Cage Match from Hell (Iron Fist #79 Comic Review)

Damnation Tie-in Part 2

Story by: Ed Brisson

Art by: Damian Couceiro

He is Danny Rand, protector of the innocent and defender of K’un-Lun. With his incredible fighting prowess and chi-fueled skills, none can harm that which the Immortal Iron Fist protects!

Previously on Iron Fist: Our hero went through quite the ordeal living out his greatest failures, all thanks to an errant penance stare. Thankfully his former competitor Fat Cobra was in town and managed to snap Danny out of his predicament. Unfortunately, Las Vegas is still burning and over-ridden with demons. Danny and Cobra make their way over to the Hotel Inferno to investigate a poster promoting a fight to the death; featuring none other then the Immortal Iron Fist. But a shocker is in store. It’s not Danny that’s slated to fight, but his old ally Orson Randall! How is Orson alive and what’s the meaning of this crazy death match? Keep reading to find out!

Today’s Soul-Burning Issue: Orson is back from the dead! It looks like that fiendish Mephisto is always ready to strike a deal, and Orson has taken one. If Orson can win 24 fights in 24 hours, he will regain his soul and be freed from his imprisonment in hell. Even for an Iron Fist this is no easy challenge, and Danny knows it. Sadly there seems to be no other option for Orson. If he wants freedom, he’s gonna have to fight for it. Looks like there’s nothing for our hero to do but sit and watch for an opportunity to present itself. The demonic organizer D’Kay has a few tricks up his sleeve though, as Orson’s next opponent is more familiar to Danny then he would probably like. Who will win this bare-fist brawl? Come back next time to find out!

Personal Thoughts and Opinions: Well this issue was certainly an improvement over the last one. Now that our feet are on the ground in terms of plot, I actually found myself enjoying this story a fair bit. The premise of the issue is fairly simple, but it’s good to have Orson back in the book. The turmoil he’s going through trying to avoid going back to Hell is an interesting motivator for the story, plus as is the norm, the action remains very brutal and entertaining. With the change in artwork starting last issue, the action scenes lose a bit of their luster due to the more cartoonish style but it’s certainly not repulsive to look at. Fat Cobra provides some fun comedic relief amidst a rather dark plot and it’s neat to see Danny take a back seat in the story for once. I’m certainly curious as to how these tie-ins will end.

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Jared Wood

Jared Wood

I'm just 23 year old nerd who loves Star Wars a bit too much and thinks Spider-Man 2099 deserves more recognition.
Summary
This issue certainly isn't a ground-breaking read but it is an improvement over last issue. We've gotten into the midst of the action now and action is where Iron Fist always does it's best. The book ends on a good twist (which I won't spoil) and I'm moderately excited for what comes next.
Good
  • Interesting Conflict
  • Twist ending
Bad
  • Bland Villain
7
Good
Story - 7
Art - 7
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I'm just 23 year old nerd who loves Star Wars a bit too much and thinks Spider-Man 2099 deserves more recognition.

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