Iron Fist #15
Issue(s): Iron Fist #15
Iron Fist and Wolverine get into a fight...
...and Iron Fist notes Wolverine's similarities with Sabretooth, who he just fought last issue.
Soon all of the X-Men are drawn into the fight (with Nightcrawler first noting that Wolverine may not have a legitimate cause to be attacking, but soon getting sucked in when Danny attacks him pretty violently due to his demonic appearance).
Iron Fist does surprisingly well, handling Wolverine just fine and holding his own against the combined X-Men. But he's soon overpowered.
Jean and Cyclops show up to stop the fight...
...and Danny is invited to the X-Men's party. Jean recognizes Iron Fist as Misty's boyfriend immediately, resulting in a "Sheesh, does everyone know my secret identity?" moment.
Jean's landlord shows up to complain about the damage, but it turns out the building is owned by Rand-Meachum, so Danny is able to take care of things.
There's quite a bit here of interest to X-Men fans. This issue features the X-Men's homecoming after their Shi'ar adventure.
It is also in this issue where Nightcrawler finally decides to stop using his image inducer...
...and Wolverine's decision to pursue Jean despite her involvement of Scott is a factor here as well, although it doesn't work out very well for him this issue. And of course the hinting of similarities between Wolverine and Sabertooth.
Even in my black & white reprint, Byrne's art is very nice. Clarement & Byrne were a great team. Nonetheless, Iron Fist is cancelled as of this issue, with the Bushmaster and Steel Serpent plots getting resolved in upcoming issues of Marvel Team-Up.
Quality Rating: B+
Chronological Placement Considerations: The X-Men appear here between Uncanny X-Men #108-109. Wolverine is still wearing Fang's costume.
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: Essential Iron Fist vol. 1
Inbound References (3): show
Banshee, Bushmaster, Colossus, Cyclops, Iron Fist, Lilandra, Misty Knight, Moira MacTaggert, Nightcrawler, Phoenix Force, Professor X, Rafael Scarfe, Steel Serpent, Storm, Wolverine
In the '70s Marvel seemed to have a policy of combining two failed series into one in the hopes that fans of both titles could keep a single one afloat. So Iron Fist and Power Man became a team. (I've also read that Iron Man and Daredevil likewise almost became one title). The stronger title was supposed to be the lead, and by its greater longevity that was Power Man. I've read Byrne state that the true circulation from the news stands wouldn't be known until months later (because of returns), and if they had, Iron Fist might not only have been the "lead", but that he might have continued as a solo title!
Despite some annoying Claremontisms, Iron Fist in the Claremont/Byrne issues was greatly superior to what had come before. It would have been interesting to see what would have happened had it stayed a solo title with Claremont and Byrne still on the title.
So this is where Logan got the photograph of Jean that he's 'crying over' in X-Men 114. That's bugged me for years.
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