Archive for the ‘Orson Randall’ Category

The Immortal Iron Fist: Orson Randall & the Green Mist of Death #1 of 1

November 29, 2010

Matt Fraction // Nick Dragotta, Russ Heath, Lewis LaRosa, & Mitch Breitweiser
April 2008
***

With the monthly IF delayed, Fraction fills in with this Orson Randall backstory one-shot. He & a round-robin of artists pay homage to various styles of pop narrative (incl. mid-century horror & cowgirl sexploitation), making for an awfully episodic tale. While Green Mist clarifies the motivations of Prince of Orphans (currently a mystical enigma in the parent mag), it’s finally superfluous.

continued from The Immortal Iron Fist #12
continued in The Immortal Iron Fist #13

The Immortal Iron Fist Annual #1

November 24, 2010

Ed Brubaker & Matt Fraction // Howard Chaykin, Dan Brereton, & Jelena Djurdjevic
November 2007
***

Fist is hot enough & good enough to merit its first annual in its 3+ decades. The tale feels more Brubaker than Fraction, & a little self-indulgent: a set of two-fisted flashbacks to the pulpy career of the Jazz Age Iron Fist. These include a fight set on a dirigible above Harlem, malefic Asians & a team of sidekicks (a la Doc Savage). The square-jawed heroism gets a boost from Chaykin’s brawny style.

continued from The Immortal Iron Fist #9
continued in The Immortal Iron Fist #10

also indexed for Nov. ’07
The Immortal Iron Fist #9

The Immortal Iron Fist #6

November 19, 2010

Ed Brubaker & Matt Fraction // David Aja & Russ Heath
July 2007
****
Tho’ the gunplay drowns out the kung fu, this battle in a skyscraper is a kick. And in all the ways that count, the Heroes for Hire lose: Orson Randall, the last Iron Fist, sacrifices himself (a la Ben Kenobi) & Danny’s lawyer is kidnapped! Next up: an old-fashioned martial arts tournament.

last issue: The Immortal Iron Fist #5]
[next issue: The Immortal Iron Fist #7]

also indexed for Jul. ’07

The Immortal Iron Fist #5

November 18, 2010

Ed Brubaker & Matt Fraction // David Aja & Travel Foreman
June 2007
*****

WW1 vet Randall refused to fight in a tourney of 7 Immortal Weapons, earning the emnity of a crane goddess. Now he gives Danny the kung fu diary, a legacy of the Fist. This expansion of the IF mythos into pulp history is better than Brubaker’s revival of Bucky! Is Fraction’s contribution the humor?

last issue: The Immortal Iron Fist #4
next issue: The Immortal Iron Fist #6

The Immortal Iron Fist #4

November 17, 2010

Ed Brubaker & Matt Fraction // David Aja, Sal Buscema, & Travel Foreman
April 2007
*****

This mag links ’00s Marvel to its ’10s future. As Danny Rand grew out of ’70s kung fu, so Orson Randall is a riff on ’20s pulp: born, like Tarzan, in a faraway land. His plutocrat father built a secret ‘hydraulic subway’ beneath NYC! He mentors Rand in new techniques like channelling chi thru his pistols.

last issue: The Immortal Iron Fist #3
next issue: The Immortal Iron Fist #5

also indexed for Apr. ’07

The Immortal Iron Fist #3

November 16, 2010

Ed Brubaker & Matt Fraction // David Aja, Travel Foreman & Russ Heath
February 2007
****

For stretches, Aja’s art is a variation on Maleev’s Daredevil, esp. the backgrounds. Then BAM! he’ll lay out a beautiful page. I dig the toon-eyes on IM’s mask! Great momentum too, as HYDRA undermines Rand Corp & hunts a 1920s Fist, led by IF nemesis Davos (AKA Steel Serpent) & mystical crane women.

last issue:  The Immortal Iron Fist #2
next issue: The Immortal Iron Fist #4

also indexed for Feb. ’07
Astonishing X-Men #20
Nextwave, Agents of HATE #11

The Immortal Iron Fist #2

November 15, 2010

Ed Brubaker & Matt Fraction // David Aja, Travel Foreman, & John Severin
December 2006
****

Secondary artists help Frac & Bru elaborate on a history of the Iron Fist—c.f. a girl in 16C China who keeps pirates at bay! And the US doughboy (rough pencils of trenches by ’60s bullpen vet Severin) is still alive—immortal! His presence in NYC blocks the flow of IF chi, to Danny’s consternation.

last issue: The Immortal Iron Fist #1
next issue: The Immortal Iron Fist #3

also indexed for Dec. ’06
Astonishing X-Men #18
Civil War #6 of 7
Nextwave, Agents of HATE #9

The Immortal Iron Fist #1

November 14, 2010

Ed Brubaker & Matt Fraction // David Aja & Travel Foreman
November 2008
*****

Kung fu hero gets an ’00s revival after his recent Daredevil cameos. Fist always had pulpy roots—his origin is a riff on ’70s Batman—but this debut ish elaborates on the concept by chronicling the legacy of Iron Fists. Also, a 21st century Chinese corp is a front for HYDRA, a modern Yellow Peril.

next issue: The Immortal Iron Fist #2

also indexed for Nov. ’08
Astonishing X-Men #17
Civil War #5 of 7
Nextwave, Agents of HATE #8