Friday, June 20, 2008

The Immortal Iron Fist

As a follow up to finishing the Essential Power Man & Iron Fist I read through Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction & David Aja's newest take on Iron Fist. What this team has produced is a nearly perfect comic. The writing is strong and the art is gorgeous, but what really sets this book apart is the scale of it.

Iron Fist is a billionaire martial arts expert who was raised in the otherworldly city of K'un-Lun. This basic premise was always a bit ridiculous, essentially merging Batman and Kung-Fu. But what Brubaker and Fraction have done to make the idea brilliant is to give the whole thing some history. Iron Fist is now merely the most recent person to hold the title, and the presence of all the previous ones are strongly felt in the series. Most especially Orson Randall, the immediate predecessor to the current Iron Fist, who led a group of pulp adventurers in the wake of WWI.

The resulting story from all this spans 8 worlds and a millenium of history. There's also tons of action and the introduction of Fat Cobra to seal the deal. This is essential reading for all comics fans.

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