The Immortal Iron Fist: Orson Randall and the Death Queen of California 1 (November 2008)

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So Swierczynski’s take on Orson Randall is basically to take a big steamy crap all over the work Brubaker and Fraction did on the character. Either Swierczynski didn’t read their comics or he just didn’t understand them. I’m sort of leaning toward the latter, just because it’s a meaner sentiment and this comic put me in a foul mood.

Swierczynski is a crime writer, so I guess the lame, anachronism-filled “hard boiled” narration of Orson in late twenties Los Angeles (in a James Ellroy thriller, actually) is intentional. Again, Swierczynski doesn’t get the character or how to narrate his adventures but maybe there’s decent art, right?

No, it’s Camuncoli. I thought Camuncoli was only at DC since it was Jim Lee who “discovered” him and decided to subject the world to his “skills.”

Death Queen isn’t a terrible idea, but it needed a good editor and a better artist.

CREDITS

Writer, Duane Swierczynski; artist, Giuseppe Camuncoli; colorist, Paul Mounts; letterer, Artmonkeys Studios; editors, Alejandro Arbona and Warren Simons; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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