The Immortal Iron Fist, Vol. 1: The Last Iron Fist Story by Ed Brubaker
Fun Fact: The first Iron Fist story I ever read was an issue of Marvel Team-Up pitting Spider-Man, Daredevil, Moon Knight, Power Man, and Iron Fist against the Purple Man.
1 - Danny Rand turns down a billion dollar deal with China and goes to investigate the Chinese investors as Iron Fist!
This was a solid way to kick off a new ongoing Iron Fist series, lots of Kung Fu, lots of intrigue, lots of HYDRA. I think the idea that there have been many Iron Fists throughout history gives the character something beyond his 1970s Kung Fu craze origins.
2 - Luke Cage saves Iron Fist's bacon. The Chinese corporation is trying to take over Danny Rand's billion dollar empire. And Orson Randall, the previous Iron Fist, is in town.
Again, the notion of past Iron Fists is cool, especially if there is some kind of time travel story where they unite to kick ass somewhere down the line. I like that Fraction and Brubaker explore Iron Fist's past with Luke Cage and the Daughters of the Dragon.
3 - Orson Randall is in America. Will the Iron Fists clash?
Of course they will. Like all super heroes, they'll battle and then become best buds. I'm curious to see how these two Iron Fists meeting shakes out.
4 - The Iron Fists are united and the Steel Serpent is on his way to destroy them!
More of the background of the Iron Fists is explored and the elder Iron Fist teaches Danny some new skills. The background of the Steel Serpent is also revealed, setting the stage for the next two issues.
5 - The Iron Fists battle hordes of HYDRA agents for a book containing the history of the Iron Fists.
This issue was mostly setup. It looks like next issue will be a colossal battle between the two Iron Fists, Luke Cage, and the Daughters of the Dragon against Steel Serpent, HYDRA, and the Daughters of the Crane.
6 - The first chapter of The Immortal Iron Fist comes to a close as Danny Rand and Orson Randall fight for their lives!
It was pretty bad ass to see the Heroes for Hire back together again and I love where the series is going, exploring the background of the 66 Iron Fists and the other Immortal Weapons.
Closing Thoughts: It's interesting that my best Marvel Unlimited experiences have been with heroes that have normally been considered B-listers. Hawkeye, Daredevil, and now Iron Fist. Funny how actually having creative freedom with a character yields good stories. While Iron Fist isn't in the league of the other two yet, I'm definitely on board for another book or two. 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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