We’re only a couple of days away from the premier of “Iron fist,” the latest Marvel/Netflix show. With that in mind, I thought this would be a good time to talk about some underrated comics starring good old Danny Rand.
Some of my choices are probably buried deep in the dollar bins at your local comic shop. But to be clear: the comics listed below are by no means necessary to enjoy “Iron Fist” this weekend. These are just good comic stories you might enjoy before or after seeing the show. Got it? good, and away we go:
Immortal Iron Fist #1-6 (2007) “The Last Iron Fist Story”
You really can’t go wrong with anything written by Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction, they’re just great writers. But their Iron Fist run from nearly a decade ago, was a thing of beauty.
To kick off a brand new series, the writers, along with artist David Aja and Travel Foreman, introduced a character named Orson Randall. It turned out he was Iron Fist before Danny Rand even heard of the name.
Personal issues led Randall to give up the Iron Fist mantle long ago, but he senses something is coming, and realizes he needs to tell Danny of his legacy as the possessor of this heroic power.
If you’re lucky to find the single issues or the trade, I highly recomend you check out the early issues of Immortal Iron Fist.
Namor the Sub-Mariner #28 (1992) “”Still Alive and Well!”
Namor the Sub-Mariner #28 guest-stars Namorita, Iron Fist, and Misty Knight. This issue was written by John Byrne and Joey Cavalieri, and featured art by Jae Lee and Jeff Albrecht. The story sees Iron Fist testing his skills after months of not using his powers, and Misty Knight receives word that Namorita has found her missing cousin (Namor) who has lost his memory.
Elements of this story may sound silly today, but this issue of Namor holds a special place in my collection for a number of reasons. The main reasons I’ve held on tot his comic are:
- I bought this issue at my first comic con in March 1993. I decided to buy it, because Jae Lee was the guest of honor at the convention, and he signed the comic for me.
- Not only was this my first Namor comic, but it was also the first time I heard of Iron Fist.
Iron Fist #1-2 (1996 Mini Series)
Marvel’s mightiest martial arts hero finaly returns!
Well, for two whole issues at least. Most people probably don’t remember this two issue series from 1996, but I remember this series well. I bought both issues because I was a fan of artist Robert Brown. Whatever happened to him?
Anyways, in this story, Danny Rand faces the greatest challenge of his life as he attempts to recapture his fading power…which has been absorbed by the one man who has defeated him: the Steel Serpent!
The two issues were written by James Felder, with art and covers by Robert Brown and Rey Garcia. and is worth checking out.
Heroes for Hire #1 (1997) “Heroes and Villains”
By the summer of 1997. I knew little about the Heroes for Hire, so when the new series written by Roger Stern (plot) and John Ostrander (script), and art by Pascual Ferry came out, I quickly scooped it up.
In this comic, the U-Foes break into the Vault and release all of the prisoners, Iron Fist is prompted to re-form the Heroes for Hire with the backing of Jim Hammond and Oracle, Inc. Soon, Iron Fist is joined by Hercules and a new White Tiger (but not Luke Cage) in defusing a hostage situation in the United Nations building. And di I mention the Hulk gets involved?
This was a great series that sadly only lasted 19 or so issues. If you can find any of these comics, check them out! You won’t be disappointed.
Spider-Man #41-43 (1993-1994) “Storm Warnings”
What can I say? Jae Lee draws a kick-ass Iron Fist. Too bad he never drew an Iron Fist solo book, that would have been cool.
Spider-Man #41-43 were written by Terry Kavanagh, with art and covers by Jae Lee. In “Storm Warnings,” extenuating circumstances set the stage for a battle between the Amazing Spider-Man and Iron Fist.
The only question that remains is: Can these two heroes stop fighting each other long enough to find the true villain behind everything?
You gotta read “Storm Warnings” to find out!
That’s my list of underrated Iron Fist comics you may want to read. There are some other stories I could mention, but I’m going to wait until “The Defenders” hits Netflix later this year.