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The Immortal Iron Fist, Vol. 2: The Seven Capital Cities of Heaven (The Immortal Iron Fist #2)

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Once a generation, the Seven Capital Cities of Heaven align on a plane far beyond the ken of mortal men. It is here that these cities send their Immortal Warriors to compete against one another in a combat tournament to end all tournaments...and it is here that Daniel Rand was spirited to in his darkest hour. Generations of mystical war traditions await their chance to pro ...more
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published June 11th 2008 by Marvel (first published 2008)
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Logan
Jan 12, 2016 Logan rated it really liked it
Wow, really good! So what started as me just reading Vol 1, to learn about Iron Fist, before the tv series, has turned into me geeking out, and wanting to collect this whole series! So anyway, following after Vol 1, Iron Fist must now compete in a tournament, in the mythical realm of Kun Lun, where he received his training. Kun Lun is separate from the real world, kinda like Asgard, except, more Kun Fu, and less, dragons and maidens. The story in this one is pretty deep, loads of back story, lot ...more
Gavin
Jun 18, 2016 Gavin rated it really liked it
If you can a write a good Kung fu story, you need characters, and Ed/Matt seem up to it, alongside very solid artwork.
K'un-Lun is somewhere I find interesting enough to want to read and explore more of.

We didn't need more than just Danny, his legacy, heritage and the story would have been fine. I think lesser writers would have made this intolerable, but I was enjoying it more than enough. Especially since it's totally out of the MU, and just its own place, even though we see Luke Cage and some
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Sarah
Dec 09, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
SO GOOD UGH.

I love Matt Fraction's storytelling. The pacing is perfect, and he always manages to write characters that you care about. Even a character who appears in only one scene is a rich part of the larger tapestry. This combined with David Aja's art (Aja is artistic patronus, sorrynotsorry)and the wonderfulness that is Danny Rand's character makes this one of my all time favorite graphic novels.
Bill
Jun 25, 2008 Bill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, superheroes
Yeah, this was pretty great... a supernatural Hong Kong "lotsa people getting kicked in impressively creative ways" movie cross-pollinated with some of the cooler Marvel super hero comic tropes (bajillions of HYDRA goons, Luke Cage's favorite exclamation, awesome pseudo-science, etc.). If you like things that are awesome, you'll enjoy this. If you don't, I don't really have time for your shenanigans.
Tyler
Jan 19, 2016 Tyler rated it it was amazing
7 Capital Stars out of 5!

This is a very fun book full of colorful characters, a great twisty story, dialogue with great sense of voice, and all sorts of rad Kung Fu fights!
What more could you want.

Oh, right:
Dragons.
Zeppelins.
Doomsday trains.
A Sumo master named "Fat Cobra."

It's a magical, action-packed, delight. I'm looking forward to reading volume 3!
Tays
Jun 16, 2015 Tays rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-best-so-far
Well shite.

It is safe to assume that this arc made me feel like I was reliving my childhood. It reminded me a lot about those Japanese anime show that I grew up with. Nevertheless, it comes up with it's own identity by not going with the same trope as those former anime shows usually head to. The whole mythology about the Iron Fist is getting more and more compelling the longer you read about it. There's just so much history in it. The tournament of the Seven Heavenly Cities - where all the seve
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Alan Chen
Nov 26, 2015 Alan Chen rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I enjoyed this much more than the first volume. The story was more complex and there was more depth in the explorations for the Immortal Iron Fist. Every 88 years K'un Lun and the six other capital cities align on a single mystical plane and hold a tournament. Danny Rand seeks to advance to the final match so that he can beat his arch enemy Davos (who just recently killed the former Iron Fist Orson Randall). Meanwhile on Earth, Hydra has kidnapped Danny's main guy and is using him to build a tra ...more
Daniel
May 09, 2015 Daniel rated it it was amazing
"You know what the four most terrifying words in the English language are? 'Danny has a plan.'" This is actually a review for the whole Fraction & Brubaker run on Iron Fist, which was awesome. After encountering his predecessor Orson Randall, Danny learns the history of the Iron Fist Legacy just in time for the Seven Capital Cities to align for the first time in 88 years. As an interdimensional tournament between the realms heats up, HYDRA plans to attack Kun'Lun from the outside, leading Da ...more
Mike
Aug 03, 2010 Mike rated it liked it
Still not a huge fan of the while Iron Fist mythology, but the story has a nice arc and some pretty broad sweeps of history (in the Iron Fist universe). Hit or miss art tho I gotta say - maybe I've been spoiled recently, but some of this stuff was downright *slapdash*. Oh and one more thing: Luke Cage doesn't swear, so why is he being bleeped out here?
Derek Bailey
Jan 13, 2016 Derek Bailey rated it it was amazing
Please note: This review contains some spoilers for Volume 1 of THE IMMORTAL IRON FIST series.

