Essential Reading to Complement Netflix's Iron Fist

By Tom Pritchard on at

The fourth Marvel TV series hit Netflix last weekend, bringing Iron Fist into the world of live action for the very first time. It's, erm, well it's not the worst original series Netflix has come up with, but it certainly doesn't hold a candle to its Marvel-fuelled siblings. If you've started watching the series (and maybe even finished it), you might be interested to learn more about the world of Danny Rand and his glowing punches. If you need a place to start, we've got all the best stories you should get reading.

Power Man and Iron Fist Epic Collection: Heroes for Hire, £33.50

There are a lot of iconic team-ups in the Marvel universe, but few are as iconic as Danny Rand and Luke Cage. A indistructible streetwise Harlem hero and a mystical billionaire warrior imbued with powers by an immortal dragon are an odd combination, but they've more than stood the test of time. Together they are the Heroes for Hire, and hopefully that is a team-up that will make it's way to the post-Defenders world. The two have been working together for a long time, and there's no better place to get started than with the classic stories. [Buy it here]

Immortal Iron Fist Complete Collection Vol. 1, £2

One of the best known Iron Fist solo series, and is well regarded by fans. This series starts off with Danny returning to K'un L'un to fight in a tournament against the other immortal weapons, with each one representing one of the seven capital cities of heaven. Along the way he's forced to come to deal with  the legacy of the Iron Fist, which hides more secrets than Danny could have ever imagined. If you only have to pick a single Iron Fist series to read, make sure it's this one. [Buy it here]

Iron Fist: The Living Weapon Vol. 1, £15

The most recent Iron Fist solo series, where Danny is forced to face his origin and arrival in K'un L'un. It's a tale of betrayal and revenge, with Danny forced to deal with the consequences of his past and the actions that led to him earning the power of the Iron Fist in the first place. [Buy it here]

Power Man and Iron Fist Vol 1 (2016), £9.42

As Is aid before, the Power Man/Iron Fist team has been going strong for a long time, and the latest ongoing series is a testament to how well they go together. The story sees these two heroes, who have become Avengers in the years since their debut, going back to basics and heading out to tackle street level crime. Naturally their are crime lords and gangs involved, but one villain manages to get their hands on a mystical artefact that threatens to poison New York with dark magic - and only these two can stop it. [Buy it here]

Deadly Hands of Kung Fu Omnibus Vol. 1, £68

While this was never published by Marvel per se, it did come from a sister company and featured a number of characters related to the Iron Fist universe. They included Shang Chi, the master of Kung Fu, Iron Fist, the Daughters of the Dragon (Colleen Wing and Misty Knight), and the original White Tiger. Naturally the magazines focused on martial arts, and included educational sections that taught readers different techniques. This volume is pricey, but it does include the first 19 issues of the 34-issue series, so you're getting a decent chunk of Marvel history. [Buy it here]

Mighty Avengers (2014) Vol 2, £15

With such a unique powerset, it's no surprise that Iron Fist ended up joining the ranks of Marvel's primary superhero team. While thisbook isn't his first appearance as a member of an Avengers team, the fact that it's led by his long-time partner Luke Cage means he's rather more prominent than in the past. Danny doesn't appear in the first volume, so if you want to stick to all things Iron Fist, this is the one you want to buy. [Buy it here]

Luke Cage, Iron Fist & The Heroes for Hire Vol 1, £17.26

A running theme throughout the years is that Luke and Danny will eventually come together to relaunch the Heroes for Hire, which coincidentally ties in with Marvel launching a new series featuring the two. Funny that isn't it? This collection is from the '90s, featuring the two heroes doing just that, attempting to fill the void left when the Avengers and Fantastic Four ended up out of commission. But this isn't just the two of them, this is the expanded Heroes for Hire, with guest appearances from the likes of Spider-Man, She Hulk, Hercules, and White Tiger. [Buy it here]

Essential Iron Fist Vol 1, £24.50

With Marvel heroes involved in a continuity that's been largely unchanged since the 1960s, it can be tough to know where to begin. Thankfully Marvel helps matters by releasing these 'essential' collections for the long-lasting heroes, and help new readers get to grips with things. The first volume of Essential Iron Fist covers Danny Rand's early years, including his debut on the pages of Marvel Premiere, his first solo series, and some of his early adventures with Luke Cage. [Buy it here]

The Return of K'un Lun, £29.50

A miniseries teaming Danny Rand with one of Marvel's most popular heroes, as he and Wolverine head to Japan to rescue Misty Knight from The Hand. All the while he has to prevent the very same group from bringing the mystical city of K'un L'un into the mortal world, sacrificing Tokyo in the process. This collection also features a number of miniseries featuring iron Fists exploits, including the time he lost his powers to his arch-enemy the Steel Serpent. [Buy it here]

Immortal Weapons, £13.01

In the comics Iron Fist is one of a number of characters known as The Immortal Weapons, each acting as the champion of one of the seven cities of heaven (Iron Fist's naturally being K'un L'un). This series focuses on six of them (skipping out Steel Serpent), telling a story about their past. A must-read for those hoping to understand a bit more about the lore of Iron Fist's world, as well as getting a better understanding of the series itself. [Buy it here]

T Shirt, £16

If you enjoyed the TV series, and all this subsequent reading, you're bound to want to get your hands on some Iron Fist merchandise. There isn't much out there that's good and affordable, but you can't go wrong with a t-shirt. Featuring the symbol of the dragon Shou-Lau that's synonymous with the Iron Fist, and in the typical shade of green, this should be a must-buy for any fan. [Buy it here]