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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  861 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Infinite Kung Fu walks you through familiar corridors in the house of martial mayhem, but still smashes your face through walls of wonder and into rooms where kung fu is afraid to go! The Martial World is ruled by a mysterious emperor whose five armies are each headed by a cruel and highly skilled kung fu master. Lei Kung, a soldier in one of these armies, grows tired of h ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published October 7th 2006 by Top Shelf Productions
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Jan Philipzig
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Another Tarantino-inspired, over-the-top homage to 1970s pop culture, in this case primarily to the decade's kung fu movies, with a few blaxploitation characters and lots of zombies thrown in for good measure. I initially enjoyed the book's often bizarre concepts and competently choreographed fight scenes, but eventually grew more than a little tired of its tongue-in-cheek tone designed to impress the kung fu fanboys.
Seth T.
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Infinite Kung Fu by Kagan McLeod

Being almost entirely driven by my tastes, I find myself in the unenviable position of being unable to appreciate any number of things I might otherwise find to be fantastic—things of merit and quality! So while I can appreciate talent and imagination in all kinds of cultural produce, I cannot enjoy a fair number of those books, movies, and records. It's not easy on me—in a spiritual sense. I would love to take as great a pleasure in these superior incarnations of the creative spirit as I would
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May
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
So here's the deal, if one or all of the following statements apply to you, you should NOT read this graphic novel:

* you hate martial arts/kung fu movies, especially from the 1970s

* you have no idea what the terms "Shaolin", "Wuxia" and "Wushu" are and quite frankly, you don't care

* you are confused about the connection between "blaxploitation" and martial arts films (trust me, if you don't understand the connection, you will be even more confused by the character of Moog Joogular!)

* you loved S
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Jedi JC Daquis
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'd be definitely lying if I say I didn't enjoy Infinite Kung Fu, because man, Infinite Kung Fu is tons and tons of fun! It is so incredible that Kagan McLeod packed so much fun in a tome so thick, densely drawn with the best movement and action illustration I have seen. Infinite Kung Fu is certainly on top in the fun department.

McLeod doesn't also shy away from mashing-up different genres. Although Infinite Kung Fu is a straight-up martial arts comics that we have countlessly seen in 70s martia
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Vim
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Received from: Top Shelf Productions
Received Via: NetGalley.com

I grew up watching "Once Upon A Time in China" starring Jet Li. I was so addicted to the movie that I even enrolled in Tae Kwon Do lessons (couldn't find Kung Fu lessons in the Philippines). I love Kung Fu movies but I love Kung Fu novels more. After being introduced to "Return of the Condor Heroes" by Jin Yong, I tried to read whatever Kung Fu novel I get my hands on that is in English. I was such a Wuxia fan back then but it stopp
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Matt Brady
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012, comics
This is the biggest, craziest, epic fantasy kung fu story you could imagine. Written, drawn, inked and lettered by Kagan McLeod, it's a book ten years in the making, and the commitment really shows. The artwork is gorgeous and imaginative, with a slightly cartoony style that only helps to emphasise the crazy awesome fun places the story goes too. While it does have some flaws, I think they are flaws ingrained within the genre itself, and are perhaps even deliberately used (what would a kung fu s ...more
Patrick O'Duffy
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK IS 1000% GLORIOUS

IT PUNCHED MY BRAIN SO HARD I CAN ONLY SPEAK IN CAPSLOCK FROM NOW ON
Chris
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Infinite Kung-Fu is an amalgam of Kung-Fu, Zombie and Blaxploitation movies transformed via delightful brush work into one fat brick of a comic.

The story is at its strongest when solidly drawing on Eastern mysticism, and following a sort of parable structure. The stylish influences of blaxploitation give it a "mod" feel that's enjoyable, and if you like shambling zombies you will not want for more.

