By Kaare Andrews
When we last saw Iron Fist, he had just fended off an attacker that interrupted a one on one session he was having with a reporter. So what does he do now? He decides it’s time to go back home to K’un Lun. This issue once again goes back and forth between different time periods in Danny Rand’s life, just like last issue, and once again we get to see a little bit more of Danny’s past come together.
This issue had its good parts, but it also had some parts that fell a bit flat. The most interesting piece of the issue comes from the flashback sequence of Danny’s childhood. Andrews begins to let us see another tragic moment in Rand’s life. This is the emotional part of the issue that should get the most response from the reader. In the present storyline, Andrews does a nice job of giving Danny a very descriptive internal monologue. Danny is fun to read as he talks about all the secrets of his tower and K’un Lun. While Andrews does a decent job on that section of the book, the pieces that take place on K’un Lun have the potential to lose new readers, as it is a bit confusing.
Kaare Andrews is also responsible for the art in this book, and this issue has a look and feel similar to Chris Bachalo. There are several panels that are hard to make out and you will have to stare at them for a little to figure out what is on display. While Andrews Definitely has his own style, this issue seems a bit different from the previous one, while writing and drawing a book is sure tough, some panels are given very little detail, which takes away from the enjoyment of the issue. One thing that Andrews does that works is his composition and page layout. It’s always interesting to see how he’s going to layout his book, and this issue he has some cool panel layouts, check out the wolf sequence for proof.
Iron Fist the Living Weapon had a good first issue, but takes a step back in the second issue. Andrews is talented enough to make up for it with his style and skill. Iron Fist is a character that could use a good boost in the popularity department and Kaare Andrews has done wonders with lesser known characters before. Andrews has great ability, hopefully he can work out the kinks and make Iron Fist a heavy hitter.