I’ve been reading comics a long time. I remember reading a good bit of the original run of Power Man and Iron Fist. I’ve always enjoyed the pair, and their odd friendship. The new title has been enjoyable, and I’m happy they are back together. The current issue is a really fine piece of writing.
Managing to mostly stay out of the seemingly-endless Civil War II, this book has been dealing with a group of vigilantes that are using strange Ipod-style devices with a souped up facial recognition program. It has guided them to some criminals, but also a lot of reformed ones, who they attacked and imprisoned anyway.
Our heroes have defeated at least most of those bad guys, but they are taking things a step further. They don’t know who was behind the gadgets, and they are going to keep working on finding that out. They also don’t like how people who shouldn’t have been were put in jail, so they call a meeting with a lot of the current Marvel heroes based in and around New York and fill them in on what’s going on. It’s a nice touch a lot of books would ignore. Around the edges are some touches with some of their old foes, and it ends with the reveal of who is behind the gadgets.
Plot: I actually feel bad for David Walker. He’s using two heroes with a long history, but recent popularity thanks to Netflix. It’s a hard line to draw, using some of the characters from the show who haven’t been around the comics for years. The meeting with other heroes was a clever idea, as was Luke and Danny giving themselves their new mission. I’ll go 4 out of 5 for plot.
Art: I don’t love the art, but I don’t hate it. Luke has gradually gone form a big guy to ridiculously huge. Not the current artist’s fault, I just don’t like it. It’s a decent look for the book, although I miss Danny’s traditional costume. I’ll give it a 3 out of 5 for art.
Positives: This is a fun book. It’s not over the top goofy, like Deadpool or Harley Quinn, but it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Luke and Danny are great together, and I like that they’re following up on what just happened.
Negatives: One of my personal favorite grey area characters seems to be going bad again in this book, which I’m not wild about. The recent weird take on Jessica Jones in her own book seems to have dropped her completely from this one. It’s like Jessica is in her own version of the Marvel Universe, and she was part of this book at the beginning.
It was a good issue of an entertaining book. I’m so glad these two are back together, and I expect I’m here for the duration.
Power Man and Iron Fist #10
Writer: David Walker
Artist: Sandford Greene
Colorist: Lee Loughridge
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover: Sandford Greene