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BOOK OF THE WEEK: IMMORTAL IRON FIST #1
Comic Review by:
Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Writer: Ed Brubaker & Matt Fraction,  Artist: David Aja

PLOT SYNOPSIS: Many years ago, in the mystical city of Kun' Lun, young Danny Rand stared at a suit behind glass -- the garb of "the Immortal Iron Fist" -- and knew that he was destined to wear it. But where did this costume come from? Why did it wait for Danny all those years like a shadow of his future? The answer to those questions will stun both him and his readers, as Danny Rand leaps from the pages of his breakout hit in DAREDEVIL to his own series - a history-spanning kung-fu epic that will shatter every perception of what it means to be the Immortal Iron Fist.

BO'S REVIEW: Immortal Iron Fist #1 begins in 1227 and shows an earlier version of Iron Fist (the series will show that there have been many incarnations) defending the village he lives in before we are slam cut into the present where we see Danny Rand, the current wielder take on an army of Hydra agents. Co-writers Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction tell us the history of the character as he takes out agent after agent in some amazingly well done art by David Aja. The fight sequences flow beautifully to a crisis point before we move to Thailand where we see that one of the previous owners of the Fist happens to be quite alive. I always thought Iron Fist was cool back in the day but this issue makes him beyond awesome.

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MARVEL ROUND UP…
Avengers Next #2 (of 5) introduces Thena, daughter of Thor as the team tries to find the kidnapped Thunderstrike. We do learn what the plan was behind kidnapping him in between fights and the following of a meteor by Nova and Earth Sentry that brings the young heroine to Earth. The team still doesn’t know if they can trust Sabreclaw but they may have no choice…Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #14 begins a new storyline that also reintroduces Debra Whitman to the cast. Older fans will remember that she was a friend of Peter who kind of went goofy trying to figure out if Peter was Spider-Man. With the reveal of Pete’s identity she has written a tell all book about how he ruined her life. Peter David resolves the whole Peter being a threat to the school he teaches at here and includes guest stars both real and projected. We also get to see the Vulture here as he gets a new outfit from a mysterious benefactor in the Scot Eaton drawn issue…What If? Wolverine is from Bomb Queen’s Jimmie Robinson and event artist Carmine DiGiondomaco. The story tells what may have happened if Logan had not been freed from his Hydra reprogramming in the Mark Millar/John Romita Jr. arc Enemy of the State. It seems that Logan would have taken out most of not all of the Marvel Universe and here we see him coming after the few heroes that are left. The story is coldly efficient and the art damn good…Sensational Spider-Man #32 sports a great Clayton Crain cover and some great interior art from guest penciller Sean Chen. The story contained within takes place around the same time as Civil War #5 and shows the effect the event has on Aunt May and especially Mary Jane. We see MJ go thru her daily life as we flash back to the start of their relationship before she has lunch with Sue Storm. The last page shows Peter in the state he was in CW #5…Stan Lee Meets Doctor Doom contains two tongue in cheek stories that have Stan encountering Doom at his castle and Doom talking to a trusted advisor after getting his ass handed to him by the FF again. The first story is drawn beautifully by Salvador Larroca and the second is from Superman/Batman creators Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuiness. McGuiness changes his style a bit to imitate Marvel style circa 1960 and it looks as it would if John Buscema had drawn the story at times. We also get a two page story from True Story’s Tom Belard that shows that Stan taught him to create characters that are interesting to the audience before a reprint of FF #87…Nextwave #10 continues the take off of the Ultimates and shows the fight between the team and the Vestry before we marvel at the abilities of Forbush Man. Stuart Immonen uses the opportunity to change his style as we look at different versions of what individual team members lives could be like. Of course there is one team member that Irving is no match for and that leads us to the ass kicking conclusion of the arc next month…X-Men #193 concludes the first arc from the team of Mike Carey and Chris Bachalo, Supernovas. As the story begins the oil tanker base of the Children of the Vault hovers above the Xavier Institute and the reaction of Rogue’s team shows us just how different her team is going to be. There are gorgeous pages here and Carey’s dialogue sparkles. We see that this version of the X-Men is going to be edgier than previous ones with an attitude of take out your opponent as fast as possible and worry about hurt feelings later…Onslaught Reborn #1 (of 5) puts some of the Heroes Reborn band back together (Jeph Loeb and Rob Liefeld) to show the byproduct of the words spoken by the Scarlet Witch: “No More Mutants”. Proving the theory that every action has an equal and opposite reaction the loss of mutants frees and recreates the merger of Professor X and Magneto, Onslaught. He still wants to kill Franklin Richards and here he makes his way to the Baxter Building to do the dead under a number of guises. The attempt on Franklin is done quite well and results in him returning to the world he created to hide his parents where we meet the narrator of the story, Bucky. Loeb tells a cool story and Liefeld is Liefeld but his art has a nice crispness to it.


IMAGE ROUND UP…
True Story: Swear to God #2 tell of the decision of Tom’s girlfriend Lily to shave her head after a meeting with her Buddhist group and the reaction getting to and post shave. We see his reaction to the suggestion as well as her mothers. The story also takes place prior to Y2K so we see the cast create a time capsule to put things in. The issue is a great study of understanding…Sea of Red #13 (of 13) wraps up the pirate horror tale with swordfights and sex. The biggest problem I had with the title was the poor choice to color everything in this deep red tone that obscured the art work. The second biggest was that the book was always late…Negative Burn #6 is more of an experiment than the previous issues because the creators here are a bit more obscure. The lead tale is a time travel opus that has future selves visiting a young man about to be married and happens to be the high point of the book but as always, the remainder is damn good.
 
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