Iron Fist #1

Writer: Alyssa Wong Artist: Michael Yg Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 16, 2022 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 39
7.9Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

•  After giving up his power to save the world, DANNY RAND believes he's seen the last of the IRON FIST...
•  ...But when DEMONS begin to attack cities around the world, a MYSTERIOUS NEWCOMER in a FAMILIAR MASK appears, hands blazing with the CHI OF SHOU-LAO THE UNDYING!
•  Who is this NEW IRON FIST? And does his power really come from the DRAGON OF K'UN-LUN... Or from something far more sinister?
Rated T+

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Feb 20, 2022

    The StoryHaving given up his powers as the Iron Fist to save the world. Danny Rand has continued to use his Kung Fu to work as a crime fighter, but his current job of keeping him from a dinner date with his friend Luke Cage. But when a mysterious new Iron Fist shows up who is not properly able to channel the Chi of Shou-Loa. Danny's curiosity gets the better of him as he wants to try and help the mysterious stranger. However, before they can be caught. The new Iron Fist makes a fast getaway back to K'un-Lun. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - pharoahmiles Mar 26, 2022

    Overall, Iron Fist #1 is an interesting entry into this character's canon, one that looks to right a wrong. The story by Song is exciting. The art by creative team is beautiful. Altogether, a story that remixes the legend. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Feb 16, 2022

    Iron Fist #1 is a great debut honoring the old and new. It doesn't feel like the “classic” is being shuffled out the door. Instead, this feels like a blend of the two but more importantly the continuation of two ongoing stories, Danny Rand's as well as the new Iron Fist. By doing that we get twice the fine and a nice opportunity to do some things that are really interesting and new for both characters. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Feb 16, 2022

    I loved the art style in this issue. Michael Yg made the panels lively, beautifully detailed and filled with great action and energy. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comics Bookcase - Rebecca Gault Feb 16, 2022

    Iron Fist #1 is strong opening issue that creates a version of the character that may read as more palatable to many readers, complete with stunning art and a strong authorial voice. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Feb 23, 2022

    Iron Fist #1 is a promising start for a new hero, taking big steps in representation while establishing a long running hero can still exist within the Marvel Universe without having to be problematic. The script's ability to walk that tightrope alone makes this solid outing well worth the coin. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Comic Watch - Clint Theron Feb 16, 2022

    Iron Fist #1 is a great introduction to Lin Lie as the titular hero. Even if you know nothing about the character (who first appeared in 2018), this issue will fill you in on the need-to-know details. While longtime fans of Danny Rand may be disappointed to see his title given to a new character, Rand continues to remain a prominent character. This series definitely has promise, and I'm excited to see more from Wong and YG. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Feb 16, 2022

    Iron Fist #1 is a good start especially since it doesn't play coy with the reader, but gives us the full rundown of who he is and how he connects to a supernatural world. It also lays the groundwork for Danny Rand to play a part in the series in a natural way. Given the rich history this new Iron Fist is built on, we're in for a wild, fantasy-soaked fight comic series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Justin Munday Feb 16, 2022

    While a bit generic, Iron Fist #1 sees an exciting and necessary change to the identity of the protector of K'un-Lun. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Feb 18, 2022

    A nice recap blends into an emergent story as newcomers and fans alike of the new Iron Fist can come together for this debut! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geek'd Out - Nico Sprezzatura Feb 16, 2022

    Writer Alyssa Wong continues her work on Asian mythology-inspired Marvel tales with this series, directly following the aforementioned White Fox one-shot, and Im interested to see how this series progresses. Her script never drags and always moves along at a clip, which you would expect in an Iron Fist series, and the tone is light but with a peering edge of darkness in the corners. But as with any comic featuring martial arts, the art needs to be similarly dynamic, and Michael YG delivers on that front. A lot of this issue is spent fighting and in various states of motion; visual stiffness would ruin the vibe. But he also successfully conveys Lin Lies youngness in comparison to the older (and slightly grizzled) Danny, which is important because of their burgeoning mentor/protg dynamic. All in all, Iron Fist #1 is more than worthy of your time. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - mrgabehernandez Feb 16, 2022

