In Review: Iron Fist (2017-) #5

The final battle is brutal and the fight is interspersed with The Wolf telling Danny his story...

Synopsis: Danny has reached the end of the gauntlet, but is this also the end of the Iron Fist? It’s Danny versus Liu-Shi’s most deadly master…THE WOLF!

Review: In the concluding part of ‘The Trial Of The Seven Masters’. Danny is put against The Wolf and still has to prove his innocence over the murder of Hark.

The final battle is brutal and the fight is interspersed with The Wolf telling Danny his story, which saw him as one of the original islanders of Kun-Lun. We learn how The Wolf resented the fact that the Masters of Kun Lun chose two outsiders to go forth and compete for the title of Iron Fist.

Danny despite being battered and bruised beyond all recognition continues his fight even though he is given an out by the leadership of the island.

As this story goes. It has been your typical Kung Fu plot with a murder thrown in the mix. It has mostly been about Danny’s personal journey to find some belief in himself and figure out who he is as the Iron Fist.

Ed Bisson does a pretty good job by giving us some engaging characters, but ultimately the story as a whole felt like a bit of a let down in that it felt a little predictable.

The art work by Mike Perkins has been consistently good throughout all issues. His line work during the various fights has been top notch. And those fights have all been pretty brutal with plenty of fast and frantic moves.

The colours throughout have been gorgeous.

There seemed to be a slightly different colour palette for each and every fight that happened on the island, which pretty much gave slightly different vibe to each of the fights and fighters, which was pretty cool.

This was a pretty solid Iron Fist story, but didn’t really live up to the high standards set by Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction in their ‘Immortal Iron Fist’ run from 2008.

Iron Fist (2017-) #5
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