writer & artist: Kaare Kyle Andrews / Marvel Comics
If someone asked you to name a legendary run of Iron Fist comics, you’d probably be hard pressed to think of one outside of Immortal Iron Fist. Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, Dwayne Swierczynski….that was an all star team of writers during that Halley’s Comet of a run. But now, Iron Fist: The Living Weapon is just about ready to join “Immortal” in the pantheon of outstanding books.
Kaare Andrews’ incarnation has been nothing short of a visually arresting bullet to the head of any book like it (there aren’t many, anyway). His gritty yet stylish reimagining of the Immortal Weapon of K’un Lun has been a non stop drop kick to the senses from the start. And now, we’re coming to the last lap of this story arc. Our hero has been broken down and rebuilt better than before. In this issue, Danny Rand has returned to the mortal world to stop Davos and the evil cyber ninja wearing his face from building a Kung Fu Hell on Earth. There is a plot twist or two here and there and some degree of exposition, but for the most part, issue 9 mainly consists of action beats and that’s completely fine. The thing that’s so great about it, though, is that Andrews makes sure all the fighting never gets boring. A big part of this is thanks to his visual work. This is one of the best looking books Marvel has to offer.
No two panels look alike, no two pages have the same effect on the reader and every detail looks fresh and gives the reader plenty to look at. My favorite highlight is Iron Fist’s fancy new duds that pay obvious homage to Bruce Lee’s Game of Death outfit. Because if you were a kung fu superhero who killed a dragon with his bare hands to obtain your superpowers, you’d probably pay homage to Bruce Lee, too.
Bottom Line: It’s hard to get around how wonderful this book really is. Kaare Andrews has made a “one of a kind” book in every sense of the word. 9 out of 10