Infinite Kung Fu by Kagan McLeod
If you are a fan of martial arts or kung fu movies, then you should read Infinite Kung Fu by Kagan McLeod. Infinite Kung Fu is a collection of McLeod’s self published comics. What McLeod has put together is a story that centers on main character, Lei Kung, who is the chosen one to defeat the evil emperor. Lei Kung’s journey to attaining the skills to defeat the emperor is set against the backdrop of a world where technology is gone, people have returned back to the old ways, and zombies ravage the land. Along the way he finds help and guidance from many, but the one who helps him the most is the Moog Joogular. He is a smooth talking, butt kicking, super cool dude, and a great throw back character that is reminiscent of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and other African American martial artists that became popular in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The Moog Joogular character is one of the biggest reasons you should read this book. He is awesome!
In addition to some great characters, McLeod also really hit on some good points of martial arts and what practicing should mean to someone, through the character of Lei Kung. My favorite scene is when he is talking with Li Zhao over a meal. Lei Kung says, “With a basic knowledge and respect for all styles, one can always hope to counter any technique!” and “A kung fu instructor’s greatest accomplishment is to have his student surpass him. It’s a pity for some students their teachers keep their best techniques to themselves.” Check out what that scene looks like (obviously Li Zhao does not like what Lei Kung has to say):
I think this is a great message to send to those who love martial arts: patience and dedication pay off and martial art forms should be shared and not hidden away as some unattainable knowledge. Infinite Kung Fu is an excellent read for any age. Click here to find it in the Library!