The story structure sprawls a bit, and the plot is choppy at times, but I readily forgave these thi
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Randy
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Containing as much fantasy as Kung Fu history, this book takes the reader on a journey as Lei Kung travels a difficult pathway through the martial world. Serving an emperor who is a ghost, fighting the undead, battling poison kung fu and communing with the eight immortals, Lei Kung delivers not only action packed kung fu, but philosophical lessons as well. Reminiscent of the classic movies of Hong Kong, this book is an adventure for every kung fu film fan.

I picked this book up because every tim
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Jamie Felton
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
To start, the artwork is incredible. I think he used a Japanese ink brush is my impression, but the line work is absolutely breathtaking. If you look closely at each figure and how the lines come together to make, you'll see what I mean. The setting is intriguing, a post-apocalyptic Japan where the world is filled with zombies as a result of a lack of lives to reincarnate into. I wish I'd worded that better. So instead of reincarnating as a bird or fish or human, when people die, they are forced ...more
Michael O.
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It's a kung fu comic with zombies. I'm not sure I have to say more. But Kagan McLeod has created an incredibly fun and inventive book here, one in which the action never stops or - more importantly for anyone who's sat through a martial arts movie in which the same moves are recycled over and over againg - becomes tedious. It wears its wushu film foundations on its sleeve, but remains distinct; not only distilling the entire tradition (even down to the Chinese film genre's effect on blaxploitati ...more
Colleen
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this graphic novel! McLeod really delivers on creating a classic martial arts story, and one that any fan or student will appreciate. As a fan of martial arts and films, I really liked the plot in this graphic novel and the different stylized tropes that we have come to know well in each of the different characters. McLeod really hit on some good points of what martial arts and practicing should mean to someone through the character of Yang Lei Kung. My favorite scene is when he i ...more
Alain Burrese
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you like the old 70s Kung Fu movies, zombies, and graphic novels full of fighting and violence, you'll like Kagan McLeod's “Infinite Kung Fu.” This 464 page graphic novel is light and fun entertainment, just like the old Kung Fu movies. I read it for the same reason I watch those old movies once in a while. Fun escapism reading.

The art work is great. It is black and white and might be a bit too graphic with blood and such for the squeamish, but I doubt people that are squeamish are going to
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Rick
Sep 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, comics
McLeod's epic tale successfully apes the martial art films of the 70s while simultaneously delivering a wholly unique creation. Ruled by a mysterious evil emperor and his five kung fu armies, The Martial World needs a hero. Enter ex-soldier Yang Lei Kung, latest disciple of The Eight Immortals. Martial arts mayhem ensues with (literally) flying limbs, zombies, ghosts, traitors, death and an abundance of fun, chaotic action. Replete with fascinating characters (with the equally interesting names ...more
Matthew J.
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow! This was a ton of fun. If you're a fan of Kung Fu film, this is an absolute must read. Writer/illustrator Kagan McLeod pays homage to the classics, while crafting his own unique story. The art is really well done, the story moves with an excellent flow, and the whole thing puts a smile on this Kung Fu fanboy's face. It made me want to dive back into classic Shaw Bros., Golden Harvest, and Cathay films with abandon. Great stuff.
Mike
Nov 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic
By far the best kung-fu and zombie related comic book I've ever read.
James T
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fun...Fun...Fun...Fun...Fun...

Also good to support the Cdn artists.
Phillip
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
From the start, it’s all about fighting dead people coming back to life. It includes certain styles of kung fu, which is great for those who are into skill combos. Of course, the evil side and good side are clearly discernible. This book is noteworthy for avid fighter enthusiasts, because though having great action and battles, it is truly very gory.
“WAAAAAAAA” just looking at page 264 you can see a general slicing and dicing with a particular wind style kung fu. Mixed in with some gory parts,
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Dani Shuping
Aug 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
ARC by NetGalley

Do you like Kung Fu? Do you like zombies? If you don’t...why the heck not? And if you do this book is perfect read for you. Heck even if you aren’t a fan of Kung Fu you should still pick up this fun adventure and give it a read.

