Marvelette Missives – Daughters of the Dragon

In the late 70s, a couple of supporting characters from Iron Fist comics, Misty Knight and Colleen Wing, were given a chance to team up as Daughters of the Dragon in an issue of Marvel Team-Up. Though well received, the duo remained supporting characters, carrying over to the Power Man and Iron Fist series. They didn’t manage to get their own story lines (in Marvel Comics Presents) until the 1990s and their own title didn’t come out until 2006. 

Misty and Colleen were created by Chris Claremont and Marshall Rogers – Claremont was also a co-creator of a large number of well-known X-Men characters, including  Rogue, Psylocke, Phoenix, Mystique, Jubilee, Sabretooth and Gambit. The duo was dubbed Daughters of the Dragon as a sarcastic moniker by Iron Fist villain Steel Serpent (aka Davos). In the “real world” of the Marvel universe, the two are known as Knightwing Restorations Ltd., a detective agency/bail bondsman/bounty hunter service.

Daughters of the Dragon: Samurai Bullets, collects issues 1 through 6 of Daughters of the Dragon from 2006. Following a theft at crimelord Celia Ricadonna’s compound, criminals are ending up dead – they also happen to be clients of Knightwing Restorations and the agency is losing money on them. The volume follows Misty and Colleen as they investigate Ricadonna, her connection to the deaths and just what was so important that was stolen. The plot is pretty basic, but the characters make it interesting. The artwork is vibrant, but in typical 90s/early 00s it’s extremely oversexed. Yes, the series presents strong female characters (and not just physically), but is loaded with impractical outfits and unnecessary boobaliciousness. Still, it’s a good read for fans, especially when you consider the team-up of Misty and Colleen on Netflix and anticipate the moment that will hopefully come in Iron Fist season 2 – Davos returning and giving the duo their name.

Marvelette Missives is written by TinkEsq, aka Miss Dawn, Web Goddess of Geek Watch One.