The Weapon Loses its Edge
Ed Brisson (W), Mike Perkins (A), Andy Troy (CA)
Cover by Jeff Dekal
Publisher: Marvel Comics
So, just to get it out of the way, I actually really like the Iron Fist Netflix series. That being said, I haven’t quite finished the season yet. It’s definitely my least favorite of the four Marvel Netflix shows so far, but that does not make it by any means bad. That bar has been set extremely high by the previous three. Plus, It’s definitely better than any of the DC/Degrassi hybrids that CW peddles.
Anyway, so it’s finally happening. The greatest dynamic duo in comics, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, are being split apart once more. It’s a shame, I love reading about their bromance, but at least both are getting their own solo titles to compensate. David Walker has worked magic with the Power Man and Iron Fist title, so I look forward to seeing what he will do with just the lone Luke Cage.
Ed Brisson’s Iron Fist #1 opens up with a fight club in Bulgaria where a hooded figure approaches while two men beat each other mercilessly inside. The hooded figure drops a bunch of money to participate, and he is revealed to be none other than Danny Rand himself, the Iron Fist. He challenges the entire arena of fighters, and, naturally, takes them all down with ease.
The host of the arena is angry with Danny for taking down his cadre, and Danny says that he was looking for something that he didn’t find there.
The next scene takes us to a plane, and Danny is lamenting the fact that he can’t find a worthy opponent and that he is losing the power of the Iron Fist. We see him fighting in another arena with a massive fighter that he takes down with ease. He then struggles to summon the Iron Fist, and he fails.
He is next in Vietnam, and he goes to a bar. While downing a bottle of whiskey, he is approached by a man who knows who he is and his current struggle. The two enter a quick brawl, but the stranger concedes that Danny would win should the fight drag on. He extends an invitation to a fighting tournament with combatants that are worthy of Danny’s skill. He also implies that this could help Danny regain the power of the Iron Fist. The comic ends with the two on a ship arriving at an island called Liu-Shi.
This is a pretty solid start for the series. It poses a new threat for the protagonist that challenges his identity and his skill. The “losing the power” motif is not uncommon for a book when someone tries to tell their version of the character. However, I’ve not seen that been used with Danny Rand before, so I am curious where Brisson goes with it.
There is plenty of action in this comic to keep the eye drawn. Mike Perkins’ artwork is phenomenal—the best I’ve seen in a comic in a long time. I didn’t actually know until I researched that he did some of the artwork for Ed Brubaker’s Captain America alongside Steve Epting. It makes sense though, because that comic was beautiful too.
The pacing is pretty swift in this book. It is a quick read, but it sets up the story well. It puts you in Danny’s current headspace, so you can get a feel for what is going on for the character right now.
There’s not much more to say. This was a solid read. I enjoyed it, and I hope this series proves to be a great one for the Living Weapon. Give it a read.
Final Score: 8/10