Immortal Iron Fist Vol 1 TP Last IF Story 1st print Brubaker Fraction NM


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Immortal Iron Fist, Vol. 1: The Last Iron Fist Story Paperback
by Ed Brubaker (Author), Matt Fraction (Author), David Aja (Illustrator), Travel Foreman (Illustrator)

Many years ago, in the mystical city of Kun’ Lun, young Danny Rand stared at a suit behind glass – the garb of the “Immortal Iron Fist” – and knew that he was destined to wear it. But where did this costume come from? Why did it wait for Danny all those years like a shadow of his future? The answer to those questions will stun both him and his readers, as Danny Rand leaps from the pages of his breakout hit in Daredevil to his own history-spanning kung-fu epic that will shatter every perception of what it means to be the Immortal Iron Fist! Brought to you by top-ten writer Ed Brubaker and breakout talent Matt Fraction (Punisher War Journal), with action-packed art by David Aja (Daredevil, Giant-Size Wolverine).

Collects Immortal Iron Fist #1-6.

Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Marvel

Iron Fist is a product of the martial arts craze of the 70s and has been mostly a minor character in the Marvel Universe never able to hold up a book on his own for very long. His longest lasting series was the shared Power Man and Iron Fist that ended with Iron Fist’s undignified death. Later he was found to not really have died (you haven’t come full circle as a character in comics unless you have died or appeared to have died) and resumed life once again without much added character development.

The Immortal Iron Fist series expands upon the Iron Fist storyline revealing new history that makes Iron Fist a much more intriguing character. The Iron Fist is shown to be a legacy power passed down through generations of warriors across the centuries (this isn’t much of a spoiler as you are shown this on the first page of the series) and Danny Rand is only the latest of those warriors. The central conflict in the series involves what happens when one of those warriors doesn’t follow the tradition laid out by the rulers of K’un L’un.

Overall I found this to be a very entertaining start to a series and a great reinvention of an older character. I immediately went out and picked up the subsequent issues (up to issue 10 at this point) and have not been disappointed. The artwork is stylized, but suits the character and setting very well. The flashback sequences are done by different artists, which tends to work well in general with a few exceptions. The series is definitely taking the character in a new and exciting direction that I would recommend following.

Collects Immortal Iron Fist #1-6. Near mint, 1st print.