The Trial of the Seven Masters continues as Iron Fist travels further into the island of Liu-Shi but will he survive with the odds being increasingly stacked against him?
Writer: Ed Brisson
Artist: Mike Perkins
Colourist: Andy Troy
The fighting tournament Iron Fist finds himself is looking to be more than originally thought. Iron Fist even makes a joke out of this within this issue when he point out the dangers of following a stranger from a bar to an unknown island.
Despite what could have been a fairly linear and predictable story, Brisson is showing that he can do more with what he’s given. The tournament is a staple narrative structure in old martial arts movies. This issue marks the moment Brisson broke off from the structure to do his own thing. There is more than meets the eye in almost every aspect of Liu-Shi.
What I’m trying to say is that the story is picking up and becoming more in depth than originally thought. Things are beginning to relate back to K’un-Lun and in turn the Iron Fist, Danny Rand. What began as a fighting tournament is morphing into a soul discovering mission for Rand.
That’s not to suggest the story is slowing in any way. This issue delivers more than one intense action sequence. I really like the way Brisson couples Rand’s interior monologue with the names of fighting techniques, it does a good job of highlighting Rand’s mastery of the martial arts but also his current mindset.
Artwork is fantastic as always. Everything in this island is dirty yet the fighting is so graceful (for the most part). Colours by Troy stick to Iron Fist’s colour palette. This is subtle work as even Iron Fist rarely wears his costume these days.
Overall a fun issue, if you’re looking for something that doesn’t abide by the constant events of Marvel then check this out.
Recommendation: pick up the issue.