swanson-brenda-meachum-gunswanson-brenda-meachum-face-dressedupBRENDA SWANSON

Real Name: Brenda Swanson (presumably)

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Unrevealed

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Gork (a manifestation of Shou-Lao the Undying), Detective Li, Pei; unspecified tutors in various martial arts; unspecified fellow soldiers in the Syrian dictator's regime
    formerly
Daniel Rand-K'ai (aka Iron Fist), Syrian Kurdish rebel army soldiers;
    she met Fooh and Sparrow, and had indirectly aided their efforts againt Davos and the One, but she also only briefly met them, with minimal interaction

Enemies: Crane Mother's daughters, Davos (aka Steel Serpent), Daniel Rand-K'ai (aka Iron Fist), spider-creature, the One, the One's undead/zombie cyborg ninjas, Terror Priests, Zhu-Rong;
    formerly
unspecified soldiers in the Syrian dictator's regime

Known Relatives: Unidentified mother (deceased), Harold Meachum (father), Joy Meachum (half-sister), Ward Meachum (half-brother), Syrian Kurdish rebel army soldiers

Aliases: "Friend of Fist" (nickname by Pei)
    Mistakenly called Barbie, Christie, & Karyn by Daniel Rand (Iron Fist)

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    formerly Manhattan, New York (spent three months splitting her time between her own place and Daniel Rand's);
    formerly Syria;
    formerly Israel;
    formerly Brazil;
    formerly Greece;
    formerly Thailand;
    formerly her mother's (presumably) New York residence

First Appearance: Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#1 (June, 2014)swanson-brenda-meachum-full-tiny

Powers/Abilities: Brenda is highly trained and skilled in numerous martial arts, including Jiujitsu, Krav Maga, Muay Thai, and Pankration. She is also experienced in the use of firearms, both handguns and rifles, and in military actions. She considers herself an expert in killing.

    She is exceptionally fast and strong with very quick reflexes. She was able to diable and tear the arms off of the monstrous spider-creature.

    She also carries a taser.

Height: Unrevealed (she looked to be pretty close to the 5'11" Danny Rand in height, so perhaps 5'9")
Weight: Unrevealed (perhaps 135 lbs.; lean but muscular)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Blonde

History:

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#12 (fb)) - Brenda's mother became pregnant during an affair with wealthy and married businessman Harold Meachum.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#12 (fb)) - Upon seeing the infant Brenda, Harold apparently fell in love with the baby girl and promised to leave his own family for Brenda and her mother...as soon as he returned from his business trip with his partner.swanson-brenda-meachum-infant

(Marvel Premiere I#18 (fb) - BTS / Marvel Premiere I#18 (fb) - BTS) - Unbeknownst to Brenda's mother, Harold trip was with Daniel, Wendell, and Heather Rand, with the latter two perishing, Daniel being brought into K'un-Lun to become Iron Fist, and Harold losing both of his legs.

(Marvel Premiere I#18 (fb) - BTS / Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#12 (fb)) - Although Harold eventually returned to New York, he was obsessed with the idea that Daniel would seek vengeance on him for his role in Wendell and Heather's deaths.

(
Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#12 (fb) - BTS) - Harold said something to Brenda's mother that gutted her emotionally. They never heard from him again, and he cut them out of his life.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#12 (fb) - BTS) - Brenda watched her mother slowly die for 10 years.

(Marvel Premiere I#18 - BTS) - Although the adult Daniel Rand, now Iron Fist, spared Harold Meachum, Harold was instead slain by the mysterious Ninja.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#12 (fb) - BTS) - Two days later, on her deathbed, Brenda's mother made Brenda promise to even the score, no matter what it took to do so.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#12 (fb)) - Brenda took the small fortune Harold had left Brenda and her mother and spent every cent of it training to kill. swanson-brenda-meachum-martialswanson-brenda-meachum-war

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#12 (fb) - BTS) - Brenda trained in Muay Thai in Thailand.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#12 (fb) - BTS) - Brenda trained in Pankration in Greece.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#12 (fb) - BTS) - Brenda trained in Jiujitsu in Brazil.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#12 (fb) - BTS) - Brenda trained in firearms and Krav Maga in Israel.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#12 (fb) - BTS) - When the money ran out, Brenda spent two years fighting with Kurdish forces in Syria.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#12 (fb) - BTS) - Unconcerned with politics, Brenda spent another year fighting with the Syrian dictator's regime.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#12 (fb) - BTS) - Brenda focused on the most complete and modern tactics of death, and she planned everything meticulously until she was ready to avenge the death of her father.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#1 (fb) - BTS) - Feeling stuck in a rut and unable to sleep, Danny Rand decided to try some romance.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#4 (fb) - BTS) - Posing as a reporter, Brenda arranged an interview with Danny Rand.swanson-brenda-meachum-face-gun

