Iron Fist finds himself attacked by a bunch of street thugs. After fighting off the first round, he reflects back on his training in K'un-Lun where as a boy he thirsted for revenge on the man who killed his family and was allowed martial arts training under the tutelage of Lei-Kung. Finishing off the last of the thugs, Iron Fist then recalls the events that led to the gaining of his Iron-Fist powers, how he was allowed by Yu-Ti to battle Shou-Lao the Undying. He would defeat the dragon, and in the course of the battle have the dragon shaped tattoo burned on his chest. After defeating Shou-Lao he would plunge his hands into the brazier containing the dragons immortal heart and it would charge him with the power of the Iron Fist.
Iron Fist is snapped out of his recollection with the arrival of Scythe a mercenary who uses the weapon of his namesake, who informs Iron Fist that there is a 10 million dollar bounty on his head. As the two fight, Iron Fist recalls how he bested Shu-Hu and was allowed the choice of gaining immortality from the Tree of Immortality . However, Iron Fist declines this offer, opting instead to be allowed to leave K'un-Lun to get revenge on his parents killer, Harold Meachum.
Iron Fists finishes his recollection and easily defeats Scythe, using his iron-fist attack to destroy his weapon. With Scythe cowering and begging mercy, Iron Fist demands to know who put the bounty on his head, and Scythe informs him that it was sent out by the owner of the Meachum building.
Appearing in "Retreat"
- Shang-Chi (Main story and flashback)
Races and Species:
- Mimosa Drug (Mentioned)
Synopsis for "Retreat"
After foiling one of Fu Manchu's sinister plots in Florida, Shang-Chi has to swim for it. When he comes ashore, he finds two Si-Fan assassins, Jekin and Dahar, waiting. He manages to push them into a morass with a tree trunk and throw it in after them, then escape into the Everglades. He still has intermittent hallucinations from a heavy dose of mimosa, so when he runs into the Man-Thing, he doubts that it's real. It grabs him. He kicks it. It's real.
Shang-Chi winds up with both feet sticking out of the Man-Thing's back. A stranger pulls him through the sodden mass. He introduces himself as Lu Sun, no fixed address, and mentions seeing the two Si-Fan climb out of the swamp. Lu Sun wanders away. Shang-Chi follows him. The Man-Thing follows Shang-Chi.
Shang-Chi has a flashback. A schoolmate named K'uei Mêng told him that Fu Manchu was evil, that he wanted to control the world, not help it. Shang-Chi told his father what he had heard. Fu reassured him of his good intentions. Mêng never returned to the classes.
Elsewhere in the swamp, a fleet of empty trucks bounces along a dirt road. They should have barrels of mimosa-laced oil in them, but Shang-Chi blew them up (last issue). Fu Manchu sits in the lead van. Sir Denis Nayland Smith, Black Jack Tarr, and a group of federal agents ambush them. Tarr tears open the first truck's door, but Fu has disappeared!
After some rest in a clearing, Shang-Chi asks Lu Sun for advice about fighting against his own father. "One may may overcome another—one army may overcome another—but the world is not changed. Man will always contend." But surely evil must be destroyed wherever it is found? "Revenge is also a destroyer of men, my friend. It blinds them to the present as they dwell on past and future. Thus, it blinds them to life."
Without warning, two arrows puncture Lu Sun's leg. Jekin and Dahar have caught up to Shang-Chi, who has had a chance to recover from the mimosa. Shang-Chi battles them briskly but briefly— a flip lands him in quicksand. The assassins step back, then notice that the Man-Thing has shambled into the clearing. They go after the creature. They don't know that "whosoever knows fear burns at the Man-Thing's touch" ... which is exactly what happens. Lu Sun pulls Shang-Chi out of the quicksand and wanders away.
This issue is billed as a "Super Annual Issue".
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