Iron Fist #5 Review

The Trial of the Seven Masters – Conclusion

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Danny Rand has survived long enough to reach the final master, but will his final test be a fair fight? 

Writer: Ed Brisson

Artist: Mike Perkins

Colourist: Andy Troy

If I were to pick one word to describe this opening arc it would be ‘refreshing.’ That word goes for the series too.

Ed Brisson has taken a fan favourite character and given him the most obvious story imaginable and it’s amazing. The 70s kung fu movies are such a perfect fit for Iron Fist. It’s almost disappointing that it’s been so long since the last good Iron Fist series.

This issue takes everything the arc has been developing so far and concludes it with action to rival the opening issue. There is some exposition and dialogue which helps round everything out. As usual Brisson has blended the action and dialogue together to make an enjoyable read.

Some plot reveals here are good because they’re new to the Iron Fist lore, to my knowledge, but they’re also small scale enough that it doesn’t feel like a significant retcon.

Mike Perkin’s art compliments Brisson’s script so well. The grittiness is emphasised with each fight looking dirty. I’m a fan of the ludicrous panel numbers on some pages. 15 panels are the best way to highlight the speed of a fight in the comic book form.

This art is additionally complimented by Andy Troy’s colouring. The mix of black with the orange and teal makes this issue stand out as opposed to the others so far. It feels like a climax, even if it manages to set up a new series with its conclusion.

Recommendation: pick up the issue.

Author: Alex

I review comics and books. I also take issue with a lot of things.

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