The first volume left readers off with Danny being summoned into the mystical realm of The Seven Capital Cities of Heaven, the location (or collection of locations) after which this volume is named. Whereas the previous issues felt like a mystical take on a typical superhero story, those in this collection dive fearlessly into the weirder aspects of the Iron Fist character and the story couldn't have be
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Nathan
Aug 06, 2011 Nathan rated it it was amazing
If you're a big fan of Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon you'll love the second volume of the Immortal Iron Fist. There are several nods to the old classic in this action packed story line. There are new characters introduced in this book that expands the Iron Fist universe and each are unique and don't feel like typecast characters at all. The contestants in the tournament come from the different capital cities and each has a distinctive personality. Each has his/her fair share of screen time in the ...more
Michael Emond
Oct 17, 2013 Michael Emond rated it liked it
This is my second time reading this book and my second impression fits my first one. Fraction and Brubaker seem to be writing two different stories here and they don't pull them together in a satisfying way. Aja's art is incredible but it seems he left for the last two issues (or fell behind schedule) and they suffer greatly because of that. The last fight scene which should have been a show stopper, because of the inferior art, is more a waa waa (trombone sound).
I love the idea of the tournam
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Todd
Jan 25, 2009 Todd rated it really liked it
I've been wanting to read this book for a good while. Amazon recommended it to me of all things. Based on my rating on Batman graphic novels.

Iron Fist was always a character of the Marvel universe I was interested in. Sadly I never really picked up much of his individual comics and mostly caught him in guest star roles.

This book series reintroduces us to the character and the mythos of Iron Fist. It also expands that mythos, and re-imagines some of the main characters. For me this is a win all t
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Andrew
Nov 17, 2011 Andrew rated it really liked it
Shelves: yes-i-m-a-geek
Okay, this is coming from someone who hardly knew the backstory of Iron Fist at all. It certainly took me a while to understand the full landscape of his world while reading this series, but by the end of the second volume I felt I understood enough of what came before. That may sound a bit too late, but I more liked it. Especially now knowing that I would feel I would understand the whole by the end.

By the end of the first volume I found myself enjoying myself well enough, but still a little re
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John Wiswell
May 01, 2008 John Wiswell rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Manga readers, comics readers, fantasy readers, martial arts fans
One of the best modern comics continues. Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction start to cash in on this little pocket Fantasy world they've invented with intriguing fighting styles, the politics of Heaven and a continuation of their unique blend of pulpy American comics and martial arts manga. Given that the art style is different from either of their source materials, this really comes across as a great experiment in storytelling. It's pretty surprising Marvel would even give it a shot.

It's hard to tal
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Chris Marsh
Sep 20, 2014 Chris Marsh rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic
When I read Iron Fist in the '70s, it was cool. I loved Iron Fist. However, in retrospect, years later, I questioned having some non-Asian taking on a strong dominant role in an Asian story. Matt Fraction's and Ed Brubaker's stories of all the Iron Fist is almost race-blind casting. Iron Fist was cool for me again. I can't wait for the Netflix series and see who they cast as Danny Rand. "Oh! My name is Daniel Rand. I am Iron Fist and I know kung fu. Hi-yahh"
Gayle Francis Moffet
Jun 04, 2016 Gayle Francis Moffet rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, 2016, june-2016
Danny Rand vs. the other immortal weapons and a big old chunk of his own past and the past of his father. This is probably one of my favorite arcs, as it deals with the other immortal weapons of the Seven Cities of Heaven and provides a nice fleshing out for Danny's father, Wendall, and why he would bring his son to the secret city in the first place.

