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Wrap it Up – Namor Brings Iron Fist Back to Life Through Magic and Skrulls

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This feature is a lot like my Provide Some Answers feature, which is about long-running comic book plots finally being resolved. This, though, is a more specific comic book occurrence where the plotlines of a canceled comic book are wrapped up in the pages of another comic book series. This would happen most frequently in Marvel Comics, but other companies did it, as well.

Today, in a story I addressed in the past with Abandoned an’ Forsaked, we look at how Namor brought Iron Fist back to life after his seeming murder at the end of the Power Man and Iron Fist series…

Christopher Priest took over Power Man and Iron Fist with #111, where he introduced an interesting new character known as Captain Hero, who was actually a young boy…



Even more surprising is the revelation that the young boy has only a few months to live…


A few issues later, Iron Fist was exposed to some serious levels of radiation and began suffering from a deadly case of radiation poisoning. He and Power Man headed to K’un-Lun to see if they could cure Iron Fist mystically in a storyline in #118-120 that also involves longtime Iron Fist enemy Master Khan.


They manage to do so, but only by unlocking a dark force within Iron Fist…


In the end, they save Danny’s soul and he is seemingly cured…


However, the red suit still comes out when Danny gets angry. That is the status quo for the next few issues, which takes us to Power Man and Iron Fist #125, where Bobby takes a turn for the worse…


Eventually Bobby is seemingly healed through the use of the Nega Bands (after Iron Fist used his mystical healing energies to keep Bobby alive until the Nega Bands solution was discovered)…


But later that night, Luke Cage leaves…


And while Luke is absent, Bobby wakes up in tremendous pain and is near death. He is so distraught that he ends up accidentally killing Iron Fist…





So that was the end of the series. Power Man on the run and Iron Fist dead.

Meanwhile, Priest had introduced a new supporting character – a cop named Tyrone King. You saw him above. He was a mysterious guy.

At the end of the issue, he is blown up, but…


Ooooh…mysterious!

So this was the status quo for a surprisingly long time, over FOUR years! A number of writers WANTED to resolve it, but it just never actually happened.

So read on to see how John Byrne, in the pages of his Namor the Sub-Mariner series, finally DID wrap it up!

Here, in Namor #8, Iron Fist seemingly returns!



After a bunch of issues, it is revealed that “Danny” is really the Super Skrull!!



Misty Knight believes Danny must still be alive somehow…


And a couple of issues later, Tyrone King shows her she is correct…


Then in Namor #24, we see the whole deal revealed. It is actually pretty damn crazy. EVERYTHING was a plot by Master Khan!!





Khan was working with the plant people, but he later reveals he betrayed them…



(Eventually Namor re-discovers himself and kills Khan)

So…yeah, the last 10 issues or so of Power Man and Iron Fist starred THREE people who weren’t who they said they were! Captain Hero, Tyrone King AND Iron Fist!

Well, at least Iron Fist was back now! By the way, he was still dying of the radiation poisoning (since the fake Iron Fist replaced him before #118) but he cured himself while being held in stasis by the plant people.

That’s it for this installmment! Feel free to send in suggestions for later “Wrap it Up” ideas to bcronin@comicbookresources.com