Danny Rand has had his own book before. The Ed Brubaker/Matt Fraction/David Aja issues of The Immortal Iron Fist made up one of Marvel’s best runs of the last decade, at least in this writer’s humble opinion, even if it flew slightly under the radar of comics fans as a whole.
After five years, Marvel feels like the time is right for another Iron Fist ongoing, but it sounds like it might be a rough ride for Rand under the singular vision of Kaare Andrews. Writing and drawing Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #1, Andrews has plans to put the martial arts master through the wringer.
“Danny is going to be put through the wringer like never before,” Andrews said in an interview with Marvel.com. “I love to punish my characters. To make them bleed. Watch them struggle against impossible odds, and see if they can find the strength inside themselves to survive—the truth that will be the biggest hurdle of them all. He’s been hiding from it for too long. He doesn’t have to uncover it, so much as survive it. The truth will be coming for him like a freight train. And there will be a reckoning.”
That reckoning will begin with a message summoning Iron Fist back to his homeland of K’un Lun. While he’s there, Rand will have to “revisit the blood soaked origin of betrayal and vengeance that has plagued him for so long.” Yep, sounds like plenty of kung fu is going to be unleashed in fairly short order.
Propelling the new series will be Andrews’ dynamic art, which editor Jake Thomas says is going to the next level.
“He’s experimenting with color, taking risks with his writing, investing the layout of every page with meaning,” Thomas said. “This is an artist firing on all cylinders, then building strange, radical cylinders on top of those cylinders. Kaare is the genuine article, if you cut him he’d bleed comics, and Iron Fist is him bleeding all over the page.”
Hopefully that’s meant figuratively and not literally. We’ll find out on April 9, as Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #1 explodes into stores and onto digital. Check out the first few pages below to get a sneak peek at what awaits.