ReviewTitle: “Empress of Evil”
Synopsis: When Yang’s cousin Sun returns to find drug dealers squatting at the family homestead, much kung-fu action ensues.
Writer: Joe Gill
Penciler: Sanho Kim
Writer Joe Gill was a workhorse for Charlton. But, sadly, many of his scripts just weren’t up to snuff. This debut issue of House of Yang is more fully considered than some of his work, but there’s only so much you can do with a spinoff of a television rip-off. The series gets some authentic art from South Korean artist Sanho Kim, who offered up a manga-influenced style years before it was popular here in the U.S. Kim’s work is an acquired taste: Flat and wooden, his art is unattractive yet strangely appealing at the same time.
Cool factor: Sanho Kim’s art – both the interiors and the painted cover – gives this book an odd, almost underground feel.
Not-so-cool factor: Sun Yang talking underwater.
Second opinion: “… this is an unusual and enjoyable, if undemanding, title …” – The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition).
Notable: There is a one-page, introductory text feature titled “Welcome to the House of Yang.”
“I have chosen yang … I oppose evil and shall always do so!”Chung Yuan, head of the House of Yang
HOUSE OF YANG #1
Published and © by Charlton, July 1975
Cover by Sanho Kim
Collected EditionsHouse of Yang #1 remains uncollected at the time of this review’s publication.
Editor’s note: This review first appeared on Comics Bronze Age, February 17, 2010.