Doctor Strange: Damnation Tie-In
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: K’un-Lun is saved! After a hard-fought battle involving dragons, rats and plenty of Kung-Fu, Iron Fist has defeated Choshin’s dastardly scheme and saved K’un-Lun from a very hostile takeover. The city is left in the capable hands of The Sparrow as Danny and Creed take their leave and return home. What crazy adventure is our master of Kung-Fu in for this time? Keep reading to find out!
Today’s Bare-Knuckle Brawl of an Issue: The last we saw of our hero he was taking on the devilish Mephisto (*See Doctor Strange: Damnation #3). Iron Fist certainly isn’t in Vegas anymore as he wakes up in snow drift. Things go from bad to worse as Danny is forced to relive his greatest failures one by one. Thankfully a forceful slap from the kung-fu champion, Fat Cobra wakes Danny from his nightmarish stupor. The situation isn’t any better though as Las Vegas is still burning in hellfire and over-run by demons. As it turns out, Danny is slated to fight for his life at the Hotel Inferno. Too bad no one told Danny! Our dynamic duo rush off to the hotel to investigate what the heck is going on. Come back next issue as things get ready to rumble!
Personal Thoughts and Opinions: The bane of any steady comic book reader, the random tie-in issue. After ending on a thrilling high note last issue, this one takes a rather hard nose-dive into the snow. This issue felt very clunky in terms of story. Having not read the current Damnation story over in Doctor Strange’s book, I had almost no clue as to what was going on. Sadly the issue didn’t provide much more in terms of an explanation. The artwork is fine, but it’s slightly more cartoonish then the last issue. It went from a Kung-Fu movie to watching an episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Normally this isn’t much of an issue but in comparison to before it’s a big step down. On it’s own merits the story is alright. We get an interesting look into Danny’s psyche and how he views the death of his loved ones, as well as some good action later on in the issue. But being dropped randomly into an ongoing story without explanation is not good. It can be forgiven if it’s the middle of an arc, but I shouldn’t have to go and read a Doctor Strange book to understand what’s happening in this story. Hopefully these tie-in issues don’t continue past another one or two books.