I’m not really obsessed with this series, I swear.

Kung fu and superheroes really hit the mark for me, and Kaare Kyle Andrews’ “one-man-show” (Almost. Don’t forget editors/letterers. Don’t ever.) continues fantastically into it’s second arc ‘Redemption’.  This is probably the one superhero series I read that I most look forward to. Consistently topping my expectations with a powerful story and excellent action, Iron Fist: The Living Weapon is a series with real heart.

What follows contains some spoilers for Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #1-6. You’ve been warned.

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The Story: Left broken and bleeding at the end of the last arc, Danny and his childhood friend Sparrow have been training in the mountains to make the Iron Fist fighting fit once more. Healing his body and compensating for his lost connection to the mystical chi-fueled-powers of the dragon Shou Lao, Danny has his sights set on taking back the company he lost and defeating the old enemy that took it from him.

Beaten and broken, Iron Fist is very much an underdog story in a rags to riches sort of way (but, like, “scabs to stitches” though, amiright?). Andrews took everything from Danny in act one, the rage and overconfidence of the Iron Fist playing against him and ultimately leading to his downfall.  Now at the bottom, Danny can only go up, and (pardon my French but:) sweet Christmas is he motivated. While often a simple plot structure, this type of story is one that many including myself really identify with.

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While this type of story is done and re-done ad infinitum, Andrews has an uncanny knack for keeping it fresh.  He has a distinct flow to his writing, extremely conducive to clear storytelling in the comic book format.  Story beats often play out as one might expect, making the moments when elements come out of left field that much more effective. Tying in moments like the reveal of his father towards the end of the first arc and characters like Davos the Steel Serpent not only tie this story into the rest of the Iron Fist universe, but make the series play out somewhat like a stereotypical kung-fu movie. And I love it.

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The Art: continues to amaze, Andrews’ style swinging from realistic to cartoon in a very organic way, highlighting superhuman movements and grotesquely monstrous powers alike.  His panel layout is incredibly adaptive as well, shape and structure matching the flow of the story.  Motions are sometimes separated into many small panels or action plays out in one big gutterless panel, the characters moving from place to place around the page.  It’s this flow that really makes me enjoy the new perspective and rhythm that Andrews brings to Danny Rand’s story.

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If you’re not already reading this, you have offended me and you have offended the Shaolin temple. I read this series for all the above reasons and more.  The only flaw I’ve found in this series is that it’s not Heroes For Hire. It’s not Danny Rand and Luke Cage buddy-cop-ing around New York getting dim sum and stomping ninjas.

But that’s not what this series is, but it’s something great. I love this series for the depth it brings to one of my favorite superheroes. I love this series for bringing kung fu and mysticism back to the portion of the Marvel universe I read. I love this series because it’s a thoughtful and philosophical approach to a characters most often associated with jam-packed action. So if you’re not reading this series, get on it!

Iron Fist: The Living Weapon is available for purchase at Marvel.com, through Comixology, and at your Local Comic Shop.

About The Author

Long time fan of comic books, video games, and movies. Zander is often no where to be found because he's marathoning movies and tv shows or playing video games till all hours of the night as most disillusioned twenty-somethings are wont to do. Polar opposites are the game: action/comedies and dramas, FPS games and turn-based strategy, science fiction and historical fiction. Why pick one thing when there are so many good things?

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