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June 4, 2014 / Jett

Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #1 Review

Up until his appearance in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Iron Fist was an unknown quantity to me. Even in that game, his presence is scarce, as he’s widely recognized as being one of the worst in the game. Still, his appearance in that game was enough for me to try out Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #1. This issue establishes the troubled past of Daniel Rand while throwing him in the mix of a conflict with ninjas. It’s by no means bad, but I don’t think it’s all that great, either.

Iron Fist may be a super-powered martial artist, but he carries himself around like a man in shell shock. Can’t necessarily blame him, as is upbringing is basically the same as Bruce Wayne’s. If this was established as part of the continuity when the character first debuted in 1974, but it definitely loses originality points here. Having him narrate from this perspective hinders the story, because he just doesn’t muster the words to fully convey how he feels. Whether that’s a fault of the writing or the state of mind that the character is in is up for debate, but it makes for a stiff read.

The Living Weapon goes with a distinct colour palette for all scenes taking place in the present. Gone are the colours of the flashbacks, replaced with solid black and solid white, along with shades of red and gray. The look certainly stands out, though I’m not particularly fond of it. I find it to be overly gritty and rough without bringing any sort of soul to the panels.

Maybe Marvel will do more with Iron Fist: The Living Weapon, though I won’t be around to follow it. Was hoping that this one would catch me by surprise, but everything about this feels like it’s not going to be anything that excites me any time soon. Unless you’re already invested in the adventures of Daniel Rand, this probably won’t win you over, either.

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