Mind Capsules – Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #12 and Wayward #8

Iron Fist The Living Weapon #12
Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #12

Writer – Kaare Kyle Andrews
Artist – Kaare Kyle Andrews

It might have taken a little longer to hit the shelves but Iron First: The Living Weapon #12, the last issue of Kaare Kyle Andrews’ series was worth the wait. After defeating the god-being last issue, Danny Rand emerges from its corpse, healed up and ready to get on with life. The denizens of K’un Lun also depart for home but leave Danny with a parting gift of sorts which is really quite hilarious and in all; it was nice to have such a lighthearted issue after all the seriousness that went on. There is still a bit of drama left in the series of course with an interesting scene that takes place between Danny and Brenda and one that reveals something that really was not even hinted at previously, but overall the book had more smiles than not. Despite all the tragedy and destruction that took place over the course of the entire series, Andrews at least gives us a happy ending with many surprises and new status quos instituted that should make for a fun time and many intriguing stories. K’un Lun has taken a beating, one that would almost seem impossible to come back from but if anyone can do it, it would be those same people. Whoever picks up the ball after this is going to have a hard time following Andrews, and hopefully they do a great job of it because for his part, Andrews has set the bar high for himself and for others and it will be hard to top the masterpiece that this series ended up being. All that can be said is that whatever Andrews does next will be highly anticipated as will whatever happens to our hero.

4.5 out of 5

Wayward #8
Wayward #8

Writer – Jim Zub
Artist – Steve Cummings
Colours – Tamra Bonvillain

Wayward finds our heroine Rori waking up outside of a temple with no memory of how she got there. All she knows is that there is an old woman named Ayane who is willing to help and with Shirai injured, Rori is in no position to refuse. The drama that is Wayward continues with Jim Zub and Steve Cummings at the helm and so far the two have not missed a beat. Seeing Rori return is a good thing though she finds herself in a bit of predicament. Auntie Ayane as she likes to be called is a bit of a conundrum. She seems just like young-Ayane what with the cats and all but with this title and all the magic that takes place within, until Zub reveals what he wishes to reveal you literally have to keep reading. The rest of the team also makes an appearance and while regular-Ayane gets a little angry with Nikaido and Ohara she has a big surprise for them come the end of the book. What cannot be stressed enough is just how good the artwork by Cummings is. Zub does a great job with the script and story but Cummings really makes Wayward magical and for a book about magic, it makes it all that more important. What is probably best about this book though is just how much it hooks you in. It would be nice to see some more of the villains and learn just what they plan on doing next, but all good things it seems. If you have not picked up Wayward yet, then you are missing out on one of the best books that Image produces.

4 out of 5

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