Iron Fist 1

Today, Patrick and Taylor are discussing Iron Fist 1, originally released March 22, 2017. As always, this article contains SPOILERS.

“Chose a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”


Patrick: I’ve always been fascinated by this idea that one can recognize their own state of perfect happiness and fulfillment when they encounter it. How can you follow this ancient wisdom, and chose a job you love, if you can’t identify “a job you love”? After all, we engage in all kinds of activities in our day-to-day lives that may bring fleeting happinesses or that may dull the pain of the mundane world, but that’s a far cry from something we love. Iron Fist 1 opens on a Danny Rand who is very much mistaking one for the other, trying to find oneness in fights with petty criminals. That should fit the bill, right? Nah — Danny doesn’t love fighting, he loves the fight. Continue reading

Iron Fist: the Living Weapon 2

Today, Taylor and Drew are discussing Iron Fist: the Living Weapon 2, originally released May 7th, 2014.

Taylor: What is it that makes ninjas so dang appealing? There’s something about the stealthy assassins that has captured the imagination of both America and Japan. Is it their black garb, the shuriken, or the ability to penetrate the most secure locations? We know that in reality ninjas weren’t exactly all that sexy, but we can’t help but romanticize that which has a touch of the foreign and a taste of the myth. From kung fu movies to the Dragonball Z, the idea of the ninja has become such cultural touchstone that few blink when one makes its appearance on the page or screen. Sadly, that also means their overused. Not all ninja stories are good and despite the allure of the shinobi, I find even myself weary of many ninja-themed narratives. Fortunately, Iron Fist is not one of the narratives. In a brilliant and beautiful second issue we are treated to a story that reminds us all just why we fell in love with ninjas in the first place.

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