#9: Immortal Iron Fist #1-14 by Matt Fraction and David Aja
Suddenly Iron Fist was a kung-fu genius like those I'd seen in the movies rather than a cool-looking super hero with an Eastern flair. When Matt Fraction started naming Iron Fist's moves with creative names, I fell in love with this title. Not only did Fraction make Danny Rand cool(er), he added wonderful depth to the overall mythos. Suddenly we had a lineage of Iron Fists, with the surly Orson Randall living past his prime and drinking his way around the world. Randall and Rand's adventures led to the revelation of the Seven Capital Cities of Heaven, where readers lucky enough to meet Fat Cobra. Fat Cobra needs to appear in at least one comic a month, this guy is just tremendous. He's almost too much like Hercules, but how can you not like this guy who needs his "victory wenches" after combat?
This series was so well-received that it basically launched Fraction's Marvel career and landed Iron Fist a spot on the Avengers. Not bad for a low-selling title about a 2nd string character.
David Aja's kung-fu is strong. The martial arts always looked tremendous, but the subway battle with Hydra took the cake. With two Iron Fists flying around on wires cutting everybody to shreds, it was just about the perfect comic book battle.