By Ben Chabala
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This week in NEW AVENGERS #25, the Phoenix Force appears within the walls of fabled K’un-Lun, home of the Immortal Iron Fist! To prepare you for what’s to come we’ve got five incredible Iron Fist tales that reveal the secrets of the ancient city and its protectors. Get ready for some martial arts mayhem folks, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride!
Wu Ao Shi grew up on the mean streets of K’un-Lun stealing and fighting until Lei Kung the Thunderer found her, took her in and trained her for that fateful day all Immortal Weapons must face. She bested Shou-Lao the Undying and plunged her hands into his molten heart, becoming the Iron Fist. But that’s not the end of her tale, not by a long shot. Watch her transform from protector of K’un-L’un to the deadly Pirate Queen of Pikong Bay!
Li Park’s kung fu skills pale in comparison to his overactive imagination, which unfortunately earns him tons of lumps, bruises, and bloody noses at the Thunderer’s school for hard knocks. But when a plague decimates K’un-Lun, Li alone remains to face the dragon. Amazingly Li survives his fateful encounter, using his brains instead of his brawn. He then travels to the mortal realm where he learns that though he despises fighting, he must balance thought and action, lest innocents perish.
Danny Rand, the current Iron Fist, sets out to discover the mysterious history of his predecessor, Orson Randall. He meets Orson’s old sidekick, Ernst Erskine, who regales him with tales of kung fu, horror, guts, and glory. But while Danny sits rapt in the incredible stories, something sinister waits for the right moment to strike. Will Danny find what he needs in Erskine’s journals before HYDRA attacks?
Orson Randall knows something smells fishy. He travels across the country to help an old war buddy find his daughter Darlene, only to discover him dead, a suicide. The cops show up too quick; somehow they’re in on it. Someone nasty’s behind the frame because Orson’s kung fu mind tricks won’t work on the boys in blue. But who? Who could challenge an Immortal Weapon? If he hopes to find out and rescue Darlene, Orson will have to dive deep into the seedy underbelly of Hollywood. Will he make it out alive?
Ever wonder how the Danny Rand came to K’un-Lun, defeated Shou-Lao, and earned the mantle of the Iron Fist? This issue lays everything out, divulging the not-so-secret origins of this current Immortal Weapon. What starts as a tragic tale of a boy losing his parents becomes a story of hope, triumph, and martial arts madness. Watch Danny take on all comers—human, robot, alien, it doesn’t matter—and lay them low with a fist transformed into something like unto iron!