    Bits and PiecesIron Fist #1 takes all the gravity and drama surrounding Danny Rand's “fish out of water” story and replaces it with a cardboard cutout character who everybody loves. His powers are unearned, he dresses like Iron Fist because he can, and the strong art only serves to dress up a bland, boring, homogeneous, replacement hero. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller Feb 22, 2022

    A decent read, but not yet an essential one. A too bland leading man, the book is at its best whenever Danny Rand appears. That says a lot. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Adam Barnhardt Feb 16, 2022

    I've never put a series down after one issue, so I'll continue reading to see where this goes but this issue is sufficient and that's about it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Fury Feb 20, 2022

    Omg, Merlyn “ I hate coloreds, spics, chinks, and cunts” is an absolute dumpster fire! Never disappoints. His particular take, a superlative example of white incel diarrhea. I’m so here for it. Thanks, M. You get a 10 out of 10.

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  • 10
    Sollywoods Feb 19, 2022

    I was on the fence about getting this. I'm glad I picked it up though! Mantle passing of characters can be a hard sell to some but it makes perfect sense with iron fist. The characters mythology already has it so many have been iron fist and many more will be. It's not at all like Danny rand is the essential iron fist. He may be your favourite and that's fair and okay. There have been great characters to come out Mantle passing. I may be a minority on this but my favourite green lantern is Kyle Rayner. And here, Danny is still around which is great. Should the series kill him off or write him out I may be less enthusiastic but for now it's all good.

    Also, people giving low reviews because the new iron fist isn't white ... Just . more

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  • 10
    The Brave and the Bald Feb 17, 2022

    Jay Garrick is The Flash. Tired of these boring token replacements like Barry Allen.

  • 10
    Leylin Feb 16, 2022

    I'm so glad that swordmaster is still alive, when he fell off the cliff I thought he would die but I'm glad he didn't. now the story was very interesting, I was curious to know what would happen to the dragon egg after the end of the last series and here it continues very well with that legacy, I hope to see more of swordmaster and see if danny becomes his mentor

  • 10
    Toonstrack Feb 16, 2022

    Be honest. Is ANYONE surprised by the usuals giving this a 1 star without even reading it?

    Iron Fist has been a mantle since day one. Rand wasn't even the first and he wasn't ever going to be the only one, but he was evidently the first white one. The irony is he WAS the diversity hire. But that's lost on the usuals.

    Of course Kun Lun doesn't have politically inclined clowns like our Divided States of America does, so it probably wasn't a problem for them. That'd actually be a nice story beat, Ken Lun comicsgaters. They should do that.

    Giving this a 10 cuz im petty like that. Also this new guys costume is awesome.

    And Danny is VERY prominent in this book and its clear hes going to be in this more

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  • 9.0
    KaijuSHENANIGANS Feb 16, 2022

    Not the strongest first issue, I like the idea of who the new iron fist is. I'm mostly on board to see how they bridge the gap to the present, that is this book, to when we last saw you know who take a dive. I also didn't love the art.

  • 8.5
    cincyfan Mar 13, 2022

    I like this. I like how Danny Rand was still very relevant. I'm really interested in hearing more of the new iron fist's backstory. This was a very good start and I'm definitely on board. His costume was really cool looking too.

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  • 8.0
    Hex Feb 21, 2022

    I only like Alan Scott. John Stewart who?

  • 8.0
    Onomatopoeia Feb 16, 2022

    I was never much of an Iron Fist fan, so this is a nice jumping on point. The whole concept of a rich white dude becoming a savior in another culture always seemed iffy to me (Dr. Strange is the biggest culprit), it's just a played out concept and this is a nice change up. Overall, I enjoyed the story. It was a bit exposition heavy, though it sets a solid stage for things to come. Also, that costume is a major upgrade.

  • 7.5
    Jawsh Feb 23, 2022


    I was very lost feeling I missed an issue or something while reading this and a quick search showed me why. Hindsight is 20/20 so I feel having this character debut more cleanly as The Iron Fist would have been better.
    The issue wants to respect this character's past but it doesn't do a great job of introducing him.
    I loved the artwork and I loved the banter between Danny and Lin. I'm very curious to know more so I'll stick around for the miniseries hoping it gets better once it finds its footing and maybe get a legit ongoing if it sells well enough later in the year.
    There's some great stuff in here!

  • 7.5
    Tempra16v2.0Turbo Feb 21, 2022

    É ok, a arte ficou devendo.

