Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Andrea Sorrentino
Colors by Justin Ponsor and Erick Arciniega
Letters by Cory Petit
The first Iron Fist takes center stage and tells her story in this new issue that takes readers back to a million years in the past.
Fan Fei is being punished for teaching cavemen to defend themselves against the monsters and beasts that have driven them into caves. She and the cavemen are being fed to Shou-Lao and Fan is not going to go down without a fight. When she emerges, she is banished from the city and sent to wander the savage world.
Using her skills and the power of the Iron Fist to protect herself and others, Fan Fei begins to build a reputation in the savage world. A reputation that brings her to the attention of Mephisto. With the new hero standing in the way of the demon’s plans on Earth, Mephisto takes the leader of the Gorgilla Clan and offers him a new kind of power. One that is very familiar to readers.
I was hyped for this story because of my desire to learn about the first Iron Fist. What Jason Aaron delivered was a well done and thoughtful side story that captured what is interesting about the character. The dialogue in the issue is sparse and that makes it more effective. This issue is about Fan Fei and her interactions with Mephisto are delightfully dismissive. His addition adds an interesting and fun new element to the story and makes me interested in seeing what part he has to play in the events that shape Odin’s Avengers.
Andrea Sorrentino’s art is beautifully detailed and there are some amazing panels that are sequenced perfectly including Fan Fei’s battle against Shou-Lao.