Real Name: Kheng
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (K'un-Lun) warrior;
Group Membership: Lei Kung's students
Affiliations: Lei Kung the Thunderer;
he may have been familiar to the Yu-Ti (Nu-An) and the Lung Wang/Dragon Kings
Enemies: Daniel Rand
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: K'un-Lun city, K'un-Lun dimension
First Appearance: Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#3 (August, 2014)
Powers/Abilities: Lean and sinewy, Kheng had some unspecified level of training and expertise in the martial arts.
He was bold, but completely intolerant of weakness/cowardice, and he was willing to be very hurtful, even mocking recently lost relatives.
Height: Unrevealed; perhaps 5'6"
Weight: Unrevealed; perhaps 60 lbs.
Eyes: Unrevealed (likely brown)
History: See comments
(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#3 (fb) - BTS) - As one of the students training under Lei Kung the Thunderer, Kheng sparred with the newly arrived Daniel Rand. Under the watchful eye of the Yu-Ti (Nu-An) and the Dragon Kings/Lung Wang/Yama Kings, Kheng knocked down Daniel.
(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#3 (fb)) - As Kheng taunted Daniel as baby, telling him to get up, Yu-Ti expressed his displeasure at the new arrival's weaknesses and questioned Lei Kung. Kheng responded out of turn, telling Yu-Ti "Snowflake can't keep up...he doesn't belong here...he's not one of us."
Lei Kung demanded Kheng to bite his tongue, as this was an arena of men, and no place for squabbling children. After Daniel begged to go home, Yu-Ti was appalled and instructed the Thunderer to "let the young Kheng sharpen his teeth on this whelp. At least then he might have some purpose."
When Lei Kung instructed Daniel that the Yu-Ti had offered him a chance to display courage, Kheng bragged that he was about to make Daniel's dreams come true by "sending him home...in a wooden box."
Kheng taunted Daniel -- who had been forced forward by Lei Kung -- as pathetic and promised to destroy him. When Daniel begged Kheng to stop, Kheng smashed him to the ground with a dropkick and then taunted his fallen foe to beg for his life. Lei Kung decided that Daniel was done, and the Yu-Ti and the Lung Wang departed, but Kheng continued to taunt Daniel, "Stupid orphan couldn't stop a bunch of dogs from turning his mother into breakfast...how were you ever going to face an immortal. If you miss her so much, maybe we should you back into the snow and reunite you with whatever's left in the wolves' hot droppings."
Enraged by what Kheng had said about his mother, Daniel leapt to his feet, punched down Kheng, and then brutally beat him.
Comments: Created by Kaare Kyle Andrews.
Noteworthy that Daniel Rand was in K'un-Lun for a decade before returning to Earth, and he has been active on Earth as Iron Fist for around 10 years now, so the encounter with Kheng would be about 20 years ago. Who knows what his subsequent life brought Kheng?
I have to question
the story-telling when a youth trained in the highest level of Kung Fu
from childhood by the best of the best gets the crap kicked out of them
by an angry child with no training. Yeah, great "Karate Kid"
moment...but apparently talent and discipline aren't important?
I guess we can palliate this by assuming Kheng wasn't very good...perhaps Kheng was the worst of Lei Kung's group, and Lei Kung sent him against Daniel to give Daniel a sporting chance? That's the only that makes sense in my mind.
Profile by Snood.
Kheng should be distinguished from:
images: (without ads)
Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#3, pg. 9, panel 1 (tiny, distant);
panel 5 (knees and up, slightly oblique);
panel 7-8 (punching at and then kicking Daniel);
pg. 10, panel 3-7 (taunting and then being beaten by Daniel)
Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#3 (August, 2014) - Kaare Kyle Andrews (writer and artist), Jake Thomas (editor)
First posted: 04/8/2018
Last updated: 04/8/2018
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