The Immortal Iron Fist 16 (August 2008)

So as Fraction departs–he leaves the next team with a lovely pickle. All the work he and Brubaker did leading up to this issue, the establishing of the Iron Fist history and all… it equals all Iron Fists dying at thirty-three? Did I mention this issue is a birthday issue? Aja’s back and he does a lovely job as we catch up with Danny in the weeks following the last issue. He’s rearranging his business, getting even more Jedi with his Iron Fist readings, giving Misty romantic ultimatums, setting up community outreach with Luke…. It’s a great epilogue issue (one … Continue reading The Immortal Iron Fist 16 (August 2008)

The Immortal Iron Fist 13 (May 2008)

It’s not the deepest issue, it’s probably not the best written, but it’s completely awesome. Everything comes together here (with the promise of a big fight next issue). Unfortunately, Aja’s not along for the ride. Instead, it’s Zonjic doing most of the art. He’s a lot like Javier Pulido. He’s fine, but I was used to Aja on the title. Brubaker and Fraction get in a lot more about K’un-L’un here, stuff they probably should have made clear a lot earlier. The book moves real fast–this issue’s fight sequence is between Davos and the Thunderer, but otherwise it’s mostly talking … Continue reading The Immortal Iron Fist 13 (May 2008)

The Immortal Iron Fist 12 (February 2008)

Is there even a fight this issue? Wait, yes. Davos gets beat up for being a tool last issue. The art chores are apparently getting to be too much for Aja, as Javier Pulido fills in on some of the pages. Pulido covers the stuff with Luke, Misty and Colleen, but also some of the K’un-L’un stuff… so it’s not like there’s any rhyme or reason to it. In fact, at the beginning I just thought it was Aja trying a new style. Pulido’s great… so great one might wish he was doing the whole book. Kano does the flashbacks, … Continue reading The Immortal Iron Fist 12 (February 2008)

The Immortal Iron Fist 11 (January 2008)

I feel like I’m missing something. It seems like Yu-Ti (the “mayor” of K’un-L’un) is secretly bad, but I’m not sure if it’s in the comic or if I’m just remembering it. I mean, he seems really bad. But he could just be a sexist jerk too. Some more great Kano art for the flashback, this time concentrating on Davos. The flashbacks work differently here, with them being intercut a lot less organically. It’s jarring–it comes in the middle of a tournament fight–but effective. Danny briefly teams up with Luke, Misty and Colleen to fight some Hydra agents. It’s barely … Continue reading The Immortal Iron Fist 11 (January 2008)

The Immortal Iron Fist 10 (December 2007)

It’s nice Danny gets the cover, because he’s not in the issue at all. The intrigue really starts coming together here, with the Thunderer revealed to be in some secret society with Orson’s daughter, terror priests (guessing priest has a different connotation in K’un-L’un) sent out into the world to hunt for Danny, the Hydra bad guy getting busy with his attack, the Thunderer and Davos’s unspoken family problems… the list goes on and on. Not to mention Misty’s GPS doesn’t work! Plus there’s a tournament match, which shows off the nastiness of one of Danny’s (presumed) future opponents. The … Continue reading The Immortal Iron Fist 10 (December 2007)

The Immortal Iron Fist 9 (November 2007)

Koblish’s flashback pages start all right, but in the second set, he draws Wendall Rand rapidly punching and it looks like he’s got eight arms. It really drags one out of the narrative. The principal story, with Danny losing his match in the competition so he can go out and save the world, moves a little fast. We find out the blue-eyed K’un-L’un girl is really Orson’s daughter (or she says she is… Danny sort of just accepts it). There’s almost nothing with anyone else in K’un-L’un, though there are some hints of personality coming through. It’s hard to tell … Continue reading The Immortal Iron Fist 9 (November 2007)

The Immortal Iron Fist 8 (October 2007)

