Iron Fist #1 (Marvel Comics)
Since he’s now starring in his own Netflix show (read my review here), it’s only fitting that Iron Fist gets a brand new series to go along with it. From Ed Brisson and Mike Perkins, Iron Fist may look a little different from the show people have been binging, but it serves as a good gateway into Danny Rand’s comic book world for those who want to check it out.
K’un-Lun is in ruins, and Danny Rand is aimless. With no mystical city to protect and his power waning, Rand spends his free time drinking, traveling the globe, and entering fighting competitions that offer him little challenge. But when he’s given a chance to enter a new competition from a mysterious fighter, he can’t pass it up. Will this give him the purpose he’s been looking for?
That’s the plot of this issue in a nutshell, and while there isn’t a lot that happens plot wise, it’s still an interesting place to take the character. Ed Brisson does a great job of getting us into Rand’s mindset, and crafts a pretty believable arc for the character, which is pretty impressive when you consider the fact that we don’t know exactly what has happened to K’un-Lun. A little more background information would’ve been nice, but for an opening issue, Brisson’s hook is solid enough.
Mike Perkins’ darker art style suits Iron Fist really well, and his gritty pencils add to the brutal fight scenes that make up a majority of the book. Perkins’ excels at the fight scenes in this issue, but at points his faces start to look a little rushed. Sometimes Danny Rand looks like actor Finn Jones, and others he looks like the classic version of the character. Despite this, Perkins is a great fit for the book, and I’m psyched to see what else he does on the book.
Iron Fist serves as a great comic book entry point for people who have just finished the new Netflix show, and should also please long time fans of the character. While the plot is a little slow, the action scenes and premise are very strong, and the mystery of K’un-Lun’s destruction is cool enough to keep the book going. While it’s too early to tell if this run will reach the heights of the Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction Immortal Iron Fist, right now it’s a solid first issue for this era of the character.