Thwip!’s Retro Tuesday – The Immortal Iron Fist

Tuesday means that Thwip! goes “retro” and talks about collections/storylines that we think were awesome (and still are) – today we talk about the short-lived The Immortal Iron Fist series.

If you have been lounging on the Thwip! website for the past couple of days, you know that we are totally annoyed at the Netflix Iron Fist series.

The reason why? Simple, read The Immortal Iron Fist.

Written by Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction and continued by Duane Swierczynski with art by David Aja and Travel Foreman, this was a landmark of a run being both pretty as hell and so damn well written.

Before Iron Fist was kind of a B-class hero, very much like the kung-fu movies that his stories were inspired by. But when this series rolls around…well suffice to say, anyone who reads this series becomes an immediate fan of the guy.

The thing is that there is some serious world building in this series, with K’un L’un playing a minor part (’cause there are seven other heavenly cities, wrap your head around that!) and there are the Immortal Weapons! And the other Iron Fists! There is so much history and so much forward-thinking plotting that there was enough material building up for an additional hundred issues (unfortunately we fall short of 30, more’s the pity).

You don’t have to know much about Danny Rand or the Iron Fist(s) before entering this series, ’cause all of it is new ground in any case so even old hands are getting some new stuff thrown at them.

Coupled with Aja’s formidable style and Foreman’s electrically energetic kinesthetics, this series felt like the action was unfolding before you (Foreman’s art is a treat when there is action involved and Aja…well we know Aja, hence why we love him).

Do yourself a favor, don’t waste thirteen hours watching the Netflix series, instead read this series.

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