W - Doug Moench
A - Gene Day
C - Gene Day
Story #10 in Essential #5.
Reason for Placement - We get some character development in this done-in-one tale.
The story this time (and it’s another keeper) starts off with us experiencing Shangs rich inner life as he stares at an iguana in a tank and imagines it, Godzilla sized, attacking him. His ruminations are broken up by Dark Angel as she enters the room.
It’s a particular way to start off a comic.
Shang Chis in her room as her bodyguard and Leiko Wu stops by to take them to a meeting with Sir Denis, and Leiko seems to have an uncharacteristically catty attitude towards Dark Angel.
At the meeting Dark Angel’s real name is never given, but she is given the name Mia Lessing as her new identity. Clive (who is currently dating Melissa Greville) really starts macking on Dark Angel and cock blocks Blackjack Tarr onto the mission to get closer to her.
These little bits really make this story come alive.
The main guts of the story concerns Dark Angle being a soviet defector who is willing to give MI-6 (and Sir Denis’s ‘Freelance Restorations’) intel on double agents, including a mole who is passing missile plans over to enemy agents. So our guys go undercover to bust up the spy ring at a cathedral but are found out. We get kidnapping, nuns with knives, a stained glass shoot out, and an attempted drowning in holy water. We also get a double decker bus hijacked, possible betrayal, a gun fight in a pet store (which means Gene Day gets a chance to do his sweet ‘watch the action through a fish tank’ trick again) and by the end of the issue we wind up with a very satisfying read.
Yep, once again there’s a solid balance of supporting cast detail & story telling.
And it’s pretty to look at too.
Some Shang Chi fan fiction!