Marvel's Huge Step Forward for the Comic Industry
In 2016, Marvel announced a new comic series called Immortal Iron Fists starring Danny Rand and Pei, a little girl newly imbued with the glowing fist of legend. But 2016 came and went without Iron Fists ever making its debut. A different Iron Fist comic was released instead, no doubt wanting to capitalize on the attention of the Netflix show releasing in March 2017. It turns out that Iron Fists, written by Kaare Andrews with art by Afu Chan, wasn’t canned but was being saved to kick off a new partnership between Marvel Comics and digital comics seller ComiXology (announced during July 2017’s San Diego Comic-Con) where it was released as the first-ever Marvel comic exclusive to the ComiXology Originals imprint. While this news might read like nothing more than the reveal of a new comic for most, it was actually Marvel taking an important step forward for the comic book industry.