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Iron Fist: The Seven Capital Cities of Heaven (Marvel Comics, 2006; Iron Fist #8-14, Annual #1)

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  • Danny prepares to compete against other mystical cities’ Iron Fist-style champions in a centennial, celestial fight club.
  • And he works to stop a terrestrial madman attempting to destroy K’un-Lun.
  • And he helps his former master, The Thunderer, plot a coup against his adoptive brother, the corrupt Yu-Ti of K’un-Lun.
  • Huh, he's a busy guy.  He must be pretty clever and competent in order to actually pull all this off.  Good thing he's not an imbecile; that would make this pretty hard.
  • Plus, in flashback-land, Danny’s father trains alongside the Thunderer’s son as each vies to be the next Iron Fist.
  • There's a lot of stuff going on! But it’s pretty much the perfect intersection of Brubaker’s character-building talents, Fraction’s humor, and their shared abilities to craft characters’ voices.
  • That complexity is also the reason for the gigantic art team:  different periods in time have their own artists to keep everything clean, clear, and comprehensible.

This is excellent Iron Fist.  If you like Iron Fist but haven’t read this, please read this.  Start with Brubaker, Fraction, and Aja’s first volume.

Collected in

  • The Immortal Iron Fist, Vol. 1: The Last Iron Fist Story (#8-14, Annual #1)
  • The Immortal Iron Fist: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1 (#1-16, Annual #1,  Immortal Iron Fist: Orson Randall and the Green Mist of Death #1; Immortal Iron Fist: The Origin of Danny Rand #1; material from Civil War: Choosing Sides #1)


Writers: Matt Fraction & Ed Brubaker | Artists: David Aja (8-13) with Roy Allan Martinez (8-9), Scott Koblish (9), Kano (10-13), Javier Pulido (12), Tonci Zonjic (13); Tonci Zonjic (14) with Clay Man (14), Kano (14), Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic (14); Howard Chayken (Annual 1), Dan Brereton (Annual 1), Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic (Annual 1) | Inker: Stefano Gaudiano (14) | Colorists: Matt Hollingsworth (8-14) with June Chung (8-9), David Aja (10), Kano (10), Javier Rodriguez (11-14), Paul Mounts (14); Edgar Delgado (Annual 1), Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic (Annual 1) | Letterer: Artmonkeys Studios | Covers: David Aja, Dan Brereton, Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic, Travel Foreman, Kaare Andrews | Assistant Editor: Alejandro Arbona | Editor: Warren Simons

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