Iron Fist vs Shang-Chi, who ya got?

In the latest issue of Iron Fist it’s Danny Rand versus Shang-Chi. Who ya got?!

So what’s it about?

The official summary reads:

THE LIVING WEAPON…UNDER ANOTHER’S CONTROL?! IRON FIST’S action-packed team-up with MASTER OF KUNG FU, SHANG-CHI, continues! He’s gonna need all the help he can get to fight a CANADIAN MURDER CULT called the Lineage, and the villainous man who controls it! Will Danny survive long enough to learn who sent the Lineage after him?

Why does this matter?

There probably isn’t a more fitting comic to be an all out fight and not much more. Luckily, writer Ed Brisson has made this series compelling on a few different fronts, especially its mystical angle. The villain has revealed himself and now it’s time to send him packing in this action packed issue.

Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?

Doesn’t look good for him.

Enough can’t be said about how well Mike Perkins uses light and shadow. Along with color artist Andy Troy, Perkins has a way of capturing difficult angles that are dynamic and impactful, even when it’s just Iron Fist simply leaning over with a slight smirk on his face. There’s a level of detail in Iron Fist’s face through the mask that’s quite spectacular. The heavy use of shadow in this issue reminds one of an issue of Batman, only Iron Fist has a flaming, glowing weapon at the end of his arm and a slightly chipper attitude. As Iron Fist and Shang-Chi duke it out readers get to see some cool fight moves–complete with captions revealing their names–and a buildup to some epic pages, two of which are show stoppers. Drawing Iron Fist and Shang-Chi fighting is one thing, but laying out 35 or so panels behind them in a double page spread as they fight in slight shadow is something else. It’s a gorgeous display of fighting and it packs a lot into two pages.

I continue to enjoy how Brisson writes Iron Fist and how his personality sprouts, no matter the stakes or punches he takes. He talks a lot–and some might argue Marvel doesn’t need any more yapping heroes–but he’s not necessarily cracking jokes. Iron Fist stays positive no matter the odds and I wager it’s his Chi that keeps him calm. Combined with his excellent fighting Iron Fist is easily likeable, but a hero’s hero too.

Love the detail in the face and mask.

It can’t be perfect can it?

The resolution leaves a bit to be desired. Let’s just say it’s so simplistic and unimpressive of a defeat you’ll be wondering what all the hubbub was about in the first place. I suppose if you drop a truck on somebody you would expect the same, but I was hoping for a bit more than this.

Is It Good?

Iron Fist #7 is an exciting, action packed issue that carves up the action like no other comic on the stands.

Iron Fist #7
Is it good?
Excellent action in a fight comic worth reading.
Excellent fight comic with great art and fantastic use of light and shadow
Ed Brisson writes an entertaining Danny Rand
The victory leaves something to be desired