Updated on 16 October, 2021
Iron Fist has had a rather short run in the comics. There have been some interesting changes to his history, but the one thing that remains the same about him is that he is an incredibly powerful fighter who uses his martial art based on Wing Chun. There has been some speculation that the comic was not intended to be a live up to the success of the original, but there have been a lot of similarities between the two.
The first issue of Iron Fist has a cover that is very similar to that of a modern day comic book. The second issue has a much different look to it, using a much more gritty tone. It is highly unlikely that the comic was ever meant to be written as a standalone epic collection of stories, because the stories are all interconnected. In fact, when you read the first Iron Fist issues, you will notice the various conflicts taking place throughout the city and in between, as well as how Danny is slowly training to become the Iron Fist that he was destined to be. It is actually these moments that make the comic so much fun to read.
The first arc of Iron Fist, the 'Kung-Fu' arc, is a great introduction to the world of Iron Fist. This is also where we see Danny Rand finally gain the respect and admiration of his father, who is a kung fu expert. It is here that the story is told in its most entertaining form, while still maintaining a level of mystery. The use of a digital image to illustrate Rand's father in action is a clever touch, giving the comic a unique voice as it combines the martial arts with a bit of mystery and suspense.
After this, we get a Elektra miniseries, which takes place in and around Chicago. The story is almost a follow up on the previous issues of the Iron Fist comic, as the young Chinese girl gains more power, but uses her new found skill for bad. She wants to do good, but when someone tries to stop her from using her new found martial art, she ends up killing them. In the future, Rand meets up with Fist, who is training with a ninja named K'oon-Chi. He tells Rand about the possibility of using his power for good, but warns him that doing so will cause his death. While he is talking, a mysterious stranger murders his girlfriend.
The third arc, 'The Winner's Edge', takes place in New York City. Rand spends the night trying to get back to his hotel before the killer comes upon them and kills them both. The next morning, he tracks down the killer, who turns out to be Daredevil. Once he realizes what he's done, he offers the bounty hunter a deal; he lets Matt go free if he completes the mission. With this help, Matt hunts down the killer and convinces him not to kill anymore people, but if he doesn't, he reveals his identity to Rand.
This is the first Iron Fist storyline to feature David Aja, who is pencilled in the series. The art work for the series is done by Matt Fink, with coloring by Ed Brubaker. The series is written by Greg Ruckly and drawn by Frank Miller.
The four-issue annual event " Immortal Weapon" is published in May of 2021, in the wake of "The Winner's Edge" arc. It takes place in New York City, and features an all-star cast of characters including David Aja, Matt Murdock, Elizabeth Bridal, Frank Castle, Cleopatra proclamation, Stick, Luke Cage, Shades of Black, and more. The main plot involves a hit and run accident that left a mysterious girl,posing a risk to New York City's capitol buildings, by using two immortal weapons she took from men she attacked.
This limited special edition of " Immortal Weapon" is deluxe, collecting the first five issues in a gorgeous hardcover format, along with a digital companion issue. The four-issue annual event is a tremendous event, featuring some of the finest talent in comics today! It's worth it to add these hardcover editions to your Marvel Comics subscription, for true preservation of this incredible line. For fans, this is a must have.