Luke Cage is being burnt alive by white hot flames. Even with his invulnerable steel skin, he’s in agony.
CAP (Luke): Me an’ Danny, we’re closer than brothers. Certainly closer than I ever was to my own loser brother, this piece of $#!@ putting the beating on me right now.
Elsewhere. Danny Rand (in traditional green costume) is sent flying by a blow from a fiery red fist – like some demonic version of his own Iron Fist.
CAP (Danny): Luke and I, we’re pretty powerful apart. But together… some say together we’re unstoppable.
CAP (Danny): They had to know that. They had to know the only way to defeat us…
Luke is down, unable to take the heat and ferocity of this attack any longer. We can see his attacker now as a figure made out of flames, not letting up the assault on our fallen hero. It’s Luke’s brother James, aka Coldfire, but more powerful than we’ve ever seen him before.
CAP (Luke): …wuz divide an’ conquer.
CAP (Luke): Thing is, I know exactly who’s conquering Mama Cage’s only good son… though I sure as $#!@ don’t know how he powered up like this…
A series of three small panels follows, detailing the continued assault on Danny Rand. Fist takes one blow after another, close and intense, from his flaming red attacker.
CAP (Luke): I just wish I knew who they sent after Fist…
Voice (off-panel): Daniel, Daniel, Daniel…
Another blow sends Danny smashing into a wall.
Voice (off-panel): Ten years before your father took you on your first fateful journey to K’un Lun…
Danny slumps to the floor as a shadow falls across him.
Voice (off-panel): Daddy dearest tried once before to access the nexus that would return him to his native land…
Voice (off-panel): He failed. He ended up somewhere much, much worse.
Final panel, bigger than the previous three, reveals Danny’s attacker. He is ten years older than Danny and looks like some twisted, demonic counterpart to Iron Fist. As well as the flaming red fists, the top half of his face is seared away to the skull – like some hellish mockery of Danny’s own mask, with additional “devil horns” sprouting from his forehead. He is naked from the waist up and instead of the dragon scar on Danny’s chest, he boasts a flaming serpent. The sash that hangs from Danny’s belt and from the back of his mask is also replicated here with writhing, burning, angry snakes.
This is Devil Fist… standing over the battered and defeated body of his long lost brother, Daniel Rand.
Devil Fist: Wendell Rand-K’ai lost his firstborn son to that savage and brutal place.
Devil Fist: It took me almost forty years to find my way back…