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#6 (fb)) - Brenda prepared for her date with Danny Rand, reminding herself to talk about the kids at Rand's school. When she questioned what she was doing, she reminded herself that this was everything she ever wanted and that she just had to make Danny feel the same way.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#8 (fb)) - As Brenda stood inside a restaurant, Danny walked by and initially mistook her to be his mother. Seeing Danny, Brenda stepped outside, noting she wasn't sure he saw her, reintroduced herself, and told him she would get them a table.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#1) - Brenda went out on a date with Danny Rand, chatting constantly during dinner at a restaurant at least partially to make up for his lack of conversation. She accompanied him in his limousine back to his apartment.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#4 (fb)) - That night, in bed, Brenda became frustrated with Danny for being aloof and despondent; she agreed to stay if he would finish their interview, learning of his relationships with his parents, but sidestepping questions about her own family. She later criticized his spending time and money on teaching Kung Fu to kids when he could be putting it into creating jobs, and -- while teaching her Kung Fu at her request -- he explained how he was teaching kids how to find a path in what otherwise seemed to be only locked doors in front of them. Seemingly carried away in the struggle, she kicked him in the head and subsequently hit him with her tazer, mocking his argument about it not being fair; when she tried to get him again, he removed the device's batteries before she struck. He then put his moves on her, making her feel all tingly...

    Later that night, Danny had a nightmare and then visions about his mother, leading him to run to the bathroom and throw up. When he came out, he warned her she needed to leave as she was in danger by being near him and could get hurt, but she instead encouraged him to more romance...after he brushed his teeth.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#12 (fb) - BTS) - At some point during their first night together, Brenda fell in love with Danny.

    Realizing that killing Danny would never be enough, Brenda resolved to make him fall in love with her so that she could hurt him by killing herself.


(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#1) - Brenda slept for awhile but awakened to find Danny still up. She began to suggest what he needed, but, sensing a pair of apache helicopters descending rapidly, Danny leapt through the window to draw them away from Brenda.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#1 (fb) - BTS) - While Danny took out the helicopters and many of the descending ninja, a cyborg (or robot) creature entered his apartment and grabbed Brenda by the neck.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#1) - When Danny returned the cyborg asked where was the girl, and it pummeled Danny when he failed to summon his Iron Fist power. Having not cared to remember her name, he told "Debbie" to run; as she corrected him and called him a jerk, the cyborg hurled her against the wall. As it raised its sword over Brenda and again demanded the girl, Danny kicked its head off, incapacitating it. When his Iron Fist power re-ignited, he noted it to be weird, and she angrily asked why that weird, but that the "zombie robot" that almost cut her into sushi was not. He told "Barbie" to calm down and she slapped him, correcting her name and spelling it out again before she was surprised by and called out for Danny to look out as another cloaked figure approached behind him. Danny barely stopped himself in time from striking the young girl, Pei (Brenda realized that this was "the girl" the cyborg had sought). Pei barely had time to relay the message that he needed to "get bak" before she collapsed from collapsing, with four arrows having penetrated her backpack, at least.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#2) - As Brenda panicked, Daniel told her the injured girl was stable and instructed her to call 9-1-1; she was upset when she realized he was going to leave (as he knew he had to head back to K'un-Lun), and she was further irritated when he called her "Karyn" in the process. She called 9-1-1 and called for an ambulance, though she rambled somewhat.

    Brenda remained on the phone as the ambulance was en route, and when Pei repeatedly spoke the word "egg," Brenda thought "little kung fu girl" was hungry and worried that she couldn't cook. Brenda was also disturbed as the cyborg that had previously attacked her burst into flame.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#3 (fb) - BTS) - Brenda gave a report of her encounter with the attackers.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#3) - At Marion M. Graham Hospital, Brenda was watching over Pei when Detective Li arrived and asked her to step outside to discuss her encounters. Brenda reaffirmed what she had previously discussed, explaining specifically how the zombie cyborg had smelled and that it had been asking for the girl, not for Daniel Rand. As Li tried to assure Brenda they would keep her safe, one of the Terror Priests smashed through the ceiling as a result of a fight between the Crane Mother's Daughters and the Terror Priests, both of whom sought Pei.

