“Like Tigers in the Night”
Story by Chris Claremont
Art by John Byrne and Dan Adkins
Colors by Bonnie Wilford
Letters by Joe Rosen
Cover by John Byrne and Dan Adkins
Exploring his adopted home of New York City, Iron Fist comes across a mugging in the Canal Street subway station: members of the Golden Tiger gang are robbing a group of tourists and an intervening cop has been injured by a throwing star. The Living Weapon begins to throttle the punks but is distracted when a train rumbles into the station — he is kicked into one of the speeding cars and the gang members make their escape. Afterwards, Iron Fist relates the events of the crime to his friend Lieutenant Scarfe. As the crowd disperses, attorney Bill Hao — brother of the Golden Tiger’s leader, Robert Hao, aka Chaka — tails a member of the gang’s female auxiliary to their secret warehouse hideout: he is quickly captured. That night, Danny Rand retires to his new home, his late father’s Riverside mansion, part of his multi-million dollar inheritance. Unable to sleep, the young martial artist is haunted by his parents’ tragic deaths. The next day at the Meachum Building, Joy Meachum, still seeking revenge on Iron Fist since she thinks he murdered her father, orders her bodyguard Davos to investigate her uncle Ward, convinced he is up to illegal activities. Later, Rand, his lawyer Jeryn Hogarth and Misty Knight arrive at the same skyscraper for a meeting with the Meachums to discuss Danny’s stake in the international corporation. Suddenly, Chaka and other members of the Golden Tigers burst into the conference room. -Tom Flynn
I wonder what Dan Adkins thought when he was informed that he was moving from one martial artistry mag to another. Well, the result is a stronger, clearer line throughout, compared to the recent work we’ve seen recently from Frank Chiaramonte. Admittedly, Frank has shown improvement over the past few issues – still, I think Dan is a better fit for Byrne on this title.