The Immortal Iron Fist #4
Quick Rating: Fair
Title: The Last Iron Fist Story Part Four
Iron Fist fights side-by-side with… Iron Fist!
Writers: Ed Brubaker & Matt Fraction
Art: David Aja, Travel Foreman, Derek Fridolfs, Sal Buscema, Tom Palmer
Colors: Matt Hollingsworth
Letters: Dave Lanphear
Editor: Warren Simons
Cover Art: David Aja
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Danny Rand and Orson Randall, the two men bearing the power of Iron Fist, prepare for battle. As an evil counterpart amasses his strength and the forces of Hydra prepare to stand against them, Danny finds that he has a great deal to learn about the very source from which he draws his power.
This is really a difficult book to review, and not because it’s particularly good or particularly bad. In fact, the thing that makes it hard is simply that it’s not either. There’s nothing wrong with the story, strictly speaking, it’s just that Iron Fist has never been a character I find particularly engaging. Now a good writer can overcome that problem and make you get excited anyway (Matt Fraction has been able to inspire just that reaction from me in regards to Punisher War Journal), but this book doesn’t do it. It’s a little hard to accept that a character that’s been around as long as Danny Rand hasn’t ever considered the source of his power before, and while the idea of Iron Fist with guns makes for a good visual, it seems sort of contradictory to the basic premise of the character.
The artwork is good for the most part. Three different art teams handle different aspects of the comics, and while some of the transitions are jarring, the styles all fit the story fairly well. Getting Sal Buscema to handle some of the more 70s-esque sequences was a nice touch.
Ultimately, this is a book that hovers in the mid-level of quality. It’s good enough to satisfy a real fan of the character, but it’s really not good enough to make people who aren’t already invested start to care.