A bit of old news was reinvigorated today at San Diego Comic-Con. Reported by Newsarama during Marvel’s “Next Big Thing” panel, the comic book giant and Amazon-owned comiXology have partnered to create digital comics exclusive experience for fans and users of comiXology. The deal with comiXology kicked off today with Immortal Iron Fists by writer Kaare Andrews and artist Afu Chan. Here is the series description:
A unique entry-point that’s perfect for new fans and longtime readers alike, Immortal Iron Fists tells the tale of Pei, a young female monk from K’un-Lun and the youngest person to ever bear the mark of the Iron Fist. While Pei tackles the trials of high school, Danny Rand, the Immortal Iron Fist, faces his greatest challenge yet: training the inexperienced Pei. All the while, a growing threat appears that will take more than one pair of Iron Fists to defeat!
Originally destined to be part of the since-finished Marvel NOW! project, Immortal Iron Fists is being written as a six-issue bi-monthly title. It will be available for free to signed-up members of comiXology Unlimited, but will cost $2.99 for non-members. Chip Mosher, comiXology’s Head of Content & Senior Director of Communications offered the following on the new series:
Immortal Iron Fists serves as a perfect starting point for those new readers who are just discovering the world of Marvel Comics. We’re loving working with Marvel on this line of exclusive content as part of our comiXology Originals program. Giving new and current fans the option to buy or read for free as part of our comiXology Unlimited subscription service is a huge win. We can’t wait to hear from the fans.
More will be announced at a later date. There are no current plans for a print copy of Immortal Iron Fists, but one would have to imagine that fandom will win the day and folks will see one eventually. It hasn’t been perfect, but other Originals have been picked up for print. The popularity of the title may yet see another into production.