"It is simple, Chan Sen. You can kill me and avenge your master, or you can listen to me and surpass him."
A Kung Fu Wuxia Webcomic, written by Brian Clevinger and John Wood, drawn by Matt Speroni and lettering done by Jeff Powell.A man seeks vengeance for the death of his master, Xu Li. The murderer, Liu Wong, offers him some tea and an explanation for his actions. This provides a Framing Device for the true story, of how Wong got to the level he's at today.Notable for a consistently strong art style and dead-serious writing on-par with the greatest Kung Fu epics. Currently on hiatus since February 2011, though both Clevinger and Speroni have said it will eventually continue. You can find it here.
This comic gives examples of:
Action Girl: Fang Lin establishes herself as one in the first two frames she appears in.
All Your Powers Combined: Wong's father's style is called the Divine Fist of the Unconquerable Sky, which is an amalgamation of all the styles he has fought against/witnessed.
Color-Coded Characters: The three factions vying for control over Xiao Chengzheng wear brown, yellow and blue, respectively. Also, Wong wears green and the Tiger Knuckle students wear red.
Contrived Coincidence: Wong and Lin are talking about the three factions that want to get a hold of the governor's imperial seal so they can rule the region. Then, in the middle of the conversation, Wong just happens to pull the seal out of a well when he goes to get a drink. Then, while he's examining it, who shows up? The bandits Wong had fought twice before, who just happen to belong to one of the factions.
And if Fei isn't exaggerating, then Liu Feng's entire career was nothing but this. When you can say "I don't know what it's like to hit a man twice" and have that taken seriously, you're a guy who has kicked a lot of asses with very little effort.
Genocide Backfire: Xu Li, fearing the fighting style of Wong's father, killed him and attempted to do the same to his son, even though the former took his secrets to his grave and the latter was completely ignorant of his legacy. Guess what drives Wong to learn Kung Fu now?
Humiliation Conga: Wong's welcome at the Tiger Knuckle School. He arrives boasting to the headmistress about how he's a master of the Five Mantis Fists, then contemptuously dismisses the school's most accomplished student because she's a girl. He proceeds to get his ass kicked by every single student, one by one. In descending order of their skill. In old-age retrospect, he decides it was a humiliation he sorely needed.
Invulnerable Knuckles: Averted. A bandit's knuckles are shown to be reddened when he punches Wong, though this may be a previous injury.
MacGuffin: The Imperial Seal, which all three faction leaders in the civil war need to be officially rule the province. Wong, having little to no knowledge of the surrounding situation, finds it accidentally.
Mighty Glacier: Zhang, of Meng Qi's merry little band. The man is huge. And apparently can't keep up with the gang when they're off running to rescue Fang Lin.
Mixed Martial Arts: The Divine Fist of the Unconquerable Sky, the style of Wong's deceased father, sounds like it's this. Wong's task in life is to recreate it since Dad took the secrets to his grave.
Mythology Gag: "I don't know what it's like to hit a man twice," is one possible translation of a famous quote by Li Shuwen.
Oh Crap: Master Fei guards his family Kung Fu secrets jealously. Wong begins practicing them in secret. When Master Fei later strikes at Wong for clumsiness, the latter reflexively uses a very recognizable block.
Old Master: Present Wong. The story is how he became one.
Reality Is Unrealistic: Wong fights the same group of five bandits three times, with radically different outcomes. The forumgoers complained that it was unrealistic when the same guy knocked five bandits out singlehandedly and was trounced in their next two fights. However, this is how it can happen in real life. The main variable was the element of surprise, which is very often decisive in any battle.
Schedule Slip / Series Hiatus: A few changes and interruptions have occurred within the schedule, partly due to other commitments and partly due to trying to find a schedule which worked for them. Currently on hold since February 2011, despite repeated assurances from the authors that it will be resumed. The Dreadful was actually created so the fans could read something else by Matt Speroni while waiting for HIKYM updates.