Monday, May 8, 2017

Iron Fist #3 Review - Marvel Monday

Written by: Ed Brisson
Art by: Mike Perkins, Andy Troy and Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 3, 2017
Review by: Aaron Anderson

Danny Rand was taken down last issue by the Rat of 12 plagues. When he was attacked from behind, scratched, and infected. Now Danny has to fight off the affects of a fast acting Bubonic Plague, while he fights off the man that infected him or else lose the chi of Shou-Lao the undying. Let the battle begin.

We open to Danny writhing in agony. His whole body is seizing trying to fight off the plague. All his color has left him. Death does not look far off for Danny. Lucky for Danny he has had some of the best training on the planet, so he can focus his mind and body in controlling the panic and bring forth his chi to help him. Much to the chagrin of Rat and with a flurry of destructive blows Rat is taken down.

Leaving the council  of Liu-Shi disgruntled but not without hope. They have been planning this for a hundred years and a little while longer of a wait will not ruin the taste of victory. It will just make it that much more glorious.

Choshin the guy that brought Danny to this place is not one to gamble with victory though. Choshin has gone behind the council's back to try to ensure victory. By getting a group of thugs to beat up on Danny in between fights, because that always turns out well.

Danny's next fight is with the Resourceful Snake, an ex-Iron First with no arms. Snake attempts to take down Danny in an epic battle conveyed in three truly glorious pages. One of which is a 27 paneled page that is just awesome. It is a truly brutal fight. That Snake is also able to convey his back story in. Explaining it was his cockiness that led to his disarmament and the loss of his standing as the Iron Fist. Snake gives Danny his Chi since he lost the battle and Danny gives Snake his respect.

Hark, Danny's guide on this gauntlet of garish guardians trying to take the Iron Fist power, is the only person Danny has related to since arriving to the island. He is then slaughtered in order to dishonor Danny having the blamed pushed on him. But some not so sinister shadow has shown up just in time to pull Danny out of the situation he is currently in.

Bits and Pieces:

This issue is everything I was hoping for when the creators mentioned a Kumite style battle happening on an island far away. The art is outstanding again. The pacing is excellent. If you haven't been reading Iron Fist do yourself a favor and go out and buy this issue. You will not be disappointed.


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