Character Spotlight: Iron Fist

Iron Fist is the final character in our spotlight of the Marvel Netflix heroes. The Netflix show has yet to air and will premiere in March of 2017. This would be the perfect time to read up on the character going into his show. The character of Iron Fist, aka Danny Rand, made his debut in Marvel Premiere in 1974. Created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane, Iron Fist was made to capitalize on the martial arts genre that was popular in film during the 1970’s. Despite the mysticism that surrounds his origin, Iron Fist was made to be a grounded, gritty hero that took on local crime and corruption. While not as well known as Daredevil, he is an enduring character that is vital to Marvel’s street level heroes.

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Iron Fist: Epic Collection

Author: Chris Claremont

Illustrator: John Byrne, Larry Hamma

What better place to start than at the beginning. The Epic collection collects the origin story and early adventures of Iron Fist. Danny Rand lost his parents at a young age during an expedition to the mystical city of K’un-Lun. Trained by the mystical cities masters, Danny becomes an expert martial artist. Now an adult, returns to New York to find his parent’s killer. These issues feature the introduction of villains Sabretooth, Master Khan and Steel Serpent. Also featured is a supporting cast with the likes of Misty Knight, Collen Wing and of course, Luke Cage. The latter being a friendship that will define both characters for decades to come.

 

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The Immortal Iron Fist: Complete Collection

Author: Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, Duane Swierczynski

Illustrator: Travel Foreman, David Aja

Before 2006, much time had passed since Iron Fist had a solo series. Enter Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction, who brought the character back to critical acclaim. Making its debut on November of 2006, The Immortal Iron Fist has become the definitive Iron Fist story. Trying to find his place in the modern world, Danny Rand researches the deep history of previous holders of the title Iron Fist. Learning that his title holds more secrets than he ever imagined, he is eventually invited to partake in a world tournament against other Immortal Weapons. To say more would ruin the surprise of the series. While short, this is one of best superhero comics to be released during the past decade. The Netflix series appears to borrow heavily from the Immortal Iron Fist. If you enjoy stories about magic and mysticism as well as action, pick up The Immortal Iron Fist.

 

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Power Man and Iron Fist Vol. 1: The Boys Are Back in Town

Author: David F. Walker

Illustrator: Sanford Greene

Power Man and Iron Fist is the current series being released by Marvel starring both characters. After years with the Avengers, both Luke Cage and Danny Rand decide to reinstate the Heroes for Hire. This series sees both heroes return to their street level roots. The threats here are more grounded with crime lords, gangs and other supervillains. Any decent crime story needs a good mystery and this series has that as well. The cartoony artwork by Sanford Greene actually works and makes the characters jump off the page. The first volume has just been released so it is easy to get caught up. Do not miss out.

 

So concludes the spotlight on the four Netflix heroes from Marvel. You can find the previous entries for Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage in the blog section.Writing these entries reminded me of why I enjoy these characters so much. I plan on writing more spotlights for any comic character on film or television in the coming months.  Also, feel free to recommend any other character who want a spotlight and I will gladly write about them. As always, you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter page.

Written by Eddie Sampson

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