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    Reviews - The Immortal Iron Fist - Omnibus HC

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Iron Fist Knows the Best Kung-Fu - Uthor
This collects Brubaker's and Fraction's run on The Immortal Iron Fist. They took Iron Fist and created a modern twist on a kung-fu movie. The story weaves Iron Fist with the larger Marvel universe (Civil War, Heroes for Hire) for a bit, but mainly focuses on a complex mythology featuring all the past Iron Fists in history. The main plot is about Danny, his father, and Orson Wendell (the previous Iron Fist) and their relationship with the mystic city of K'un-L'un. It takes Danny back to his home to participate in a tournament with the other Immortal Weapons, but with larger events taking place, including a revolution of the old ways.

The art by Aja is very kinetic and well suited for the kung-fu action. The coloring is dark and moody, giving a weight to the story. It reminds me a lot of the art in by Alex Maleev in Bendis' Daredevil.

The only complaint I can have is the placement of the Annual and the Orson Randall and The Green Mist of Death stories in the omnibus. They follow the plotting of the story, but they ruin the pacing. Also, the "framing" artwork in the Annual is terrible.

Other than the two minor quibbles, this is a fantastic read. It's a surprisingly complex story with plenty of action and enough comedy to keep the reader entertained. Brubaker, Fraction, and Aja leave after this collection, leaving Duane Swierczynski to continue to the story. Having read those issues, I can say that the title continues being just as great. I hope there's an Omnibus vol. 2 in the future.




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