In retrospect, it’s completely baffling that it took nearly a decade of Marvel Cinematic Universe stories for an action scene to be choreographed to the Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘Bring Da Ruckus.’ It’s not even the specifics of the 36 Chambers, so much as the sudden realization that hip-hop has had zero part in the MCU to date. [Read more…]
With Luke Cage’s very own Netflix series dropping today, the third hero (fourth season) in Marvel’s Netflix Defenders, it’s never been a better time to start exploring Luke Cage comics.
Iron Fist is a fascinating Marvel Comics character, born during the height of 70’s Kung Fu obsession, smoothly transitioning into the best partnership in Marvel with Luke Cage, and punching his way back into relevance with a delightfully supernatural reinvention of Kung Fu for the 2000’s.
Due to his “fringe” status, and later creation (compared to the major Marvel heroes of the 1960’s) reading through Iron Fist appearances is reasonably palatable endeavor. Most fans today will point you straight to Immortal Iron Fist (and with good reason), but that approach will miss out on Chris Claremont and John Byrne comics (the creative team responsible for the X-Men’s Dark Phoenix saga, among other greats), as well as a perpetually underappreciated Heroes for Hire run during the 80’s. [Read more…]
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The latest issue of the recently re-branded Captain America and the Mighty Avengers is one part epilogue and two parts subplot set-up. It’s like one of those classic X-Men “down” issues, except with a severe lack of backyard softball. For a title re-launched during the “good is bad” shenanigans of Marvel’s fall event, Avengers & X-Men: Axis, this issue tackles the theme of public persona damage control in a pretty straightforward fashion. However, for all its addressing, punctuation is at a minimum as the pages just loll by as a largely uninspired twenty-page segue. [Read more…]
In today’s Marvel Review, Comic Book Herald takes a look at a few pressing issues. Just how immortal is the Immortal Iron Fist? How did the character of Danny Rand make it out of the 70’s Kung Fu craze in tact? Just how stunning are Kim Kardashian’s curves? And most importantly: What makes for truly timeless art? [Read more…]