Though he’s already co-headlining an ongoing comic with his best friend Luke Cage, with Danny Rand’s arrival in the Marvel Cinematic Universe by way of Netflix imminent, it makes sense that the defender of K’un Lun (you know – before it was destroyed in his previous series) would receive a new solo comic book series as well.
Announced today, “Iron Fist” will debut in March 2017 from the creative team of writer Ed Brisson and artist Mike Perkins, and will feature covers by Jeff Dekal. The new series will pick up where the character’s previous solo series, Kaare Andrews’ “Iron Fist: The Living Weapon,” left off, with Danny stumbling upon a civilization of people who somehow seem to be well-versed in the Iron Fist lineage.
“K’un-Lun is the source of his powers and now that the city lays in ruins, Danny’s connection is severed,” Brisson told The Hollywood Reporter. “This affects his ability to actually be Iron Fist. His whole identity seems to be slipping away from him and he doesn’t know how to hold onto it… He’s questioning who he is and he’s pushing himself. He’s a person filled with self-doubt, but he’s always going to have his sense of humor about him — even if he’s using it to cover his own pain.”
The new series will also dig further into Danny’s past, looking to Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction and David Aja’s acclaimed series, “Immortal Iron Fist,” for story inspiration.
“What I really wanted to do was to go in and expand upon the established mythology. There’s a lot covered — or rather uncovered — in the Brubaker/Fraction/Aja run, and Kaare’s run, that provided opportunities to build upon,” Brisson says. “K’un-Lun has always had issues with infighting and corruption and everything that happens in this arc is because of that. There are threads from both series that will be followed up on. So, while there’s a newness to everything that Danny is now up against, it also feels inevitable.
“Iron Fist is one of my favorite characters and the last two series have been incredible… There’s such a legacy behind the character and I want to be sure that I do that proud.”
Marvel Comics’ “Iron Fist” #1 arrives in March from Ed Brisson, Mike Perkins and Jeff Dekal. Marvel Television and Netflix’s “Iron Fist,” starring Finn Jones as Danny Rand, arrives some time in 2017.
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