Kaare Andrews’ “Iron Fist: The Living Weapon” #4 springs the third part of “Rage” on readers and includes a surprise or two along the way. Andrews handles all of the creative chores, save for the lettering by Joe Caramagna.
In the midst of his in-depth interview with Brenda, the reporter Andrews introduced in “Iron Fist: The Living Weapon” #1, Danny Rand discovers Brenda isn’t “just a reporter.” Not only that, but she triggers some memories that may actually be a threat of things to come. Andrews hits Iron Fist where he is most vulnerable to attack — in his mind — and gives readers a glimpse to the terrors that lurk there. Danny Rand isn’t invincible in this comic book, nor is he completely predictable.
Andrews’ art is tremendous, right down to the worn-paper effects used for flashback pages. There are elements of Howard Chaykin and Frank Miller in Andrews’ art, and like those two creators, Andrews handles almost every aspect of the visuals. Joe Caramagna letters “Iron Fist: The Living Weapon” #4, which requires minimal variation as there are only four people present throughout the comic, only one of which is afforded caption boxes. Andrews paints the past with alarming red backgrounds throughout the scenes with Danny and Brenda and knocks down the saturation for those two. When the “now” portion of this comic book hits, Andrews adds a little more saturation to the characters on page and puts atmospheric tones into the backgrounds as Iron Fist confronts his tormentor in K’un Lun.
“Iron Fist: The Living Weapon” #4 gives Danny Rand a chance to confront his family’s past, but also spends a significant amount of time steeped in Rand’s own personal history. Andrews is stacking the deck for a major conflict in the next issue and in doing so chooses to indulge the readers with Rand’s social dalliances here. Rand and Brenda have an exceptionally hot and cold relationship that Andrews uses to broadcast Rand’s loneliness and his desire for something resembling closure when it comes to his family’s demise. The end result is less about Iron Fist as a weapon and more about Danny Rand struggling to be a person.