Review: The Immortal Iron Fist: The Last Iron Fist Story

Published on January 18th, 2011

Hey Comic Impact buddies! How are you on this fine Tuesday?I hope you’re doing well, I know I am. There’s a lot of good stuff going on in Comic Impact land. Changes to the website, new videos, and hey, did you check out that interview with Matt Fraction? How awesome was that?! Well that got me thinking about The Immortal Iron Fist: The Last Iron Fist Story, that first Iron Fist trade written by Matt Fraction and Ed Brubaker. So I thought I’d pick it up off the bookshelf and give it a nice read again, and oh man is it good! So let’s move on to Trade Tuesday and take a look at this book.

immortal_iron_fist_-_volThe story starts off with our pal Danny Rand kicking some Hydra ass as the Immortal Iron Fist, while he’s beating down on the Hydra goons we’re getting some glimpses of Iron Fist’s origins, and then we move to a meeting that took place earlier that day at the Rand Corp. The meeting involved some Chinese businessmen who are trying to purchase the Rand Corporation’s new super fast train. The deal is worth over ten billion (that’s right BILLION) dollars, but at the last minute Danny decides to turn them and their money down because he believes the Chinese corporation is into dirty business ethics, so he throws the guy out of his office. Jeryn Hogarth who’s the head of Danny’s company gets super pissed off and threatens to quit, but Danny decides to go out as Iron Fist and investigate the Chinese company, which is where we come into contact with those Hydra agents. Danny ends up being defeated and awakes at the Night Nurse’s offices greeted by Luke Cage.

Meanwhile there’s another guy named Orson Randall who was the Iron Fist during the first World War who has decided to come to America to find Danny and prepare him for something big, also he’s trying to escape the Steel Serpent who’s trying to kill him. Also the Steel Serpent is working with Hydra and the Chinese Company to take down Iron Fist and the Rand Corporation. Eventually Randall and Danny are able to find each other since they both get their powers from the same source. After a brief conflict to test each other the two team up and Randall is able to teach a few new tricks to Danny. Randall takes Danny to his old hideout where he’s kept the book of the Iron Fist that has the entire History of the Iron Fist. Then Hydra shows up again and the two Iron Fists have to take them out.

We then find out that K’un L’un (the city where Danny became the Iron Fist) is one of the 7 Cities of Heaven, and each one of these cities has their own champion, and the reason Randall came to find Danny is prepare him for a tournament involving all of the Champions. Also the book of the Iron Fist has every Kung Fu move ever and Danny’s going to have to study it if he is going to survive this tournament.

We’re coming to the end of the book and Randall and Danny are about to face off with the Steel Serpent who has also had Hogarth’s mother kidnapped. While the two Iron Fists are fighting the Serpent, Orson gets a mortal wound, but before he dies he is able to channel his Chi into Danny so he can have the power to take down the Steel Serpent. Now that Danny has the extra power the Serpent acts like a little baby and decides to take off until they meet again in the tournament. It looks like the story is about to end until Iron Fist’s master appears out of nowhere to take him to the tournament.

This may have been one of the most difficult books to summarize into a few short paragraphs. There is just so much going on with this book, involving Danny’s and his father’s origins, and there’s a whole bunch of flashbacks to previous Iron Fists in History. I just couldn’t put it into the Trade Tuesday. If you want to find out all the stuff I left out you’re just gonna have to get this book for yourself. And you really should, when Fraction and Brubaker work together it’s always great and this is a great book to start with if you want to read some Iron Fist. Plus it’s got some great artwork in it. So if you want to check it out you can get your very own copy to read over and over from Amazon for about ten bucks,which is quite the bargain for 6 issues, plus the bonus story at the end involving Iron Fist and his path in Marvel’s Civil War.

Ken Zeider
Ken@ComicImpact.com