Webcomic / How I Killed Your Master

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"It is simple, Chan Sen. You can kill me and avenge your master, or you can listen to me and surpass him."
Liu Wong

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. You can find it here.

The comic went on hiatus in 2011, and was confirmed to be permanently discontinued in 2015.


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.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Fang Lin again. She's definitely a sturdy girl.
  • Animesque
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Definitely Master Fei and it looks like Sen is headed this way.
  • Art Evolution: The series starts out in monochrome, and shifts to color after the first chapter.
  • Avenging the Villain: Chan Sen, Xu Li's apprentice.
  • Badass Boast:
    Master Fei: "It's been ten years since anyone spoke of my fights because no one has walked away from them in that time."
    • Also Liu Feng is said to have described his kung-fu style as simply "I don't know what it's like to hit a man twice."
    • And then there is the Tiger Knuckle School...
  • Badass Grandpa: Present Wong is this. The first Story Arc is how he becomes this.
  • Bald of Awesome: Master Fei. Some would call it a Bald of Evil, but he's more of a Jerkass than outright evil.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Between Wong and Fang Lin when they meet in Xiao Chengzhen. A casual observer wouldn't pick it up, as their first reaction when recognizing each other is disgust, and Lin is constantly belittling Wong. But... they still join up and travel together even though they have no real reason to, and Wong goes out of his way to rescue Lin after she's captured.
  • The Big Guy: Zhang appears to be the muscle of his group.
  • Blood Knight: Zhang breaks out the Slasher Smile when Meng Qi tells him to show the guards their "papers".
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Zhang is huge, friendly, and loves a good fight.
  • Bold Inflation: Used liberally.
  • Bond One-Liner:
    Liu Wong: No, you should let me pass too.
    Bandit: Why would we do that?
    Four rapid KOs later...
    Liu Wong: It would have been the right thing to do.
  • Captain Obvious:
    Wong: You knew my father???
    Master Fei: Obviously I did! His dying wish would not have been to send you to live with a stranger! No more talking!
  • Cast of Snowflakes: Take a look.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Lampshaded by Lin:
    Fang Lin: Do let me know if this kung-fu fight interrupts your playtime.
  • Cherry Tapping: After Wong is curb-stomped by five Tiger Knuckle students, the sixth appears to beat him with a bitch slap.
  • 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: One after another. Wong and Lin are talking about Wen Yuan, Meng Qi and Xing Ba, the three men who want to get a hold of the governor's imperial seal so they can rule Xiao Chengzhen. 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 work for Xing Ba, and they notice the seal in his hand. After he escapes the fight, he just happens to run straight into Meng Qi himself.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Fei's fight against Ji Jiao and Ji Bao.
    • 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.
      • After the Time Skip Wong has one of these to prove he's taken a level in badass.
        • And then the bandits come back to gang up and kick Wong's ass, indicating he should have taken a few more.
    • Meet Zhang.
  • Cynical Mentor: Master Fei views Wong as more of an annoyance than anything else.
  • Dumb Muscle: Zhang doesn't quite grasp the concept of sarcasm.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The first chapter.
  • Dynamic Entry: Fang Lin does a nice one in her introduction.
  • Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting: It's Wuxia, what do you expect?
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The story is the tale of how Wong killed Chan Sen's master, told in flashback by Wong to Chan Sen.
  • 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?
  • Genre Savvy: Chan Sen. Mildly. When Wong asks him to sit and listen, Chan Sen does. Someone's been reading Discworld.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Master Fei, along with the rest of the Five Dragons, dedicated his life to protecting those who couldn't fight for themselves. He's also an utter badass and an arrogant dick with a Hair-Trigger Temper.
  • Grail in the Garbage: Liu Wong pulls the governor's seal - which will grant its bearer a claim to rule the region - out of a random well when he goes to get a drink.
  • How We Got Here: The premise of most of the strip so far.
  • Hard Work Montage: One strip covers 29 days of running to get in shape.
  • 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.
  • Jerkass: Master Fei. Whether he turns out to have a heart of gold or just a heart of soul-crunching punches is still to be decided.
  • 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.

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