Aligning with the release of Iron Fist on Netflix, Marvel will be publishing a brand new Iron Fist comic with writer Ed Brisson and artist Mike Perkins. In the first interview for the series, Brisson says his penchant for sadism will likely follow him through the new series.
Danny Rand is Iron Fist. As a young boy, his parents were killed and he was orphaned in the mysterious Asian country of K’un Lun, a monastic martial arts civilization, where he quickly became the best martial arts student there.
The new series is expected to take place some time after the 2015 series Iron Fist: The Living Weapon where K’un Lun is destroyed. Without a link to his home, and the destruction of the city weighing heavily on Rand’s mind, Iron Fist goes on a journey around the world to find some answers about his identity and his powers.
With the new story beginning on such a dour note, Brisson’s reputation for putting his heroes on trial proceeds him. “It wouldn’t be the first time that I’ve been accused of being a sadist to my characters[,]” Brisson tells Hollywood Reporter. “I tend to have a habit of putting them through the wringer. As for where Kun-Lun is and how that affects Danny … K’un-Lun is the source of his powers and now that the city lays in ruins, Danny’s connection is severed.”
Prior takes on the character have similarly delved into Rand with an introspective lens. Kaare Andrews, Matt Fraction, and David Aja in particular have taken the character in some pretty interesting directions. It will be curious to see how Brisson tells an Iron Fist story, that will also compete with Netflix’s own original take on the character.
Iron Fist #1 releases in comic book retailers in March 2017.