This February will mark a new beginning for the iconic super hero Iron Fist. Award winning writer Alyssa Wong, known for her work on Doctor Aphra, will team up with artist Michael YG, an extraordinary artist making his Marvel Comics debut, in Iron Fist. The five-issue limited series will see the legendary mantle of Iron Fist passed on to a new hero in a revolutionary transformation of one of Marvel’s most fascinating mystical mythologies. Fans can expect an epic hero’s journey in true Marvel fashion as this mysterious character unlocks long-hidden secrets behind the history of his ancient powers and confronts a threat that only he has the ability to defeat!
After giving up his power to save the world earlier this year in Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon, Danny Rand believes he’s seen the last of the Iron Fist. But when demons begin to attack cities around the world, a new hero appears, hands blazing with the Chi of Shou-Lao the Undying! Who is this new Iron Fist? And does his power really come from the Dragon of K’un-Lun… Or from something far more sinister? Fans will have to wait until the first issue to discover his identity but they can see him now on the stunning cover for Iron Fist #1 showcasing a brand-new costume design by superstar artist Jim Cheung!
Witness the rise of a new Marvel legend when Iron Fist #1 hits stands on February 16.
(W) Larry Hama (A) Dave Wachter (CA) Billy Tan Rated T+ In Shops: Apr 14, 2021 SRP: $3.99
THE SECRETS OF THE HEAVENLY DRAGONS! • The true nature of the Dragons of Heaven are revealed…but to who? And why? And what will be done with this cursed knowledge? • Danny fights for sanity of a world gone mad. • The identity of the mysterious herald of the 8th Kingdom’s onslaught is exposed!
(W) Larry Hama (A) Dave Wachter (CA) Billy Tan Rated T+ In Shops: Mar 17, 2021 SRP: $3.99
THE WAR OF THE HEAVENLY CITIES COMES TO WAKANDA! • Z’Gambo manifests over Wakanda, and with it an army of the undead! • Other cities, filled with hordes of undead and Marvel villains, appear all over the world! • Can Iron Fist stop the worldwide calamity? Will he discover who is behind this deadly scourge?
Iron Fist is here as part of Mezco Toyz‘s One:12 Collective ready to display his martial arts. The figure comes with multiple hands and a range of chi effects as well as a three-section staff with a chain.
(W) Larry Hama (A) Dave Wachter (CA) Billy Tan (VCA) Emanuela Lupacchino, Marcos Martin Rated T+ In Shops: Feb 17, 2021 SRP: $3.99
THE HEAVENLY CITIES ARE COMING TO EARTH, AND THEY’RE BRINGING HELL WITH THEM! • Danny voyages into the Heart of Heaven, only to find his destination lies elsewhere…the hellish, hidden Eighth City! • What is the dark force behind the ancient gate that stands locked in the heart of the Eighth City? • The only way to stop the ravaging hordes is to bring the Heavenly Cities to Earth, but will even that be enough?
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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