  • 7.5
    Psycamorean Feb 20, 2022

    I wonder if this website will ever stop allowing racism. Probably not. This issue is pretty good, especially if you've been following the character since his debut and have been painfully aware of just how underwhelming he is. With that in mind, this reinvention works very well. It makes the character more interesting. Is it a great book? No. However, I support the inflated review scores because it's the only thing that can push the racist reviews out of the spotlight as nothing will be done about those. Imagine thinking this is all the result of a controversy from what, six years ago? One that was pretty much disregarded by the comics community. Danny Rand has always been a token white savior, it's part of the character at this point. Iron more

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  • 7.5
    KittyNone Feb 16, 2022

    Hm. I'm interested in the character and the setup, and I'm always happy to see comics that make the usual crew of racists cry (not that that's difficult), but... this issue was pretty slight. It felt like a throwback to the the early oughts when people thought the existence of trades meant pacing didn't matter. Hopefully this series finds its feet, but this is an underwhelming start

  • 6.5
    Drasek83 Mar 14, 2022

    Average comic for me. I’m not familiar with the new guy. Apparently he was introduced before this? I’ll stick around for the next few issues.

  • 6.5
    DDJamesB Feb 16, 2022

    For someone who wasnt familiar with Swordmaster, I'm going to say it wasn't a good enough first issue. I felt like it just gave some generic origin that didn't feel complete. I hope to get more moving forward.

  • 6.0
    Mout Feb 19, 2022


  • 5.5
    humgruffin Feb 19, 2022

    'A mysterious newcomer' who is outed in the first issues first few pages. For some reason I couldn't get hold of this issue without paying over the odds. Maybe thats what has swayed me but I was underwhelmed and expected so much. There was action, but not enough, and the impetus for the characters change probably means its short term. Of course Danny Rand will gain his power back eventually, but its practically telegraphed sooner rather than later. As a reader I'm wondering why I stay with this for the long haul.

  • 5.0
    CrazyforRAMU Jul 2, 2022

    I don't give a fig about the politics. I have no problem with Lin Lie becoming the next Iron Fist. It's a good idea.

    But this is not a good comic.

    The art is borderline incompetent, which is disastrous in a martial arts book. Somehow, Lin Lie has brought the pacing and storytelling problems of his solo series along with him. Explaining his status quo twice in one issue is inexcusable, even if he is talking to 2 different people.

    It's all the more disappointing because Alyssa Wong handled the character really well in his last outing, Death of Doctor Strange: White Fox #1.

  • 5.0
    maljoss Mar 10, 2022

    I didn't like it.
    But,It wasn't as bad as I had feared.
    The story sets up a bunch of questions that, hopefully get followed up.
    What happened to the dragon?
    How did Lin get the dragon's chi?
    What effects do the shards have on his powers?

    There's a decent action sequence at the start. A scene with Danny and Lin that establishes that their relationship is going to be rocky. Then the talking starts. I believe Lin's backstory is rehashed at least twice. The threat to Kun Lun is established. Ends on a cliffhanger. Dialog was fine. But there's a LOT of talking for the sake of exposition.
    The art was... okay. After a Jim Cheung cover, pretty much anything else is a let down. The art team was competent, but more

  • 1.0
    Briton Feb 17, 2022

    I am so sick of white heroes being replaced by those of other races. Marvel's position in the culture wars sickens me.

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  • 1.0
    Merlyn Feb 16, 2022

    Yeah, this is awful. Not just that the story is bad but the reason Marvel came up with this is awful. It all began when those idiots online started screeching that Finn Jones should be replaced with an Asian actor because in their tiny minds only Asians can learn martial arts. Imagine being this deluded. So Marvel broke the no.1 rule on the internet: don't cave in to online morons. And ever since they've tried to steer away from Iron Fist because he is pRoBlEmAtIc.

    Here's the thing: Danny Rand IS Iron Fist. Just as Tony Stark is Iron Man, just as Bruce Wayne is Batman, Clark Kent is Superman and so on. There isn't anything racist about this, not even a tiny bit. If anything Marvel is the one being racist by believing that only an more

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  • 1.0
    Sup3rsa1yan1990 Feb 16, 2022

    The immortal diversity (h)iron fist

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