Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon #1
The Seven Heavenly Cities have begun a project to integrate their gates allowing travel between them and Earth in a way never before seen. Iron Fist is ready to oversee it when he's thrust into a coordinated attack on all the cities taking their citizens by surprise and leaving bloody carnage in their wake. The nefarious goal and some surprise villains await the champion of K'un L'un.
The living legend Larry Hama returns to his first major title Iron Fist, drawing Danny into a new challenge that promises to reshape the Iron Fist mythos forever. The first issue wastes no time getting right to the meat, thrusting us into a wild adventure within moments of flipping into over the cover. We ain’t dropping spoilers this go round but suffice to say Hama makes some fantastic “casting choices” obviously including Danny’s BFF Luke Cage but also some great martial arts based villains you wouldn’t have readily expected. He also doesn’t change much while adding plenty leaning on the world established by previous runs from Matt Fraction and Ed Brubaker to craft a new direction with familiar flavors. All in all this is prime Hama writing a solid action tale that gets you involved right away.
David Wachter, Neeraj Menon and Travis Lanham do a fantastic job on art duties as well. Capturing a proper balance of the more modern Marvel quirk humor elements with old school action similar to titles like ’90s Punisher, Shadowmasters or Daredevil. The panels are light and fun when they need to be light and fun but also bold and grim when playtime is over. This is a great opening shot for the mini and the team shows why they were the right fit for the job.
Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon #1 is a great read that promises fun times, whodunit mystery with a smorgasbord of martial arts action laced throughout. In other words, everything you want to see when you see Larry Hama's name on the cover of an Iron Fist book.
Iron Fist:Heart of the Dragon #1 : Gotta Protect 'Em All!
Writing - 8/108/10
Storyline - 8/108/10
Art - 8.5/108.5/10
Color - 8.5/108.5/10
Cover Art - 9/109/10
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