Marvel isn’t likely to waste a chance at cashing in on publicity. With the Netflix series recently starting, Marvel Comics gave Iron Fist his own title again. The Kung Fu hero has recently been appearing in the Power Man and Iron Fist book, but now he’s out on his own again. Neither this book nor the Jessica Jones title seems to fit with the Power Man and Iron Fist continuity.
This also doesn’t feel a lot like Danny Rand, I hate to say. In this book, Danny is having problems connecting to his power. Looking for a cure, he wanders seedy back alleys and underground clubs, fighting any challenger he can. He beats everyone easily, with no real effort, and whatever he’s searching for isn’t turning up. Finally, near the end of the issue, he comes across a stranger who gives him a good challenge and offers him a chance to go someplace new and reconnect with his power. Danny jumps at the offer, and the last page or so is Danny and his new friend Cho Shin sailing off to an enigmatic island.
Plot: The dissatisfied warrior seeking a new test is a staple of martial arts movies. But that means we’ve seen it before. I’ll give this a low 3 out of 5, which I hate to say as Iron Fist is a personal favorite.
Art: The art is good. The artist captures the fight scenes well, and that’s most of what this book is. I’ll give the art a 3.5 out of 5. Some of the shadows when Danny is running around in a hoodie were nicely done.
Positives: There’s lots of action. What Iron Fist is possibly best known for is being a skilled fighter, and that’s what we see here.
Negatives: Danny is usually a more light hearted adventurer. This is a lot darker. His power failing and his roaming around in search of a solution or a good fight just felt like it had been done before to me.
I really like the character, and I’m hoping this book picks up from here. If not, much as I hate to say it, I’ll likely be dropping a title that features a favorite character, which I hate to do. I’m not done with his Netflix series, but so far I liked that a lot better than this.
Iron Fist #1 by
Writer: Ed Brisson
Artist: Mike Perkins
Colorist: Andy Troy
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
Cover: Jeff Dekal