We may not have time to review every book on our pull-lists but we do aim to provide a snapshot of what's been released over the past week, encompassing the good, the bad, and those that lie somewhere in between.
Writer: Ed Brisson
Art: Mike Perkins & Andy Troy
Jo S: I was pleased to note on picking this one up that the start point is totally different from the half-episode of the new Iron Fist TV series I've got around to watching. We begin our tale at a point in Danny Rand’s life where his connection to his powers has been severed. His fighting skills are undiminished though and we follow his attempts, through brawling and illegal fight clubs, to find a worthy challenge for his skills. Rand is frustrated; he seems half a person, drinking to blank out the dissatisfaction which seems to be overwhelming him. These initial fight scenes are bluntly drawn; muscle and grime, sweat and blood spatter. Rand is like a zoo animal; I was reminded of Sherlock Holmes, constantly seeking a mental challenge and desperate to find an opponent worthy of his skills, blotting out the dullness of everyday people with opiates. Then, just as it looks as if he will numb himself entirely, suddenly the tone changes (in fact, the colour literally changes: the first half of the book is in blues and greens; turn a page and suddenly the mood is red and orange, as if a fire has suddenly relit). A real challenger presents himself, a master of kung fu (is that a Bruce Lee beckon? Nice touch if so) and makes an offer Rand can finally feel inspired by. It's an interesting touch to label the kung fu moves executed in the significant fight, serving to accent the difference between the initial low-skilled brawling and Choshin’s more educated style of fighting. Brisson promises "a good old-fashioned kung fu story" - I look forward to that. 7/10