Avengers #13 Comic Review
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Andrea Sorrentino
Colorist: Justin Posnor & Erick Arciniega
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: Steve Epting
Variant Covers: Mike McKone & Jesus Aburtov, Patch Zircher & Jason Keith
The Girl Who Punched The Dragon
“The Prehistoric Iron Fist”
What You Need to Know
Jason Aaron returns to the time of his creation, the Prehistoric Avengers to tell a tale of another one its members. This issue, the spotlight is put on the prehistoric Iron Fist. How did she gain the power of the Iron Fist, and how did she meet the other heroes of that time?
What Just Happened
The issue begins 1,000,000 years ago in K’un Lun. Fan Fei is in custody and about to be on trial for teaching cavemen on Earth Kung Fu to defend themselves from the dangers of prehistoric times. The Thunderer of that time period sentences Fan Fei and her students to death by dragon, Shou-Lao to be specific. Angered by seeing her students torn apart, Fan Fei decides to face the dragon alone. Fan Fei channels her rage and kills the dragon. Fan Fei is shocked by the fact that she did not die and was changed by killing the beast. Fan Fei is dubbed the Iron Fist for killing Shou-Lao and is banished from K’un Lun for her actions. Fan Fei was 15 years old.
On Earth, Fan Fei continues to protect the primitive humans of that era from all the threats that time presented. Fan Fei frequently faces off with the Gorgilla Clan, a tribe of Man Apes who destroy everything in their paths. During her travels, Mephisto, who tempts her into using her power to rule the primitive humans instead of protecting them, approaches Fan Fei. Fan Fei refuses and Mephisto turns his attention into giving the Gorgilla Clan the ability to cause more chaos in the world. Mephisto shows the clan how to use fire and they create a huge forest fire. Fan Fei intervenes and is attacked by the Ape King of the clan. Fan Fei dispatches the Ape King easily and leads the cavemen in the area to safety.
Mephisto next leads the Ape King to the Power Stone as a way to create more chaos. The Ape King attacks Fan Fei with with the Power Stone and not even the Iron Fist can shatter the Infinity Stone. Fan Fei takes a beating from the Ape King.
The issue flashes forward to Fan Fei meeting with the Thunderer outside of K’un Lun. The Thunderer informs Fan Fei that she revealed the true nature of Shou-Lao and the power the dragon grants. The Thunderer offers Fan Fei an end to her exile if she agrees to become the protector of K’un Lun. Fan Fei refuses and continues to be the protector of Earth where she meets the rest of the Prehistoric Avengers.
I appreciate these interludes Jason Aaron has been doing to focus on the Prehistoric Avengers. I understand how some might not like how this may take away from the main storyline of this book, but this issue was just as fun as the Prehistoric Ghost Rider issue. To put it bluntly, the Prehistoric Iron Fist, Fan Fei is a badass. Being only 15 years old, she defeats K’un Lun, survives on her own in prehistoric times, and fights giant apes on a daily basis. Fan Fei even has to deal with Mephisto gifting giant apes an Infinity Stone and she does not break a sweat. My highlight of the issue is Fan Fei taking a page out of our greatest American hero, The Rock, by asking Mephisto his name and chopping it off before he can answer. Classic.
Jason Aaron crafts a great issue and makes the Prehistoric Iron Fist a character I hope to somehow see in the future. Fan Fei’s confidence never wavers in the face of a dragon, a clan of apes, or the devil himself. I also appreciate Mephisto being the connective issue of these prehistoric flashback issues. Plus we get to see a giant ape armed with an infinity stone! My only criticism of this issue is that it ended so abruptly. Did the Ape King defeat Fan Fei? How did she make it back to K’un Lun? Andrea Sorrentino’s art is great and captures every bone crunching punch and kick. Fan Fei takes as much punishment as she gives and it’s illustrated in all its bloody glory. Justin Ponsor and Erick Arciniega compliment Sorrentino’s art with vivid colors that illustrate the blood being spilled and teeth being knocked out. The team on colors also shows how the Power Stone lives up to its name when used in action. Aaron may be building Mephisto as the big bad the Prehistoric Avengers assemble against. I wonder if we will eventually see the modern day Iron Fist join the Avengers in the near future.