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– by Tim Jousma

STORY BY

David Walker

ART BY

Sanford Greene

COLORS BY

Lee Loughridge

LETTERS BY

Clayton Cowles

COVER BY

Sanford Greene, Kalman Andrasofszky, John Tyler Christopher, Theotis Jones, Chris Visions, Trevor Von Eeeden, Rachelle Rosenberg, Skottie Young 

PUBLISHER

Marvel Comics

Synopsis:

The semi dynamic duo is back together. Well, sort of! Luke Cage, aka Power Man, and Danny Rand, the Iron Fist, reunite to help recently released con and ex Heroes for Hire receptionist Jennie get back a family heirloom but will this be a one time reunion or is Heroes for Hire back in business?

Review:

“Power Man and Iron Fist” reads the way someone feels when they haven’t really hung out with a friend in awhile. David Walker creates this sensation that we haven’t really been around these heroes in a long time, but that’s ok because it feels like just yesterday we right there with them beating up bad guys as Heroes for Hire. This is where Sandford Greene’s stylistic vision gives the book a throwback look while still maintaining a sharp intensity that melds perfectly with Walker’s witty dialogue. Luke and Danny are our buddies, and we are here to enjoy the ride as they go on “One Last Job” to help an old acquaintance.  

Not a single panel is wasted in the book as the story keeps moving, and we even get a surprise scene with a well known Marvel villain to boot! The team of Walker and Greene leave you wanting more and immediately send this series into “must get” status!

The Hey!: Walker’s humor is on point, and although despite it being far more comedic than past versions of Danny Rand, the Iron Fist here fits perfect with Luke Cage’s grumpy but lovable personality. Excellent art from Sanford Greene also helps as dialogue isn’t even needed to understand what these characters are thinking and feeling.

The Eh!:  A buddy action comedy book is not going to be for everyone, and die hard Luke Cage or Iron Fist fans might feel a little alienated with this less serious take on the characters.

The What?!: Getting to read Luke Cage’s new “harsh language” as he tries to curb his vocabulary for the sake of his young daughter.

Who should read this series?: If you’re at all excited about the recent Luke Cage appearance in Jessica Jones on Netflix and want a fresh take on the character, or your interest has been piqued about an Iron Fist series, then this is a great jumping on point. Old school readers will get a kick at the new stylish vision Walker is taking with these characters.

Why should you buy this book?: Aside from awesome artwork and great humor, this is an excellent starting point with little to zero need to know the back story of either of these characters.

SCORE: B+