In the bloody war known as the Boxer Rebellion, 100,000 fought and died over the colonization of 1900s China. Among the tales of the war are martial arts legends of “bulletproof” monks that still baffle people to this day.Anger and struggle after the Opium Wars
In the late 1890s, after the effects of the Opium Wars and China’s many losses, the Qing dynasty was forced to comply with the demands of Western colonizers and Japanese influences. Years of poverty and repeated colonization grew into a rising resentment. The Chinese people who wanted to drive away all foreigners from the country eventually formed a secret society of martial artists called the “Society of Righteous and Harmonious Fists.”
After a best-selling Kickstarter launch in 2020, Immortal, the world’s first studio dedicated to creating an epic interconnected Wuxia storyverse, is back to continue the wildly popular Wuxia series “The Adept” with its second issue.
“The Adept” is the brainchild of writers Tasha Huo (Netflix’s “Tomb Raider”) and Charlie Stickney (“White Ash” and “Glarien”) with illustrations by Yishan Li (Dark Horse’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”). The first issue’s Kickstarter became one of the platform’s best-selling first issues, crowdfunding $35,165 of a $10,000 goal with over 1,200 eager backers.
Immortal Studios, the world’s first studio creating an original and epic interconnected Wuxia storyverse, unveiled the first issue of their latest comic, Chronicles of the Immortal Swordsmen, a four-part series adaptation of legendary author Shiao Yi’s hit novel series.
Shiao Yi is one of the world’s most renowned authors of the modern wuxia genre, or martial arts fantasies centered on bringing justice to the oppressed. Wuxia stories have captivated Hollywood with films like “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Ip Man,” and inspired other blockbusters like “The Matrix” and Marvel’s more recent “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”
LOS ANGELES – October 16, 2020 – NextShark and Immortal Studios are proud to announce a newly established partnership to unveil a rich wuxia, or martial arts fantasy, universe of stories that have long been iconic to Asian and Asian American cultures.
NextShark connected with Immortal in the summer of 2020 as they launched their first title, “The Adept”, to kick off the interconnected wuxia universe which was funded on Kickstarter in under three hours.