‘Iron Fist’ #1 Features New K’un-Lun Protector


Where did the latest Iron Fist come from? What is his connection to K’un-Lun? How will it serve the Marvel Universe? Danny Rand wants to know, and so do we, so we went ahead and asked IRON FIST (2022) writer Alyssa Wong all about it and gathered some valuable insights into her own journey along the way!

Long ago, how were you first exposed to Marvel Comics? What were your favorite characters and books growing up?

ALYSA WONG: When I was a kid, I had this Spider-Man encyclopedia that I read all the time. My favorite character was Venom, followed by Carnage (AKA “Evil Strawberry Venom” for my 8 year old self). I’ve always loved symbiotes and weird biology, and wanted nothing more than to befriend a Venom of mine.

How did you get into writing? From there, how did you end up in comics?

ALYSA WONG: My first published short story, “The Fisher Queen”, came out in 2014 and has been nominated for several science fiction and fantasy awards, including the Nebula Award, Hugo Award, Bram Stoker Award and World Fantasy Award. After that, my story “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” won the 2015 Nebula and World Fantasy Awards, and “You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay” won the Locus Award the following year.

I was working on Overwatch at Blizzard Entertainment in 2019 when Greg Pak (whom I love) called me. He had read some of my work and was looking for a co-writer for short comics on Wave and Aero. That’s how I started writing comics for Marvel!

My first Marvel stories were these 10-page Wave and Aero saves co-written with Greg. After that, I wrote a short 3-page story about Jubilee and Wolverine for FEARLESS (2019) #3. My first 20-page solo comic, however, was FUTURE FIGHT FIRSTS: WHITE FOX (2019) #1, where I got to explore White Fox’s origin story. In many ways, she was my first. White Fox will always hold a special place in my heart.

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So what’s your story with Iron Fist as a fan and professional?

ALYSA WONG: I first heard about Iron Fist in college, but didn’t really get into it until about a year or two ago. Matt Fraction, Ed Brubaker and David Aja’s IMMORTAL IRON FIST (2006) were my introduction to comics. That, and Kaare Andrews and Afu Chan’s IMMORTAL IRON FISTS (2017), which is more of a classic young adult story about a teenage girl Pei and her surrogate parent Danny Rand. These are two of my standout Iron Fist stories.

How were you approached to work on this project?

ALYSA WONG: My editors, Mark Paniccia and Tom Groneman, asked me if I would be interested in writing Iron Fist, specifically if I was interested in writing Lin Lie, aka Sword Master, as a brand new Iron Fist. I’ve adored hot-headed Lin Lie since reading WAR OF THE REALMS: NEW AGENTS OF ATLAS (2019) by Greg Pak and Gang Hyuk Lim, so I was immediately intrigued.

At the end of IRON FIST: HEART OF THE DRAGON (2021) by Larry Hama and Dave Wachter, Danny Rand chooses to give up his Iron Fist powers to save the world. In doing so, he opens the door for a new Iron Fist to take up the torch. We had discussed who would be a fun new Iron Fist, and the name Sword Master came up. Mark and Tom asked me to pitch, and the rest is history.

I came up with a bunch of ideas and we worked on the story from there. The most important thing on my mind was that I knew we had to break Lin Lie’s sword for him to begin his journey as Iron Fist. Lin Lie losing her identity and facing heartbreak while struggling to fit into the role of Iron Fist was a big impetus for this story.


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