Sabretooth Round 2 Part 3 (Iron Fist #75 Comic Review)

Iron Fist #75

Written by Ed Brisson

Art by Mike Perkins

Previously on Iron Fist: Danny Rand has returned home after a grueling tournament against the masters of Liu-Shi, an island of K’un-Lun deserters. While there, Danny learned that one of the masters, Choshin, conspired to use him as a means to return to K’un-Lun and take over in its time of weakness. After revealing this plot to the other masters, Danny returned home with a new goal, returning to K’un-Lun to find his purpose, while Choshin was imprisoned for his treachery (but not for long).

Upon arriving home Danny finds that his only means of returning to K’un-Lun quickly—the book of the Iron Fist—has been stolen. Danny enlists the help of his former enemy, Sabretooth, to help him track down the culprit. Sabretooth reluctantly agrees and reveals that the culprit was a mysterious new Constrictor!  It turns out that Constrictor planned to sell the book to none other than a recently-escaped Choshin. After Constrictor changes the deal on Choshin and leaves, Choshin, his men, and our dynamic duo converge on Constrictor’s location.

Will our heroes retrieve the Book of the Iron Fist in time? Or will Choshin complete his plan for K’un-Lun domination?! Keep reading to find out!

Today’s pulse-pounding issue: Danny and Creed arrive at the Constrictor’s hideout right as Choshin and his men burst through the door. Chaos ensues as the Constrictor makes a run for it while a fight breaks out among Constrictor’s newly formed Serpent Society, Choshin’s men, and our heroes. The fate of Constrictor is left up in the air as Choshin secures the book and makes a break for it. Our heroes give chase after providing aid to Constrictor and arrive in time for Choshin to open a portal to K’un-Lun. The book ends with Danny, Creed and Choshin’s forces arriving at the gates of K’un-Lun.

Will Choshin succeed in taking over K’un-Lun? Or will our unlikely duo  thwart his plans before it is too late? Come back next issue for these answers and more!

Personal Thoughts: Ed Brisson continues to write a compelling and interesting martial arts tale. While this issue mainly serves as a bridge between the introduction of Choshin’s plot and the end-goal of the fight at K’un-Lun, the continued dynamic between Danny and Creed is compelling to read. Creed is a much more brutal hero usually, but Ed shows a softer side to him with his compassion towards the Constrictor. Creed has clearly moved from the pure brute he used to be and to a more well-rounded hero. Mike Perkin’s art is still very well done. The most important thing to nail down in an Iron Fist book is the action, and Mike does it very well. The fight choreography is intense and the characters’ faces are all detailed well enough to really read their emotions.

If I had any negatives it would be that the character motivations are still a little unclear; Danny wants to return to K’un-Lun, but besides just wanting to help fix the place and regain his chi, there’s not much reason for him to return. For Creed, we learn a bit more about his relationship with Constrictor, but while it is fun to have him team-up with Danny, there’s not much point in him being in the book. Choshin is a pretty run-of-the-mill villain. He wants to take over K’un-Lun and rebuild it how he sees fit. Not exactly a deep or interesting goal, but perhaps more will be built up later.

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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
While this issue does have some fun fight sequences and builds more on the buddy cop idea between Creed and Danny, it is purely a bridge issue to reach the big end-goal of the fight for K'un-Lun. A necessary issue to follow along with the plot but doesn't stand out much on it's own. 
7.3
Good
Story - 6.5
Art - 8
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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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