Review – Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #1 (Marvel)
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Kaare Andrews
Release Date: 9th April 2014
I’d like to preface this review by stating that – outside of the odd issue here and there – Iron Fist is never a character I’ve delved particularly deeply into in the past. I’d always been sort of intrigued however, and after taking a look at some of the fantastic preview artwork Marvel released a few months back, I decided now was as good a time as any to take a closer look at Danny Rand.
Creator Kaare Andrews – pulling double-duty as both writer and artist here – paints a bold picture of Rand in this opening issue. As I said, I’m relatively new to the character, so I’m not sure this is the status quo or not, but seeing a quote-unquote “superhero” portrayed as little more than a damaged, empty shell definitely took me by surprise. Although I have to say, as a big fan of the ‘flawed hero’, I found myself almost instantly sucked in to the character, his origin, and his superficial, tormented interactions in the here-and-now.
It also doesn’t hurt when the whole issue looks as absolutely gorgeous as it does here. Andrews does a fantastic job with the artwork from start to finish, utilising insanely creative page layouts, bold linework and an eye-catching red-hued colour palette to give this book a visual style that’s unlike anything else I’ve seen on the shelves for quite some time. Seriously, even if you’re not sold on the character, this book is still worth a few quid just to soak in the aesthetics.
My one minor niggle would be that, for an opening issue, there didn’t seem to be a huge amount of direction, although that almost makes sense given the almost disinterested status of our titular ‘hero’. The flashbacks into his origin did more than enough toy pique my interest, and the last few pages went a long way towards establishing a focal point for the series moving forwards, so any complaints I have in that respect are definitely minor ones.
Overall, for an introduction to a new (to me, at least) character, Kaare Andrews has done a terrific job here in making me instantly invested in Danny Rand’s past, present and future. Consider me on board with this one for the foreseeable future, unless something truly drastic happens.
The writer of this piece was: Craig Neilson (aka Ceej)
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