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The Immortal Iron Fist, Vol. 1: The Last Iron Fist Story Paperback – November 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785124896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785124894
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been wanting to read this book for a good while.
Todd R. Jordan
In short, there are just too many cultural and character obstacles in the way for me to fully embrace this book.
SB
Now Brubaker has done the same for Iron Fist and made him a New Avenger as well.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By G. Callejas on August 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As much as I read Marvel comics, I never really had any prolonged exposure to Iron Fist (Danny Rand) before this title. I knew he was one half of the "Power Man and Iron Fist" team back in the seventies, but since that was a little before my time, most of my experience with this character came from Wikipedia. As a result, I really didn't know what to expect from this new comic.

Well, I can easily say it's definitely in my top five being put out right now. As the reviewer before me said, it does spend a lot of time setting the plot up, but I don't think it's for the worse, since I personally appreciated the time to get what was going on. You get to see Danny interact with his main supporting characters like Luke Cage (who thankfully has been brought to the forefront of books like New Avengers), but the "Immortal" aspect of the title is also played up, with short glimpses into the lives of the other people to bear the mantle of Iron Fist. One of these other people plays a major role in the arc collected, so the fact that while the continuity is clearly important (the closeness of Danny and Luke, his former relationship with Misty Knight), it isn't necessary to know all of it in order to follow what goes on. Honestly, I originally read it because Ed Brubaker's name was on the cover, and he could rewrite the telephone book and find some way to make it awesome. I am glad to say his combined efforts with Matt Fraction (who has been a great job on The Order) make this an excellent read.

That good writing is coupled with the more than excellent art of David Aja and Matt Hollingsworth is an even better deal.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Harvey H. Meeker on December 9, 2007
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After enjoying Ed Brubaker's work on Captain America of late I was interested in taking a look at this series so I decided to pick up this collection to catch up on the first few issues (issues 1-6 along with a Civil War tie in are collected in here). The book itself is nicely packaged as a hardcover with a glossy slipcover.

Iron Fist is a product of the martial arts craze of the 70s and has been mostly a minor character in the Marvel Universe never able to hold up a book on his own for very long. His longest lasting series was the shared Power Man and Iron Fist that ended with Iron Fist's undignified death. Later he was found to not really have died (you haven't come full circle as a character in comics unless you have died or appeared to have died) and resumed life once again without much added character development.

The Immortal Iron Fist series expands upon the Iron Fist storyline revealing new history that makes Iron Fist a much more intriguing character. The Iron Fist is shown to be a legacy power passed down through generations of warriors across the centuries (this isn't much of a spoiler as you are shown this on the first page of the series) and Danny Rand is only the latest of those warriors. The central conflict in the series involves what happens when one of those warriors doesn't follow the tradition laid out by the rulers of K'un L'un.

Overall I found this to be a very entertaining start to a series and a great reinvention of an older character. I immediately went out and picked up the subsequent issues (up to issue 10 at this point) and have not been disappointed. The artwork is stylized, but suits the character and setting very well.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By SB on July 6, 2009
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There's a breed of comic book that is hard for readers to get into and identify with, and this book is of that breed. The breed is symbolized by Thor, and finds its antithesis in Spider-Man. Most of us can easily identify with a hapless teenager who suddenly finds himself fighting injustice with a set of powers he can barely grapple with, and who goes on trying to balance his "normal life" with his crime-fighting one.

Fewer people can readily identify with a Norse god who can travel dimensions at will, and has trouble balancing his duties on The Avengers with his role as Odin's son in Asgard. The same problem seems to exist when trying to identify with a white guy who's inherited one of the world's largest corporations, as well as some heavy-duty Kung-Fu skills, plus a mystic connection to the world of Chinese martial arts mythology. That doesn't mean there's not a place for Thor, or the Iron Fist, but they're just not going to strike the same chord as other characters, and writers have to really work to make their stories something readers can sympathize with.

Brubaker and co. do an admirable job constructing the same framework that worked so effectively for them in Captain America: a darker "look", a confused hero caught up in a whirlwind rising out of the depths of the character's origin, intrigue that pits huge criminal/corporate/government organizations against each other and against the heroes, etc. In this case, instead of the depths of WWII memories and the Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes, we get the depths of Chinese Mythology and the long lost Iron Fists of yesteryear, including Danny's Dad. Instead of SHIELD/A.I.M we get Rand Corp/HYDRA. Instead of the Red Skull, we get Davos, the Steel Serpent.
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