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Immortal Iron Fist #2

December 26, 2006

Quick Rating: Good
Title: The Last Iron Fist Story Part 2
Rating: T+

When Danny goes down, he gets help from an old friend.

Writers: Ed Brubaker & Matt Fraction
Art: David Aja, Travel Foreman & Derek Fridolfs, John Severin
Colors: Matt Hollingsworth, Dean White
Letters: Dave Lanphear
Editor: Warren Simons
Cover Art: David Aja
Publisher: Marvel Comics

When Danny Rand takes a nasty fall, he summons help in the form of Night Nurse and his old partner, Luke Cage. Luke’s got bad news about other people using their old “Heroes For Hire” name, but Luke has bigger problems – someone else appears to be using the power of the Iron Fist. Perhaps more than one someone.

Iron Fist is one of those characters I’ve only had the briefest association with in the past. I don’t know too much about his past or the nature of his powers, other than the idea that he runs on his “Chi” somehow. This book doesn’t clue new readers in on too much about how his power works, but the implication is clear – the Iron Fist isn’t something that originated with Danny Rand, and apparently it’s only supposed to be wielded by one person at a time. New or not, this is an interesting angle. The book does feel like a Daredevil spin-off, though, using Danny’s recent spotlight as Matt Murdock’s replacement as a launching pad for this book. There’s plenty of Brubaker-esque introspective scenes while he warms up, and there are a few other great sequences showing other characters using the power.

David Aja handles the main artwork, and his style is similar enough to Alex Maleev and Michael Lark to continue casting this title as Torchwood to Daredevil’s Doctor Who. It’s good, don’t misunderstand, but it’s more of the same. Travel Foreman and Derek Fridolfs handle the opening scene with a more traditional style, and John Severin does a fantastic job on an unexpected World War II sequence. He’s one of my favorite classic artists, and it’s nice to see him being put to such good use.

This is kind of a weird little title, and it’s hard to know exactly what to make of it yet. But that may turn out to be a strength of the series, if Brubaker and Matt Fraction can handle it right.

Rating: 7/10

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