Immortal Weapons #1: Fat Cobra
I am not an avid reader of Iron Fist by any stretch of the imagination, but when I learned that we were set to review this book, I took a little time to familiarize myself with recent events involving Danny Rand. Of the Immortal Weapons who have been introduced, Fat Cobra was definitely one of the more interesting ones, so I looked forward to reading this book.
I thought the first half of the book was fairly amusing (particularly the three page fight scene near the middle), but the ending was a little hard to swallow. I realize that Jason Aaron wanted to add some pathos to the character, but having him kill generations of his own children for no other reason than wanting to live just makes him a monster. Any positive feelings I had regarding the character were wiped away with this revelation, and I do not think I want to continue reading about a protagonist who has done such a thing.
While the overall story was alright, the character-defining tragedy that has become a staple of modern comics was just completely overdone, and the story is ultimately worse for it. On the upside, the backup from Duane Swierczynski was well done, and I would look forward to reading more if it meant that I would not have to buy another issue of this series.
The art was good overall, but having different artists do different pages was a little jarring, although I understand that they were meant to depict different parts of Fat Cobra's own life. The art for the main framing pieces was good, but there seemed to be an overabundance of cross-hatching.
Sorry guys, but I thought the story just did not cut it. I will give the art a good score, but the terrible story brings my overall score way done.
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