Review: Iron Fist The Living Weapon #1

Published on April 14th, 2014

I can honestly say that I’ve been pretty indifferent about Iron Fist in the past. I always saw him as just a silly, kung fu, surfer dude. I am very happy to admit, I was quite wrong. I heard some chatter going on between the founders of Comic Impact, and on a whim, I decided to give this book a chance. What I did not expect was to be completely blown away.

IronFistTheLivingWeapon1This series stars Danny Rand, but not quite the one everyone’s used to. The first page immediately grabbed me as we open to Danny being interviewed by a young female journalist, giving a glimpse into Iron Fist’s origin. It’s far from doom and gloom emo, yet the book doesn’t have the happy-go-lucky feeling a lot of Marvel super hero books have. He has a definite edge to him and you’re really able to empathize with the lonely darkness he feels. He remains poker-faced as he goes through the motions and eventually sleeps with the woman interviewing him. The action explodes when Danny abruptly jumps out the window to fight ninjas repelling down the side of the building from helicopters. The action scenes are quite amazing as he easily dispatches the lot of them, including a robot ninja, and seems unaffected by seeing his building partially destroyed.

Kaare Andrews juggles writing and art duties with ease. I’ve been a fan of his artwork for quite some time, I’ve even used several of his Ultimates Covers as my device backgrounds. His style is ever changing and versatile and this book showcases that wonderfully. The transitions between past and present are quite beautiful. The colors match the tone of the story with the present day being illustrated dark and gritty, while the flashbacks have the weathered color and feeling of older comic books. This book is visually stunning and Andrews shows that he is a force to be reckoned with in handling so much of this comic. I’ve been a fan of a lot of the recent Marvel relaunches and this series continues the trend of kicking things off with a bang. I never thought I’d say this, but I can’t wait till the next issue comes out!

Noelle Raemer