    Li ordered Brenda to get to the exits, assuring her that was the best thing she could do. Brenda was torn about what to do until she saw Pei running down the hall, and she followed Pei. Following Pei down the stairs, Brenda tried to convince Pei to stay there where the police could protect her, but Pei argued that the police were no help. The wall suddenly shattered behind them and a she-spider-demon-thing emerged, seeking Pei. Hearing the creature's taunts and threats, Brenda asked Pei if she was right that this lady did not seem friendly, and Pei corrected her that that was no lady.
spider-creature-kun-lun-ilf5-fallen.jpgspider-creature-kun-lun-ilf5-vs-brenda

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#5) - As the spider-thing approached, Brenda tried to prevent Pei from confronting it, ultimately tackling Pei out of the way when the spider-thing dove for her. Brenda then leapt atop the spider-thing, mocking the seeming advantage of its extra limbs as just one more thing to hold onto. Swinging the spider-thing to the ground, Brenda tore off two its arms, taunting it in the process.

    When Davos arrived, Brenda ordered Pei to run.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#5 (fb) - BTS) - Davos and his Terror Priests apparently incapacitated Brenda and went after Pei.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#5) - Brenda revived as Detective Li and the other officers arrived, noting how she couldn't stop them and that they were after Pei.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#6) - Detective Li and the police followed as Brenda raced to catch up with Pei

    When they finally caught up, they found Pei in the hands of Davos. Though Brenda advised Li to be careful, when Davos seemed to level a weapon, the police opened fire on Davos; wounded, Davos extended cybernetic weaponry that drained the lives of the other police, leaving only Li and Brenda alive.

    After Davos departed with Pei, Brenda advised Li to get up and stop crying, as they had to see this to the finish.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#7) - With Detective Li, Brenda watched Rand Tower with a pair of binocculars. While Li complained that his family still thought he was dead, Brenda advised him that if the bad guys found out he wasn't dead then he would be soon enough.

    As Brenda advised him that their opponents had left no witnesses back at the hospital, Mr. Miller, thrown out of the top of the Rand Tower by Davos at the One's request, crashed into a car on the streets beside them. As Li prepared to call in their findings to the rest of the police, Brenda told him they only had one chance to save Pei and there could be no mistakes, so they couldn't call in anyone for help. As "they" collected the body, she shushed Li, telling them they didn't have much time.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#9 (fb)) - Brenda was captured and imprisoned in a stasis tank at the bottom of Rand Tower alongside Pei, their chi used to power the One.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#9) - After Iron Fist was smashed into the basement by the One, the Fooh urged Daniel to take some of the chi for himself, which he painfully did.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#10) - After the One stole the chi Daniel had harnessed, Brenda and Detective Li were released. Li asked if she was OK, and Brenda complained about a headache before crying out for Pei.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#11) - As Zhu-Rong, the god of fire unwittingly summoned by the One's efforts to open a portal to the realm of the dead, smashed down the One, Brenda asked "Kung-Fu Girl" if she was OK. When Davos attempted to flee alongside the Terror Priests, Brenda and Detective Li rallied behind Pei and Gork to stop him.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#11 (fb) - BTS) - Via the One's connection to Rand Tower and to the chi of the K'un-Lun residents within it, Daniel animated the entire Rand Tower into an immense humanoid form and attacking Zhu-Rong.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#11) - As Zhu-Rong lashed out, incinerating the police confronting it, Daniel and the One assaulted assaulted Zhu-Rong via the animated building.

    However, when Davos, desperate to convince the others to flee with him, slew the young Gork, Daniel lost the power to control the building.

    Brenda stood helplessly as
Davos, desperate to convince the others to flee with him, slew the young Gork, and Daniel lost the power to control the building; Zhu-Rong then destroyed the building-robot.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#11 - BTS) - Daniel then used his Iron Fist to make Zhu-Rong explode like a star going super-nova; the energies released transformed Pei into a new Iron Fist, and she smashed Davos into or through the wall.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#11) - Brenda watched in shock as Pei's hands glowed with energy.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#12) - Brenda asked how Pei was and assured her that Daniel was find. When Daniel emerged from Zhu-Rong's corpse/godstuff, naked and dripping with slime, but fully healed,  Brenda rushed over and dove onto him, wrapping her arms and legs around him, kissing him despite the warning that he may taste like god brain.

    When the Fooh emerged shortly thereafter, Brenda wondered who the strange little man was, confirming that Fooh was now back to life and seen by those around him. Brenda remained silent as Sparrow took the rest of her people and returned to K-un-Lun while instructing Daniel to train Pei.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#12 (fb) - BTS) - Brenda spent "half the time" at Daniel's apartment. swanson-brenda-meachum-kick-danny

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#12) - Three months after the battle with Zhu-Rong, Brenda and Daniel went out on a date, but when he told her he was falling for her and wanted to make things more permanent, she reminded him that they had never finished their interview and that when you started something, you had to finish it, no matter what.

