The Immortal Iron Fist: Orson Randall and the Green Mist of Death 1 (April 2008)

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Fraction takes on the writing chores here solo but since it’s an Orson Randall story set in the thirties and forties, it’s kind of hard to tell what not having Brubaker around does to it.

The majority of the story feels like it takes place in Germany, when Orson shows up at Frankenstein’s castle. I haven’t seen Marvel use the Monster of Frankenstein in a while; Fraction does a great job with the cameo. The art on that section is from LaRosa and Gaudiano and is the best in the issue.

The art’s all pretty good, except Breitweiser. Even he gets a little bit better as his pages progress, but he’s nothing compared to the earlier artists.

The issue balances exploring Orson’s adventures while still offering new information for readers of the regular title. Turns out the Thunderer’s revolution had been long planned.

There are plot holes, but who cares.

CREDITS

The Golden Age Iron Fist!; writer, Matt Fraction; pencillers, Nick Dragotta, Russ Heath, Lewis LaRosa and Mitch Breitweiser; inkers, Mike Allred, Heath, Stefano Gaudiano and Breitweiser; colorists, Laura Allred, Heath and Matt Hollingsworth; letterer, Artmonkeys Studios; editors, Alejandro Arbona and Warren Simons; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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