The Immortal Iron Fist 2 (February 2007)

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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 through security, then has his big fight scene. It’s just fantastic–the John Severin illustrated flashback is a little jarring, but it works beautifully.

Aja has some beautiful panels–Randall’s fight scene shows a great mix of art and design.

Interesting how Fraction’s Star Wars influences appear here.

CREDITS

The Last Iron Fist Story, Part 2; writers, Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction; pencillers, David Aja, Travel Foreman and John Severin; inkers, Aja, Derek Fridolfs and Severin; colorists, Matt Hollingsworth and Dean White; letterer, Dave Lanphear; editors, Alejandro Arbona and Warren Simons; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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