As you may have noticed, Marvel‘s latest Netflix series, Iron Fist has dropped. And whether you’re a fan or not, it was only natural for the House of Ideas to try and capitalise upon its release. Much like the TV series, this new comic is a bit slow at getting up and running, focusing more on bringing new readers up to speed with the recent events of Danny Rand. Nevertheless the creative team do a marvellous job of planting the seeds for this latest yarn, with the destruction of K’un Lun and the loss off Danny’s Iron Fist powers leaving plenty of avenues open for this story moving forward.
Ed Brisson has proven himself as a must watch writer through his independent series, with his work at Marvel mirroring this so far. In Iron Fist #1 the writer takes recent events in Danny’s life and fashions it into a script that works as a soft rebirth, whilst building on his existing character. Not only does this allow for a easily accessible entry point for new readers, but it also highlights the importance of the character’s history, as well as his future. The thing that stands out for me the most in Brisson‘s writing, however, is the way he handles the fight sequences (especially the last one). Not only does it allow artist, Mike Perkins, to do his thing, but the subtle narrative and highlight of the fighting moves and techniques result in a product that feels very methodical.
Speaking of Mike Perkins‘ amazing artwork, it too proves to be one of the standout features of this book. Delivering a gritty set of pencils that compliments both the dark and emotional tones of Brisson‘s script, Perkins easily gives us some of his best work to date. Not only does he capture the depressive state that Danny finds himself in without the Iron Fist, but he also give us some powerful action sequences, befitting the kung fu hero. Inject into this the surreal tone of Andy Troy‘s colours and you’re left with a product that is visually stunning.
Iron Fist #1 does a fantastic job of reintroducing us to the world of Danny Rand, as despite getting off to a bit of a slow start, the comic quickly shows the consequences of K’un Lun’s destruction. The creative team also give us a product that is both new reader friendly, whilst also having enough to excite existing fans of the character.
(7.5 / 10)