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This April, the fist of K’un Lun returns in IRON FIST: THE LIVING WEAPON #1, an all-new series written and drawn by comics superstar Kaare Andrews! And you’ve never seen an Iron Fist like this before!

High above the city of New York in his multi-million dollar penthouse, Danny Rand a.k.a. Iron Fist is haunted by the choices he’s made. Choosing death over life brings with it many consequences. But when a message from Iron Fist’s mystical homeland of K’un Lun calls Danny back – he’ll be forced to revisit the blood soaked origin of betrayal and vengeance that has plagued him for so long.

“Danny is going to be put through the wringer like never before,” says Kaare Andrews in an interview with “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.”

“It’s pretty incredible to have such a singular vision on a comic, but what’s even more astounding is how much Kaare’s pushing himself at every turn,” says Editor Jake Thomas. “He’s experimenting with color, taking risks with his writing, investing the layout of every page with meaning. 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.”

“It is beautiful visual storytelling, personal and compelling, and I cannot wait till readers get a chance to see it for themselves.”

But revenge is a weapon that cuts both ways. And Danny will learn that revenge can come at a high price. Will he survive the bloodletting? Kaare Andrews’ one-of-a-kind kung-fu action epic kicks off this April in IRON FIST: THE LIVING WEAPON #1!

Art & Cover by KAARE ANDREWS
Variant Cover by DALE KEOWN (FEB140674)
Animal Variant by MIKE DEL MUNDO (FEB140675)
Young Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG (FEB140676)
Blank Variant Also Available
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  1. The original was probably a bit too 1970s, but this one is indeed flawed as heck. The wristpieces, particularly, make he look like the Jerry Ordway Mary Marvel’s dancing partner attempting (and failing) at matching her visuals.

    It is too superheroy, too form-fitting and generic except for the mask – which looks far too exotic in comparison. The open chest probably had to go, and perhaps the slippers as well. But giving him a painted white bodysuit isn’t the answer, nor is it the (I assume intentional) style clash between the bodysuit and the mask.

    I would try an integrated approach, and revise the mask while at it. It has striking visuals, but has always been difficult to believe in. Give him a looser costume, more authentic to his martial artist nature. Let go of those silly golden wristbands, or at the very least change their color to something more somber.

    Or go the other way entirely and make him adopt casual clothes. While that would make him a more direct comparison to Shang Chi, it would also accentuate their differences and characterization. The classic Iron Fist outfit is such a striking visual that the character has been a bit neglected, even overpowered by it. This one is just too silly and distracting. Let Danny go the way of West Coast Avengers Hank Pym and become Danny Rand, Western Martial Artist and casual millionaire. Let his hidden depths character finally overpower the visuals for once, after decades of remarkably consistent and unlikely insistence on doing the opposite.

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