Monday, March 27, 2017

Iron Fist #1 Review - Marvel Monday

Written by: Ed Brisson
Art by: Mike Perkins, Andy Troy and Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 22, 2017
Review by: Aaron Anderson

Iron Fist has definitely been making some click bait headlines, as of late. With Pitchfork Nation wanting to skewer anything and anyone that comes to the defense of this cool, calm, and collected chi culture claim jumper. Well, let us see if the comic community should welcome back Danny Rand in his first solo title in a decade. I know one thing going into to this though, Danny Rand is a fighter and Brisson and  Perkins better be too in order to keep people interested in this day and age.

The title page tells me it is going to be even more of an uphill battle for our chi fueled fist fighter finding the facts to be K'un-Lun is destroyed and Danny is powerless and as we will see, as the story unfolds, rudderless.

 The story opens in a Bulgarian underground fight ring in a rundown warehouse district. The art is moody, dark, muddy and gloomy. There are no perfect faces in the throngs of people. Dirty Danny drops a duffle of money. A million dollar entrance fee and he wants to fight everyone there. I hope the fight promoter charged a cover at the door cause it's going to be an early night.

We next hop a flight to Cambodia and have a dark masochistic fight montage letting the reader know more about Danny's inability to center his chi and connect to the Iron Fist with in. Rather then meditate on top of all his money angrily tossed around his room, Dan 'The Man' does what any made in America malcontent would do...Whiskey! And keep these damn whores away from me...wait what? That would help too! Am I right? Right?...anybody?

That is fine until Choshin from Liu-Shi offers Danny a sunset cruise to parts unknown where he will participate in a Kung-Fu tournament against people equal in skill.

Bits and Pieces:
This was a good start to this new series in my opinion. The art and the story move along effortlessly. And with the promise from the creative team at the end of the book of a 'gauntlet' of characters old and new up coming I definitely feel glad to be buying and reviewing Iron Fist.


1 comment:

  1. I'm also glad Danny gets a chance to shine in his own series. Only I find the coloring too dark for my taste, so much so that I couldn't tell if Danny is blonde for the most part. Nevertheless, a good solid start that I hope gets better in time. I'm going to support this book not only because I'm an Iron Fist fan but also to oppose every person who hated the series and thinks Danny is a white kung-fu savior cliché. Hope it features his bestie Shang-Chi down the road to close some mouths forever.