Webcomic / How I Killed Your Master

"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:

  • 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.