Marvel Comics is partnering with comiXology to create comic books for the Amazon-owned digital service's line of exclusive titless called comiXology Originals. Announced during Marvel's "Next Big Thing" panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego, Marvel's exclusive kicks off today with the first issue of Immortal Iron Fists by writer Kaare Andrews and artist Afu Chan.
"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," reads the series' description. "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 announced in July 2016 as part of the now-concluded "Marvel NOW!" initiative, Immortal Iron Fists is planned as a six-issue twice-monthly title. It will be available free to comiXology Unlimited subcribers, and cost $2.99 for non-members.
“Immortal Iron Fists serves as a perfect starting point for those new readers who are just discovering the world of Marvel Comics,” said Chip Mosher, comiXology’s Head of Content & Senior Director of Communications, “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.”
Further Marvel titles exclusive to comiXology are planned to be announced at a later date.
No details on a print edition of Immortal Iron Fists has been given, but several previous comiXology Originals have later been solicited for print.