Presenting a complete collection of Iron Fist's latter-day solo series! It's a cavalcade of kung fu capers that will transform your bookshelf like unto a thing of iron! Danny Rand faces the Steel Serpent...but it's more like Steal Serpent when he takes the power of the Iron Fist! Who is Death Sting, what does she want with the Scorpio Key - and what does she have to do witPresenting a complete collection of Iron Fist's latter-day solo series! It's a cavalcade of kung fu capers that will transform your bookshelf like unto a thing of iron! Danny Rand faces the Steel Serpent...but it's more like Steal Serpent when he takes the power of the Iron Fist! Who is Death Sting, what does she want with the Scorpio Key - and what does she have to do with Danny's sister? COLLECTING: IRON FIST (1996) 1-2, IRON FIST (1998) 1-3, IRON FIST/WOLVERINE 1-4, IRON FIST (2004) 1-6, UNCANNY ORIGINS 14, MATERIAL FROM MARVEL KNIGHTS DOUBLE SHOT 4...
|Title||:||Iron Fist: The Return of K'un Lun|
|Number of Pages||:||400 Pages|
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Iron Fist: The Return of K'un Lun Reviews
Nice compilation of adventures and origin
Lackluster adventures from a usually cool character.
Sometimes it's nice to go back and read comics for nostalgia's sake, but sometimes said comics aren't really that good. The Return of K'un Lun not only collects stories about the Iron Fist from the 90s and early 00s, but is also an interesting look at comics from that time period.The first story from 1996 reminded me about everything terrible about comics from that time... The story is passable, but the artist wished terribly to look like Todd McFarlane (and drew the most neanderthalic Danny Rand). Early computer graphics were rampant, with super gradient 3D logos, to really shocking "effects" (and not in a good way). Thankfully this is the shortest storyline in the graphic novel.The second story is from 1998, called "In The Fold". This is, honestly, the only story in this graphic novel that is worth the read. The artwork is amazing and you can tell that the artist studied up on how to depict martial arts on the page. Storywise, it's a typical comic story which touches on Danny Rand's origin a bit, but offers little in the way of resolution. Usually mini-series like this are "pilots" for a full series, which obviously didn't pan out. Iron Fist/Wolverine features surprisingly little of the secondary billed character. It should really read "Iron Fist Makes Some Dumb Decisions And The Avengers Show Up For Some Reason... In Japan!" Well, I guess the original title fits better on that page... This story is really bad and features some plot holes, but just seemed like it tried to do too much with too little. Whats worse is the art... Wow. Depictions of the characters were a little TOO 2000s, but the backgrounds and scenes were laughable at times. If you read this, pay attention to how they draw "downtown" Tokyo... Which is apparently surrounded by green grass hills and not the rest of the city. Also, I can read Japanese... Which made me wonder what kind of gibberish was written on the billboards in Tokyo. One of them was Hebrew. Not kidding. Oh yeah, the story! Um, don't read this one.The longest story in the book was "Breathless", which was done by longtime Street Fighter artists from Udon Comics. I remember reading this one and being excited... Now I can't remember why I was so excited! The artwork is okay at times, but all I see is Blonde Ryu or Cody from the Street Fighter comics. The artist also abruptly changes for issue five to someone who tried really, really hard but ultimately failed at drawing. Said artist tried emulating the original artist's style and it didn't work out too well. Thankfully (?) the original artist came back for the last issue. Pay special attention to the colorists in this... First few issues look amazing and make up for the shortcomings in the artwork, but once he left the comic fell flat. Oh, you want to know about the story? Well, it was pretty terrible and lasted at least 4 issues too long.Lastly we have Iron Fist's origin story, which should have totally been first! This is short, but good. Artwork is just fine, although I wonder how they had electricity in a magical city, modern day gymnastics equipment, and why Yu-Ti is a comic artist. Very strange inclusions that just made me shake my head.All in all, this is a barely passable collection and explains why Iron Fist kinda fell by the wayside for so long. Each story had him "lose his powers" (fully or partially) or had him question himself as a hero. They were all very generic and it seemed like Marvel's writers were terrified of letting Iron Fist go all out.Thankfully there are modern stories that show Iron Fist in a better light. I highly recommend Iron Fist Secret Wars (Misty and Danny are adorbs), as well as The Immoral Iron Fist and Iron Fist: The Living Weapon. The new series, Powerman and Iron Fist, is amazing and shows why he works best with Luke Cage. If you're interested in some classic Fist stories, check out Iron Fist the Epic Collection. All of these are available digitally on Comixology and Marvel Unlimited, but some are out of print physically.
So, I love Iron Fist stories, but a collection like this, full of mini-series and one-shots, really highlights a weakness of the character as he's been used solo over the years.That is, Marvel mostly only knows how to tell roughly two solo Iron Fist stories. One, his origin (which, to my surprise, has actually remained more or less unchanged) and two, someone wants to use the Iron Fist power for themselves - either bringing Iron Fist somewhere for the purpose of causing a reaction, or killing him so they can take and use the power. In smaller doses its hard to notice, but all stacked up like this, it really does stick out.Beyond that, I cay say most of the stories here are okay. Nothing to write home about, but inoffensive and sometimes pretty decent.The best is the final six-parter, "Breathless." This pairs Iron Fist with a young girl who sees visions, a situation he doesn't like terribly much as he's having a crisis of faith about his being a hero. It's actually a really well-paced piece, a lot more intense than the rest. There's only one real problem with it. The art in the first part is gorgeous (and stylistically, the different stories in this can have very different styles, but I liked the first part of this last story's art the best). But they changed artists to a more cartoony, almost anime-ish style, and this artist... I don't know. The guy in the first half looked like Danny Rand, but I swear in the second half he was drawn more like Chase Stein of the Runaways. I guess it's easy to do they're roughly the same build, same hair, etc. But it was jarring. Overall, read if you like Iron Fist a whole lot, but if you just want to learn about the character, there are way better series out there.
This was a fairly enjoyable compilation of several miniseries featuring Iron Fist from the mid-nineties. Any compilation ends up being a mixed bag. The first story has some pretty awful art and features a lot of violence towards animals that I could have done without. Later issues improve, since they have more contemporary storylines to draw from, and had clearer art. I particularly liked the later one that involved Wolverine and some other support characters, since Iron Fist so often ends up in his own corner not interacting with other Marvel characters. I enjoyed this book quite a bit, though to be fair, I might have enjoyed it more because of how much I love the character.
It had it's moments, but I need a little better martial arts action. I've read too much Battle Angel Alita and manga to really find this as satisfying as I think it should be.