    She then attacked him, and while Daniel dodged or withstood her attacks, he tried to tell her that he didn't care what her past was as he cared for her for who she was. She knocked him out a window and continued to assault him, and when he told her he loved her, she pulled a gun on him.

    After revealing her full history, Brenda explained her resolution to make her fall in love with him and then put the gun to her head and fired. However, using his Iron Fist power, he caught and stopped the bullet.

    Kneeling on ground, Brenda noted that she had given up her whole life for this one thing and wondered what she was supposed to do now.

    As she walked away, she told him that it was a mistake not to kill him. Danny considered telling her to stay and to live in the now, but he recognized the look in her eyes and knew that she wasn't ready to listen, so he let her go.

Comments: Created by Kaare Kyle Andrews.

    Brenda's origin notes her fighting with Assad's regime. Even though it's been active from 1971-2000 with Hafez al-Assad and his son Bashar Gafez al-Assad from 2000 through the present, "Assad's regime" will presumably become a topical reference at some point.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Brenda Swanson
should be distinguished from:


swanson-brenda-meachum-mom&haroldBrenda's mother
presumably Mrs. Swanson

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#12 (fb)) - Brenda's mother was a cleaner for wealthy and married Harold Meachum. She was pretty, and he was restless, leading to their having an affair; they were careful, but not careful enough, and she became pregnant.

    Brenda's mother came to Harold, not seeking money or help, but because she loved him; however, Harold only offered her money. She tore of his check, certain she could change Harold's mind, once the child was born.

    Upon seeing the infant Brenda, Harold apparently fell in love with the baby girl and promised to leave his own family for Brenda and her mother...as soon as he returned from his business trip with his partner.

(Marvel Premiere I#18 (fb) - BTS / Marvel Premiere I#18 (fb) - BTS) - Unbeknownst to Brenda's mother, Harold trip was with Daniel, Wendell, and Heather Rand, with the latter two perishing, Daniel being brought into K'un-Lun to become Iron Fist, and Harold losing both of his legs.

(Marvel Premiere I#18 (fb) - BTS / Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#12 (fb)) - Although Harold eventually returned to New York, he was obsessed with the idea that Daniel would seek vengeance on him for his role in Wendell and Heather's deaths.

(
Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#12 (fb) - BTS) - Harold said something to Brenda's mother that gutted her emotionally. They never heard from him again, and he cut them out of his life.swanson-brenda-meachum-mom&youngbrenda

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#12 (fb) - BTS) - Brenda watched her mother slowly die for 10 years.

(Marvel Premiere I#18 - BTS) - Although the adult Daniel Rand, now Iron Fist, spared Harold Meachum, Harold was instead slain by the mysterious Ninja.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#12 (fb) - BTS) - On her deathbed, Brenda's mother

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#12 (fb) - BTS) - Two days later, on her deathbed, Brenda's mother made Brenda promise to even the score, no matter what it took to do so.

   
Brenda's mother then died, her broken heart unable to bear it any longer.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#12 (fb)) - Brenda took the small fortune Harold had left Brenda and her mother and spent every cent of it training to kill.


--Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#12

Note: While we never saw the mother's face, she clearly had long blonde hair, and she was close to Harold Meachum's height, at least in heels.

images: (without ads)
Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#5, pg. 4, panel 3-4 (fighting spider-creature);
    #6, pg. 2, panel 8 (face with gun);
    #12, story pg. 7, panel 5 (full, distant, black dress);
       pg. 8, panel 7 (face/upper, dressed up);
       pg. 9, panel 1 (kicking at Danny);
       pg. 13, panel 6 (thighs up, with gun);
       pg. 14, panel 1 (mother, with Harold Meachum);
          panel 3 (baby Brenda);
       pg. 15, panel 1 (toddler Brenda and mother, distant);
          panel 4 (young Brenda training);
          panel 5 (Brenda fighting in Syria);


Appearances:
Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#1-6 (June-November, 2014) - Kaare Kyle Andrews (writer and artist), Jake Thomas (editor)
Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#7 (January, 2015) - Kaare Kyle Andrews (writer and artist), Jake Thomas (editor)
Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#8-12 (March-July, 2015) - Kaare Kyle Andrews (writer and artist), Jake Thomas (editor)


First posted: 05/30/2020
Last updated: 08/27/2020

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