writer & artist: Kaare Kyle Andrews
It’s been two painful months and you know what I haven’t had in my life? Kung Fu. Yes, even some of the best comics can fall prey to the dreaded time suck readers have come to know as “delays.” But worry no more, my disciples. Iron Fist: The Living Weapon has returned with a vengeance.
When we catch up with our hero, the situation is a pretty desperate one. Davos and his evil army of cyber ninjas have taken over Rand Tower and plan to create Kung Fu Hell on Earth. Meanwhile, Danny is on the road to recovery, building himself back up to take on his old foes. Also, his new sensei has prepared something of a surprise for the ailing Iron Fist. Kaare Andrews almost makes it look easy. This is the mythical, magical stuff martial arts superheroing should be made of.
The plot is so ridiculously fun, it’s reminiscent of Big Trouble in Little China in a way. The time away has definitely done the pacing of the book some good. Though a lot of the issue is dedicated to being the eye before the storm, you feel fufilled in equal parts action and character development. Andrews has pulled it off well in previous issues, but he has more of a deft hand at switching and swapping in between past and present scenes in an original way that reminds you of the old school kung fu movies, but also only works in such a medium as comics.
Bottom Line: It was already good, but Kaare Andrews is streamlining this book into greatness. 8.5 out of 10