Larry Hama and Dave Watcher’s fiery Iron Fist series reveals a shocking revelation in Heart of the Dragon #5. Hierophant and his army of undead zombies will stop at nothing until he possesses the chi of all the heavenly dragons. Through each issue he’s sent minions like Taskmaster to kill and collect the heart of each dragon, whose power keeps all under heaven protected. The only thing standing in Hierophant’s way at this point is Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Pei, Fooh and the other remaining champions. But to Iron Fist’s surprise, when he and the others arrive to help Okoye from Wakanda protect a spider dragon she’s guarding, she kills it.
Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon has been a blast to read since the first issue. Hama has packed this tale with a lot of humorous moments and kick-ass action sequences, and has grouped together some heroic individuals who all bring something to the table. What makes Heart of the Dragon such a good series is how unpredictable it is. Since the beginning, Danny Rand’s sole purpose has been to protect the dragon at all cost, at which he has failed miserably. The first dragon he finds in the first issue is dead before he even talks with Quan Yin.
If anything, this series has proven without a shadow of a doubt that being a good guy is difficult. You can end up making promises you can’t keep. You can’t protect everyone. But you never give up and you keep the journey moving forward to the bitter end. Heart of the Dragon #5 has a lot of impactful moments that’ll make a lot of readers happy and maybe even some people mad. It also introduces some new abilities to a character as well that I hope is explored further after this series is over.
There’s a heck of a lot going on in this book, but the panels never feel over the top or too crowded. It’s not surprising, since Dave Wachter is no stranger to telling compelling and violent stories with other characters like Godzilla and the Ninja Turtles. Here, Wachter’s work is unapologetically in your face and packs plenty of punches. He can now add dragons to his long list of awesome credits.
Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon #5 sets the stakes for the upcoming last issue. With things not looking so good for Iron Fist, it’ll be interesting to see how he turns things around in his favor. Hama always knows how to tell an enjoyable story, so I’m sure he’s saving the best for last. As for Watcher’s destructive and great illustrations, they speak for themselves. Do yourself a favor — if you’re not reading Heart of the Dragon already, go get it.
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