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Marvel's Iron Fist returns in 2021 with Larry Hama and David Wachter

(Image credit: Billy Tan (Marvel Comics))

Danny Rand returns this January in a new limited series titled Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon, as first reported by Nerdist (opens in new tab).

(Image credit: Billy Tan (Marvel Comics))
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"Someone is killing the ancient dragons that power the Heavenly Cities, and only Iron Fist and the Deadly Weapons can stop them… if they can discover who they are in time!" reads Marvel's solicitation for the first issue. "Zombie armies, mystical portals, dragon hearts, some of the Marvel Universe's deadliest fighters all converge in one action-packed extravaganza, and the fate of all worlds hangs in the balance!"

Larry Hama writes the six-issue Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon series. While best known for his contributions to Hasbro's G.I. Joe franchise (including creating many of the franchise's greatest characters), Hama has ties to Iron Fist as well. 

Hama made his debut at Marvel drawing an Iron Fist serial in 1974's Marvel Premiere #16. In his time on that serial, he co-created Colleen Wing, Ward Meachum, and even the dragon Shou-Lao the Undying - the dragon Danny Rand had to beat to attain his Iron Fist powers. The above solicitation for Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon refers to those ancient dragons, so Hama's a good person to call.

In addition, Hama has a martial arts background - studying Kodokan Judo, Kyūdō (Japanese archery), and Laido (Japanese swordsmanship).

Hama is joined by artist David Wachter, who recently finished up a 21-issue run on IDW Publishing's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles title.

Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon #1 (of 6) goes on sale in January 2021. Look for Marvel Comics' full January 2021 solicitations later this month on Newsarama.

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Chris Arrant
Chris Arrant

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)