IMMORTAL IRON FIST 17
The cover: Got the powerful poser cover above - that turns out to touch on context - and not the sort of interesting one solicited by the link:
The Prev Page?:
Art: It'll take getting use too. Very nitpicky about some of the inking/shadowing done of some of the human forms. Little things like Misty's wrist, Colleen's horribly botched nose job, Cage wearing a baseball cap, The Servant's changing profile and Danny's completely missing left eye were bothersome. And that last page looked particularly rushed.
And there's the past, present, and future:
Future: The opening box was a turn off. Expecting to see a never-really-going-to happen story. Well, at least they didnt actually say Danny dies - that's what his 'son' thinks. Dont think Marvel would expect high sales if the main character dies; didnt get me to by the 4 Superman substitutes when he died. So, telling us he will die seems misdirection right off. On the other hand, showing Misty and 'son' might foretekll the Misty/Danny relationship which could prove boring without the soap opera sequencing.
Past: Not a fan of past Iron Fists as main protagonist but since this is to be an ongoing element - this way was probably the best way of presenting them. Paralleling the life of Danny. As soon as Kwai Jun-Fan's story began, it felt like he was channeling David Carradine. Which turns out okay, cuz Kung Fu was a great TVseries! Though thankfully short, two things were hard to digest. That the Old West sign makers were THAT good ;-) and two, that he was in his prime and it was all he could do to stay alive against a gang of cowboys, when an Iron Fist at 33 should be able to take on a dozen Hydra, Batroc the Leaper, and a skrullbot all at the same time.
Present: This part of the storyline is interesting. The title was very clever - which is always a big plus to me. The threat of being 33 revealed right away instead of readers maybe having to wait for 1 year of Marvel time. Being older, loved the Misty 'present' page where admittedly she was flaunting disregard for CCA/PG rating among other things. The Avengers Outreach Program was a thoughtful inclusion but with their fugitive status made little sense(it wouldve been even nicer if Luke footnoted keeping a promise to Cap from that NA issue). The Servant and his master Ch'i-Lin were genuinely threatening even with little background. Jeryn immediate return was surprising but logical and it was nice to see his mother was okay. Iron Fist must have the worst 'Avengers Line Item' sales going. Danny's newfound power display was visually impressive but has me VERY concerned that not be respectfully be treated with this skill set that will further detract from the characters consistency and commodity potential. This issue should help improve things.
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