There's some great guest star work by Luke, Mindy, and Colleen, and the final battle is really something else.
Angela
Jan 26, 2015 Angela rated it liked it
Rand has to take part in a tournament of immortal weapons. At the same time Hyrda is determined to get into the mystical city of Kun-lin. The Heroes for Hire team are also in Tibet to save a scientist from Hydra. This is surprisingly good after the first volume that I didn't like. There is a lot of character development for Rand, and it explains a lot about his powers. A good read.
Llc
Jul 16, 2014 Llc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: default, cómic, bpe-cr
Muy buen segundo tomo en que padres e hijos juegan papeles fundamentales. La rendición es un tema clave, y no todos la entienden como algo que, en ocasiones, puede ser necesario para volver con más energía. El siguiente tomo promete mucho si se sigue desarrollando el arco del torneo y el pasado de Wendell.
Sharath Gopal
Jun 01, 2016 Sharath Gopal rated it it was amazing
Fraction/Brubaker continue kicking all kinds of ass. This story has Hydra, kung fu magical pseudoscience, political intrigue and a whole lot of fighting. What more does anybody need?
Federiken Masters
Jan 20, 2012 Federiken Masters rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans de los autores y del personaje
Recommended to Federiken by: Que me gustó el #1
Y sigue todo el pochoclo de artes marciales, con la idea de un Tenkaichi Budokai a lo DragonBall pero una ejecución más cercana a la peli esa de VanDamme donde un chino malo dejaba paralítico a su amigo gordo y él lo quería vengar poniendo caras de loco y pegando en cámara lenta. Claro que tanto los personajes como la onda en general están mejor en esta historia, pero eso no quita que me haya traído a Yanclod a la memoria. En cuanto a la parte de las peleas: bastante pintorescas, pero a años luz ...more
Stewart Brower
Jun 16, 2015 Stewart Brower rated it really liked it
Hard for me to imagine reading a better paced, more enjoyable kung fu epic than this one. Brubaker and Fraction writing near the top of their game.
Sophie
Jun 30, 2010 Sophie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
To be honest, I'm having a hard time explaining just why I love this book so damn much. It's just really, really good. For one, I fell head over heels for Danny Rand, a.k.a. the Iron Fist (and again, I couldn't exactly explain why, I just did). I think part of it is the way history and the present are weaved together, something I, when done well, I always love. And while I never really cared for martial arts stuff one way or the other, my basic reaction here was, "Fuck yeah!". This is just genui ...more
Mabomanji
Jan 27, 2016 Mabomanji rated it really liked it
Shelves: bd-comics
Un bon mix entre tournoi et complot. Les dessins sont différents et je n'ai d'yeux que pour ceux de Aja. Leur force simple est vraiment agréable.
Shaikha
Jun 04, 2016 Shaikha rated it it was amazing
People need to read this. This volume is officially one of my favourite comic volumes ever.
BrokenBlanc
Feb 25, 2016 BrokenBlanc rated it it was amazing
I really love this /////

and anyone can tell me what's happen with Misty's hair?
AGraphicMaduck
Apr 16, 2015 AGraphicMaduck rated it really liked it
didn't read the shorter stories at the end, really liked the overall story
Tommy
Aug 30, 2015 Tommy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
This was an excellent set of stories. Love the tournament storyline. Loved the characters. Very strong story.
Pturingan
May 03, 2009 Pturingan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, superhero
Tremendously fun book! I recommend that you read the first volume (The Last Iron Fist Story) to fully appreciate the entire Davos storyline though. Enough "seeds" were also planted to get me interested in upcoming storylines. Furthermore, the introduction of all the new characters was done quite nicely and doesn't really overwhelm you and I can't wait to see where they go from here. There's nothing really new here if you're already a fan of anime or martial arts films but it's still quite entert ...more
Bodea
Feb 08, 2015 Bodea rated it really liked it
Review to come!
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Ed Brubaker (born November 17, 1966) is an Eisner Award-winning American cartoonist and writer. He was born at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.

Brubaker is best known for his work as a comic book writer on such titles as Batman, Daredevil, Captain America, Iron Fist, Catwoman, Gotham Central, Sleeper, Uncanny X-Men and X-Men: Deadly Genesis, and The Authority, and for helping
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