IRON FIST THE LIVING WEAPON VOL. 1: RAGE (Marvel, 2014; Softcover)
Collects Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #1-6 (cover dates June- November, 2014)
Writer, Artist, and Colorist: Kaare Kyle Andrews
As much as I dislike decompression and modern comics where an entire issue is little more than one or two scenes, comics with an abundance of mediocre dialogue which drag across one or two scenes for an entire issue are even worse. Kaare Kyle Andrews likens himself to a do-it-all-yourselfer like Jim Steranko but falls short on every count. His writing sucks, his artwork is wretched, possibly the worst this side of Rob Liefeld, and his coloring is the worst that I have ever seen. He uses endless Photoshop effects to try and mask his horrid artwork. Fake aging, fake line folds, and other anomalies are added to try and distract folks from how bad his artwork truly is.
The story is bland and boring, with what should have been a 40 page double-size introductory recapping Iron Fist's origin. Instead, it is stretched across six issues and inserts all kinds of gobbledygook that adds nothing to Iron Fist's origin. Very little actually happens in this book and there is no resolution to the story as an arc. It's like half of an arc. This story plodded along in such an uninteresting way that I do not care what happens and won't be back for volume 2. Kaare Kyle Andrews has been added to my DO NOT BUY list of comic creators. I have already flushed this turd down the eBay toilet.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 0 out of 5.
The OCD zone-
Paper stock: Good weight semi-glossy coated stock.
Binding: Perfect bound trade paperback.
Cardstock cover notes: Thick waxlike lamination.