Set in a post apocalyptic world where a catastrophe has forced the world to revert to ancient traditions and superstitions, and evil emperor and his five armies control the land. Seven of the eight immortals took apprentices to try to help avert the disas
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Alaina
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I would say this is definitely a book for those who grew up with a strong love of Kung Fu films. There were plot elements that I found to be very cheesy, but I think that it's related to that genre of cinema, which I plan to drown myself in this year.

There was quite a plethora of characters and I enjoyed the window we got to look into and climb into in regards to learning about Chinese mythos. I pay a lot of attention to the representation of POCs and women in anything I read and the attempt to
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Angel
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kung fu fans, fans of martial arts movies
If you like Kung Fu, especially old Kung Fu films, you will probably enjoy this book. It is like reading through a kung fu movie, convoluted plot and all. C'mon, you know you really watch these films for the fight scenes, right? And this book has plenty of martial arts action as well. But the plot was actually pretty interesting in itself. Lei Kung deserts from the Ghost Emperor's army in a world that is ruled by martial arts. However, he is Chosen by the Immortals to fight the emperor in order ...more
Vulco1
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Kung fu, martial arts or Wuxia
X meets Y: This is every great Shaw Brothers movie meets the Walking Dead

Themes: It has themes focusing on duty, destiny, faith and the cycle of nature.

Who would love it? Readers of: Kenji, Veritas, History's Strongest Disciple, Fist of the North Star

Can't say enough about how great this book is. It is an homage to the great Wuxia/Martial Arts genre written in a way a true lover of the genre can appreciate and be thankful for. The fight scenes are kinetic, riveting and easy followed. The stakes
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Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you just want to escape into a world of fighting and zombies then suspend your disbelief and spend an afternoon here!
Scott Meister
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you love kung fu movies, then you will love this book. the artwork is just delightful and the storytelling is Devine.
Michael
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really excellent, fun, idiosyncratic art and storytelling.
Chris Carlisle
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best graphic novels/comics I've ever read! Kagan McLeod has created a visual masterpiece! He both wrote and illustrated this, and when I say the artwork is fantastic I definitely mean it. I don't know why it took me so long to review this book after reading it about a year ago. Is the type of book that you can pick up again and again and just look at the drawings. It is very action-packed and has so much diversity and it's story. The book is quite hefty, being over 500 pages of sheer ...more
Christine
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Art wasn't my favorite but it went well with the story and theme. Felt like a really awesome king fu movie.
Peter  Drummond
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
2.5/5 – A swing and a miss.

My two favorite shows when I was a little kid were subbed episodes of Ultraman and Kung Fu with David Carradine. As I got older that love expanded to movies like Enter the Dragon and Master of the Flying Guillotine. Even these days, I will drop whatever I’m doing if Kill Bill is on. To say I am into the martial world as a concept is a profound understatement. I tell you this to give you an idea of how excited I got when Kagan McCloud’s critically acclaimed Infinite Kun
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Sinai C.
May 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Sigh...I value my friend's recommendation abilities a little too much...Heh.
One Star for the drawings: It's not my style, there were a lot of zombies so it was gruesome for me personally, but there are a few panels that are simply beautiful with characters and their expressions. So by my standards, the drawings are nice enough to be appreciated, but not nice enough to receive full praise from moi.

Two Stars for Characters/Plot: I'm not going to lie--I was confused, confused, CONFUSED while I wa
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Bob
Nov 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Rating: 2.5/5 – A swing and a miss.

My two favorite shows when I was a little kid were subbed episodes of Ultraman and Kung Fu with David Carradine. As I got older that love expanded to movies like Enter the Dragon and Master of the Flying Guillotine. Even these days, I will drop whatever I’m doing if Kill Bill is on. To say I am into the martial world as a concept is a profound understatement. I tell you this to give you an idea of how excited I got when Kagan McCloud’s critically acclaimed Infi
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