Review: Iron Fist #1

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, a mysterious guy walks into a den of bad guys in an underground fight club, declares his entry into the competition to the big bad guy in charge and then lets him know that his opponent choice is every fighter in the room. Writer

Writer Ed Brisson sure knows how to start off a story in the most intense way possible. He then takes it down several notches with some of Danny Rand/Iron Fist’s inner monologue and the dual nature of his actions before he brings it back to the action. It’s decent storytelling that serves to gain your interest with some solid action, show you a peek inside the characters head, and then give you a bit more action and eventually the characters ultimate motivation. Brisson’s writing style is by the numbers storytelling, but his take on the classic structure seems fresh and it works.

Mike Perkins serves up gritty, dark classic comic style artwork. His style showcases the bleakness of the situation and the seriousness of Danny Rand’s story in the beginning of this arc. Andy Troy‘s color work is amazing and dark, reminiscent of the old school 80s comics and I’m beyond here for it. The story being told and the old school, pulp style of the artwork work well together to tell a cohesive story.

Everything about this issue is basic and simplistic, but that works in its favor for the most part. This issue provides us with what we’re used to, a bit of nostalgia but, with a bit of an update and twist to make something old and familiar felt new again.

Overall, it isn’t a bad story just limited. There’s also a lot less stereotypical white savior behavior and cultural appropriation in this restart of the Danny Rand story. Considering some of the comments that have been made by those who’ve been in charge of the Iron Fist legacy, a few where the words “oriental” were thrown around, I assume they reduced as much of problematic parts of the story line as they could. In this restart we see Danny Rand on a bender, using fights to soothes savage beast and, as his version of atonement. There’s mention of the appropriated parts of the Iron Fist’s back story but, it’s not front and center as it was in the Netflix series.

Brisson keeps things pretty low key and tells a story that seems very real of a fallen hero on a downward spiral and it’s a very good way to start an arc. It’s not classic Iron Fist, it’s darker in tone and deeper in texture than the source material but, maybe that’s just what this series needs to stay relevant and rid itself of its racist undertones.

Story: Ed Brisson Art: Mike Perkins Color: Andy Troy
Story: 8.7 Art: 8.6 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Read

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review