Marvel’s premiere martial artist hero returns in IRON FIST: THE LIVING WEAPON this April ably assisted by writer/artist Kaare Andrews. Danny Rand’s new adventures promise not only all the kung-fu mysticism and high-kicking action you demand, but also a mystery that threatens both Iron Fist and the other-worldly city of K’un-Lun.
Andrews filled us in on how the series lays out and what’s in store for the Immortal Weapon.
Kaare Andrews: Professionally, I contributed a few covers to the IMMORTAL IRON FIST run that brought the character to critical acclaim several years ago. I've always been a huge fan of martial arts, action movies and Eastern culture and I had a lot of fun working on those covers. But it wasn't until I read that first Iron Fist story in the pages of MARVEL PREMIERE #15 that I truly fell in love with the character.
That initial story of rage and revenge really connected with me. It was non-linear, had clear character motivations and was brilliantly told. It was a bit of a revelation to finally read that early work. It was so different for its time. It was written one year after Bruce Lee's death, in the height of kung-fu mania. I think this origin story has been kind of lost and forgotten but it is the primary touchstone for my upcoming book.
Marvel.com: Will we be learning of new elements in Danny’s origin?
Marvel.com: Part of IRON FIST: THE LIVING WEAPON will be a mystery; what might hamper him in uncovering the truth of it?
Marvel.com: How will you approach the kung-fu aspect of the series?
Kaare Andrews: This is an old school approach. What that means is that this isn't a "look how silly it is to have a ridiculous character in kung-fu tights" approach. This isn't camp. This is serious, old school, life or death, what is the fiber of your essence, storytelling. Big stakes. Big consequences. And buckets of bloody vengeance.
Marvel.com: What sort of impact will you give K'un-Lun? Do you feel as if the city is a character in itself, and if so, what are its defining elements?
Marvel.com: What supporting cast will you use? New characters? Will we see Misty Knight or Luke Cage?
Kaare Andrews: There's been a lot of great work done telling stories about Danny and his kooky friends all living in his friendly urban neighborhood. That's not the story I'm interested in telling. If you are looking for characters like Luke Cage or Misty Knight, you will have to look somewhere else. This isn't a story about a man and his friends, helping each other overcome impossible odds. In the truest sense of a classic kung-fu movie, this is a singular journey.
Martial arts isn't a team sport, it's about one person facing another. And another. And then maybe 100 more. The story I am telling is the story of a man being pulled straight into hell to face the demons of his past. There will be no one to help him when he needs it most. And he's going to need it.
Marvel.com: And the villains of IRON FIST? What makes for the very best adversaries for Danny?
Kaare Andrews: I love a good villain. And I'm bringing back the villains of Danny's past in ways that may shock you. That's all I can say about that.
IRON FIST: THE LIVING WEAPON #1 kicks its way on sale in print and digital this April