Another strike is that it read like Batman 666, an unexpected anthology type structure in a protagonist titled series -- not what is necessarily wanted when the cover charge is paid. Thought Immortal Iron Fist would be all about Danny Rand and this (misinterpretation by me?) extreme deviation from that, at only #7, caught me off guard. Still, Batman's story was in the future where the events will most likely 'not happen', this tale of Wu Ao-Shi was from the past, which one could derive interesting information of the Iron Fist mythos.
Other aspects that I 'wondered' about:
The convenient sinister number of 66 Iron Fists so far and no mention of the number Wu was in bearing the mantle?. What does her name translate to (as there is also that independent title SHI)? Why the husband's first name was excluded(unless I missed it)? The scratchy(?) art styles, while fitting for the cute fable(or is it parable with fishing involved) like intent of the story, did not compare with my appreciation of last issue artwork. Shou-Lao's mark on her thigh, while a nice PC location, flashbacked to one heck of an awkward hold on the dragon. The out of place American Dollar sign in the thought bubble should have had the translation brackets: < $ >! Where in fact IS Pinghai Bay? Was that a pot belly on the Pirate King? Four kids(bad points like why/if there were no assassin attempts by the gods, to eliminate her, for reasons similar to attacking Orson, for forsaking his calling).
There were aspects of the story that impressed:
The 3 different artists basically kept the same feel with each of their separate parts in a self-contained parable. The K'un-Lun backdrop had an authentic feel to it. The part the The Thunderer played made me appreciate that character even more. Nice costume design. Noting the portal to K'un Lun is unstable. Just as Danny Rand is a capitalist entrepeneur, Wu does not have the purest of motives even as an Immortal Iron Fist. The bond presented despite the dichotomy of Wu and her husband's stations in life. Yu-Ti seemed in character from Marvel Premiere but the mysogynistic comment was an interesting twist. "I bet she lied to me." The Chi Arrows could be intriguing ability if Danny learns how. The definitive trivia revelation that she was the last female Iron Fist. Four kids(good points like potential for a legacy revealed).
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