First, some history;
The Immortal Weapons are fictional characters, each a champion of one of the Seven Capital Cities of Heaven in the Marvel Comics Universe. The group consists of Bride of Nine Spiders, Dog Brother #1, Fat Cobra, Iron Fist, Prince of Orphans, Tiger’s Beautiful Daughter and formerly the Steel Phoenix. The Immortal Weapons first appear in The Immortal Iron Fist #8 (September 2007) and were created by Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction and David Aja.
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So, in this limited series from Marvel, issue #1 concerns itself with Fat cobra, who hires a man called Carmichael to document his 111 year life. His expectations of this tale are quickly dashed against the truth – his story is wild and varied, but his origins are inconspicuous. Jason Aaron’s mix of fantasy, fact and fiction, both within the Marvel universe and real world – Elvis makes an appearance that is worth waiting for -creates a clever, absorbing tale. The art is wonderful throughout, and there is a mix of artists, but Mico Suayan handles the main story, giving Fat Cobra a vivd and realistic appearance, with other artists coming in to detail some of the kinetic action scenes.
Fat Cobra has a compelling reason to hear his story recounted – he wishes to recall above all else how he defeated the great snake Xiang Yao and became the champion of his Heavenly City. The answer to that question is stunning and caps off a superlative tale of tragedy and triumph.
The little details will also keep you busy (Aaron subverting the names of fighting moves and applying them to the act of sex. Although not shown graphically, the ‘Heaving Tiger Love Hug’ gives you enough detail to go on with.
I cannot reccomend it enough – a pleasant surprise from Jason Aaron and the team of artists.