Review: Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon #1
One of my favorite characters in the Marvel universe is Iron Fist and I’ve been excited for Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon written by Larry Hama. Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon #1 is pretty straightforward: A bunch of undead fighters are looking to kill off the dragons that Iron Fist is protecting and we have bad guys and gals such as Taskmaster and Lady Bullseye in the mix. Taskmaster gets the best of Iron Fist and the heroes are left with a lot of questions as an unexpected death shows up.
Hama mixes a lot of action with a bit of humor, which overall, makes for a pretty good story. It’s a given that Luke Cage is going to be around and his involvement makes for some of the biggest fun. And this is just my opinion but when Taskmaster is involved, I feel like he knows enough people’s fighting styles that he’s even going to beat Danny Rand. When the child Pei struck Lady Bullseye, I thought it was quite hilarious. I really like what I read of Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon #1.
David Wachter did the art on this issue. I’m not at all familiar with him but he’s got a great-looking style. An Iron Fist book should be filled with action and this book is wall-to-wall action so Wachter had a lot of action sequences to pencil. I love the look and feel of what is put to the page. Neeraj Menon’s colors compliment the pencils and have the proper color pallette for a penciller like Wachter.
This was a really enjoyable first issue that’s got me excited for the next issue. Iron Fist managed to stop the bad guys in this issue. I have been reading Hama’s work on G.I. Joe for years and I’m glad to see him working on a character like Iron Fist. I might not like this as much as his work on the Joes but add in a fantastic artist and this ends up being just what a fan of this half of the Heroes For Hire needs.
Story: Larry Hama Art: David Wachter
Color: Neeraj Menon Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 7.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 6.5
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