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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 741
EAN: 9780785124894
ISBN: 0785124896
Label: Marvel Comics
Manufacturer: Marvel Comics
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 160
Publication Date: 2007-11-01
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Studio: Marvel Comics

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Many years ago, in the mystical city of Kun' Lun, young Danny Rand stared at a suit behind glass - the garb of the "Immortal Iron Fist" - and knew that he was destined to wear it. But where did this costume come from? Why did it wait for Danny all those years like a shadow of his future? The answer to those questions will stun both him and his readers, as Danny Rand leaps from the pages of his breakout hit in Daredevil to his own history-spanning kung-fu epic that will shatter every perception of what it means to be the Immortal Iron Fist! Brought to you by top-ten writer Ed Brubaker and breakout talent Matt Fraction (Punisher War Journal), with action-packed art by David Aja (Daredevil, Giant-Size Wolverine). Collects Immortal Iron Fist #1-6.


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Summary: Iron Fist Goes From Lame to Damn Respectable
Comment: First off, we love Matt Fraction - which is why we interviewed him a while back. Now that we've come clean on that:

Iron Fist was always a lame superhero; created by Marvel in response to the Bruce Lee craze in the 1970s. He wore the green pajama bottoms and appeared along side the more complex and always more interesting Luke Cage. Then he'd make rather pathetic guest appearances on Marvel Team-Up. He even died at some point - and then came back to life. Never liked him (and he was even a candidate for our list of lamest superheroes).

Thank Thor, we didn't make that mistake, because the new series snap kicks major league butt. Iron Fist is finally given the back story that he deserves. In the new series, Iron Fist (Daniel Rand) is the latest of more than 66 Iron Fists than stretch back centuries - each generation getting their own version of the hero. The story introduces readers to Orson Randall, the previous Iron Fist, who broke his bond with the Iron Fist legacy and its leader K'un L'un and is living a life of drug addiction in Thailand.

A terrorist organization working for K'un L'un's greatest emney - the Crane Mother and her champion, the murderous Steel Serpent, target Randall for death. Randall seeks out Daniel Rand and together they battle the enemy (and to say more would be a crime). But Volume One sets up a show down between Rand and Steel Serpent that is sure to shake the Marvel world to its foundations.

The artwork by Spanish illustrator David Aja using lots of dark inks - using shadows and light to effectively reveal character and give the new series a dark feel (most of the action takes place at night). His action sequences seem to move off the page and readers will find themselves wanting to practice swing kicks between chapters.

Like your superheroes dark? Then head over to the Dark Party Review at http://darkpartyreview.blogspot.com/.


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Summary: The First Iron Fist Story
Comment: Writers Matt Fraction (CASANOVA) and Ed Brubaker (GOTHAM CENTRAL) team up to reinvent Danny Rand, known to Marvel Comics fans as the Immortal Iron Fist. Iron Fist has existed for a long time in the Marvel Universe, along with friends and allies Luke Cage, Colleen Wing, and Misty Knight, but Fraction and Brubaker have set out to create an entire mythos to fit into Danny's past, and they are met with stunning success.

In the book, we are introduced to the concept that Danny is not the first Iron Fist, nor will he be the last - Iron Fist is a title that is passed down, each generation, to the champion of one of the heavenly cities. And not only is Danny NOT the first Iron Fist - a previous Iron Fist, Orson Randall, is still alive! Danny and Orson must team-up to root out a conspiracy set on attacking Danny both in his costumed identity, and attempting to take over the company that keeps him rich.

Along the way, in a series of brief prologues, we are introduced to a number of past Iron Fists and the epic battles they undertook, and by the time this single slim volume ends, the Iron Fist mythos will feel expanded ten-fold, as you realize that, even in the brief space allotted to the prologues, you find a variety of styles and personalities for the past Iron Fists.

The book would be nothing, however, without David Aja on art. Drawing action is hard - the number of mediocre action comics out there is testament to that. Drawing martial arts action is harder, as it must look fluid and dynamic to the reader, despite being a set series of static images. David Aja does a magnificent job in this book, proving himself to be one of the foremost action artists in comics. But Aja also does a good job with facial expressions, body language, and other such subtleties. I eagerly await seeing more work from him.

While the story is, in parts, lacking, the fun, frantic pace rarely lets you stop long enough to realize it. Ultimately, Immortal Iron Fist: The Last Iron Fist Story is a great read for any comics fan, even if you've never heard of Danny Rand or his friends before in your life.

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Summary: Confusing, but has potential
Comment: The earlier parts of the novel are confusing, but definitely worth it if you're not bothered by having to reread a few pages. Very much looking forward to the next volume in the series.

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Summary: Makes ME wanna challenge Shou Lao the Undying!
Comment: My favorite obscure Marvel character Iron Fist makes his return to comics in this book. Filled with superhero mysticism and crazy kung fu action, the stories contained within hold up well and deliver plenty of plot and drama. Billionaire superhero Danny Rand learns that he was not the first Iron Fist, and that there is more to his power than just punching through steel walls. A rich history and an exciting new universe await readers opening "The Immortal Iron Fist" for the first time...it won't disappoint.

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Summary: Love It.
Comment: I love comic books. But even someone who didn't would probably love the Immortal Iron Fist. To be honest, I didn't know a thing about Iron Fist outside his silly costume and rather obvious powers before I read this. And now he's one of my favorite characters. The art is fantastic and the story is extremely well written.

If only they could take some of their other characters and give them new life the way they did with Iron Fist. I'll definitely be following up on this one.


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