Adam reads as many comics as he can afford. He missed reviewing them while he tries to write up his PhD thesis, so every other week he’ll be reviewing one, with potential minor spoilers.
I had wanted to review the first issue of Power Man and Iron Fist when it came out a few weeks ago, but I was incredibly ill that week and any available typing ability had to be dedicated to work whenever I could. So I thought I’d take the opportunity to review issue #2 (and the fact that I picked it up probably indicates I rather enjoyed the first one). Power Man and Iron Fist was written by David Walker, with art by Sanford Greene, colours by Lee Loughridge and letters from VC’s Clayton Cowles, published by Marvel Comics.
Years after they last teamed up, Heroes for Hire Luke Cage and Danny Rand, A.K.A. Power Man and Iron Fist, have joined forces to help their old office assistant Jennie. This led to them taking the Supersoul Stone from crime boss Lonnie ‘Tombstone’ Lincoln, and now he’s mad. He’s sending word out that he wants it back, and wants to know who sent Cage and Rand after it in the first place. Now it’s up to the Heroes for Hire to figure out what is going on, and what Jennie has to do with it.
Prior to this series I had never read any Heroes for Hire stuff, but with even with a bare-bones understanding of the characters and their world, Walker makes it incredibly easy to dive into Power Man and Iron Fist and enjoy the story. The dialogue between Luke and Danny is light hearted, snappy and fun, with the contrast between the former experiencing reticence at teaming up again and the latter’s enthusiastic naivety really selling the characters’ history. I thought that the pair would remain in the dark for a little longer, so I found the pace of the plot very refreshing as they are essentially back on the job so quickly (much to Luke, and Jessica Jones’s chagrin).
Greene’s art is initially what drove me to this series from previews and the covers that I saw before release, and it doesn’t disappoint on any level. There is something totally unique about it, jumping between excellent and hilarious facial expressions (largely Luke looking incredulous) and kinetic, gorgeous fight scenes as Danny and Luke tear apart anyone looking for the stone. Loughridge’s washed out colours finish off the tone very well, giving the book a retro vibe that works very well with the classic street level crime story taking place.
Power Man and Iron Fist has very quickly become one of my favourite comics not just from Marvel, but on the stands in general. Walker, Sanford, Loughridge and Cowles have produced a fresh and unique book that’s unlike anything else I’m reading, and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Check it out at your LCS or digitally now!
Score: 9 Fiddle Faddles out of 10