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COMIC REVIEW: Power Man & Iron Fist #1

By Shane Frasier

COMIC REVIEW: Power Man & Iron Fist #1

Writer: David F. Walker

Artist: Sanford Greene

$3.99

Marvel

 

Power Man and Iron Fist are like the ‘buddy cop’ team in the Marvel Comic Universe. Since the 70’s, these two have fought side by side, complementing each others fighting style and personalities like peanut butter and jelly. They’re a staple, we’re familiar with them and that’s great. It’s this familiarity and ease at which they’re presented to us in Power Man & Iron Fist #1 that makes this book work so well.

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COMIC REVIEW: Power Man & Iron Fist #1

The comic introduces us to the power couple instantly (That really should be their new moniker: The Power Couple), hanging out and relaying adventures long past. Danny (AKA Iron Fist) seems to be yearning for the good old days, looking to get back into crime fighting (or just fighting, in general). Luke Cage (AKA Power Man) is happy with his quaint life, his significant other, Jessica (AKA Jessica Jones) not so much a fan of Danny as she is tolerant of him. She fears for Lukes possible allure back into the world of crime fighting, something Danny comedically prods him into exploring again from time to time.

Things instantly take a turn when they show up to pick up their friend Jennie Royce, formally an Office Manager for The Heroes For Hire – which Power Man and COMIC REVIEW: Power Man & Iron Fist #1Iron Fist were a part of – and now, convicted killer. They take her to a diner and speak with her, they apologize for not visiting her as much as they should have in prison, which is always the surefire way to basically point out said person as a character of interest, usually not for the better.

Jennie convinces the two to take up a job, one last act to make up for the years they neglected her in prison. She asks them to collect a necklace, which belonged to her family. What seems like a relatively simple task leads them to the doorstep of the ever-alluring Marvel villain, Tombstone. Thanks to Walkers taught writing, even Tombstone seems like a man who has seen his glory days come and go, although he’s still a crime lord. What starts out as a mutual sign of respect exchange of dialogue between the two, Mainly Cage and Tombstone, since Danny is prompted to shut his big mouth, turns into, what else? A fight.

Greene’s art style feels part unfinished sketch, part Gorillaz album artwork. It’s very loose, which compliments the fresh approach to superhero storytelling they’ve got going on here in Power Man & Iron Fist. In an age where everything has to use the terms ‘gritty’ and ‘realistic’ to get any headway, it’s nice to know this story uses realism not as a ploy to get readers interested, but as an actual building block to form a basis for a story arc.

FBI Score: 8.5 out of 10. Power Man and Iron Fist #1 is a solid introduction to familiar characters, but with a funny and realistic approach. While it tends to get bogged down by it’s own melodrama here or there, it doesn’t wash away the intriguing mesh of genres they have working for them.