The big Enter the Dragon fight competition starts off here… only there’s not a matched fight. Instead, we get to see Danny in K’un-L’un. It’s interesting, sort of, to see Danny trying to acclimate. But he’s mostly trying to figure out what’s happened to Jeryn (his mix of Alfred and Lucius Fox). Turns out Jeryn’s building a thing for Steel Serpent–I kind of remember this arc and they’re definitely up to no good, like bringing a capital city of heaven down to earth. The flashback art (to Danny’s father) is from Martinez and he does a good job. He does … Continue reading The Immortal Iron Fist 8 (October 2007)

The Immortal Iron Fist 6 (July 2007)

What Brubaker brings to his Marvel work is a retro vibe. His good comics feel like familiar seventies comics modernized. What Fraction brings is a smart blockbuster. His comics feel like big Hollywood movies written by John Sayles. Lots of set pieces, sure, but lots of humanity. I’m not sure this issue is the perfect combination–I haven’t read seventies Iron Fist–but it sure seems like it. When the Heroes for Hire show up to save the day, when Danny and Misty reconcile in a sentence… it all feels like perfect Marvel Brubaker. And the ending, when Orson sacrifices himself to … Continue reading The Immortal Iron Fist 6 (July 2007)

The Immortal Iron Fist 5 (June 2007)

The Travel Foreman back up art really does not work here. Well, some of it does, but when he flashes back to Orson’s origin… it’s awful. Ed McGuinness proportions. Yucky. It’s such an awkward flashback, it tears the reader out of the book. The book needs the flashback to work not just for Orson’s emotional state or expository purposes, but also to keep up the action pace. Brubaker and Fraction open on a big action scene, then slow down to a talking heads book. The flashback needs to bridge. Instead it jars. But the weak art isn’t just Foreman. Aja … Continue reading The Immortal Iron Fist 5 (June 2007)

The Immortal Iron Fist 4 (May 2007)

I expected more from the Buscema and Palmer pages. The art feels like they were supposed to be going retro instead of bringing a specific style. It’s sort of strange how much Brubaker and Fraction skip here. The issue starts with Orson and Danny being big buddies. Orson’s been showing him tricks, which we also don’t get to see. In some ways it works–it suggests time passing between the issues, so even if they read fast, it’s not like there isn’t more going on. A downside is missing important scenes. Not Orson showing off the Jedi mind tricks, but just … Continue reading The Immortal Iron Fist 4 (May 2007)

The Immortal Iron Fist 3 (March 2007)

I’m a little unclear on what actually happens this issue. Things do happen, it’s a good issue, but not many things happen. But Fraction–not Brubaker, because Brubaker’s Marvel work never makes an issue feel fuller than it is–manages to make it feel like a real experience, even though the only really important thing is when Danny meets Orson Randall at the end. The rest of the issue is filled mostly with villain stuff. It’s not clear (to me anyway) whether Hydra is run by this bad guy who’s after the Iron Fist or if he’s just running some of Hydra. … Continue reading The Immortal Iron Fist 3 (March 2007)

The Immortal Iron Fist 2 (February 2007)

Lots this issue. Well, kind of lots. It seems like lots. But as it turns out, the titular Iron Fist isn’t Danny Rand this issue, it’s Orson Randall. Danny spends some of the issue being funny, then having a really great scene with Luke Cage–the way Brubaker and Fraction characterize the two of them, it feels perfect. Even if the reader only vaguely knows about the Power Man and Iron Fist days, it’s enough. The issue is really all Randall, though. It’s like if Obi-Wan Kenobi were a badass in Star Wars, the way Randall Jedi mind tricks his way … Continue reading The Immortal Iron Fist 2 (February 2007)

The Immortal Iron Fist 1 (January 2007)

Fraction and Brubaker do a nice double cliffhanger here. The first one isn’t really a cliffhanger because it’s just Danny Rand falling off a roof. We know he’s not going to die. Well, presumably, he’s not going to (he doesn’t). But it provides a nice close to his part of the issue, while being able to tie it in to the opening of the issue. Brubaker and Fraction do this origin in motion of Danny–and the Iron Fist in general (which is important for the second cliffhanger)–to catch the reader up. The present action of the issue is pretty small; … Continue reading The Immortal Iron Fist 1 (January 2007)