What a cheat.
Swierczynski can write the fill in issues–with the past Iron Fist adventures–just fine. So how does he follow up one of his lamer issues?
With a charming fill in issue with Kano art. Genocide aside, it’s delightful.
This Iron Fist is a pacifist–whose pacifism eventually costs the lives of millions, so I guess we know where Swierczynski stands on that issue–and it provides a different kind of Iron Fist story.
The majority of the issue is spent preparing the Iron Fist. He only gets the job, basically, because everyone else is sick. Swierczynski also does a little bit of retcon as to why an Iron Fist is chosen. Here, K’un-L’un needs a champion whenever the gates open… not because someone’s good enough to challenge the dragon or because the dragon’s grown. It’s all conveniently scheduled.
Convenient or not, it’s a fine issue.
Li Park, The Reluctant Weapon vs. Unstoppable Forces of Evil; writer, Duane Swierczynski; artist and colorist, Kano; letterer, Nate Piekos; editors, Alejandro Arbona and Warren Simons; publisher, Marvel Comics.