Review – POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #1
Power Man and Iron Fist #1
Written by David Walker
Art by Sanford Greene and Lee Loughridge
The boys are back together… sort of. Luke Cage, aka Power Man, is reluctantly brought back together with his old Heroes for Hire partner Danny Rand, aka Iron Fist, when a figure from their past returns with a very special job for them to do. Things don’t go quite as planned, but hey, the book is hilarious and definitely worth your time.
First and foremost, a book like Power Man and Iron Fist lives and dies by the relationship of the title characters. You have seen this countless times in buddy cop movies from the past. The story can be bland, the action can be just okay, but if you have the right chemistry and dialogue between your two main characters that creates an atmosphere of fun, then all those problems can be forgiven. That, essentially, is Power Man and Iron Fist #1. David Walker serves up a story here that is as about as predictable as can be. I saw the plot twist at the end coming from a mile away. Even the single action scene, while not bad, was completely unremarkable. With all of this, it is amazing that I liked this book as much as I did. I don’t care about all of that stuff. All I care about is reading more of the excellent banter between Luke and Danny. What Walker lacks in the story department he makes up entirely and then some with his character interactions. The title characters play off of each other perfectly. Every interaction is interesting, well written, and funny. Luke obviously cares about Danny, but really doesn’t want anything to do with him. Danny desperately pines for his past glory days and spends every second he can find to annoy Luke into be partners again. I could read a book where these two just sit in a room and argue the entire time and I’m pretty sure I would be happy. Even the interactions with other characters is fun to read. Jessica Jones pops up a few times here for some really effective cameos. Even a conversation with Tombstone of all characters is fun to read. Overall great stuff.
Sanford Greene and Lee Loughridge bring an art style to this book that really makes it its own. Greene is very loose with his pencil work which gives the book almost a cartoon like feel, but not too cartoony that it feels off. Loughridge enhances Greene’s pencils with some very vibrant colors. Overall, it is a style that really meshes with the tone of the book and is not bad to look at either.
Like I said before, the plot and the action scene here were very by the numbers. The book was saved by the exceptionally well written dialogue between the leads, but I would still love it if Walker upped his game in the story department. The action scene I am not too worried about. This was just the opening act and there is still plenty of room in this opening arc to see Danny and Luke tear it up. I would really like to see Greene take some chances with his layouts in further issues also. While his layouts were perfectly fine and easy to follow here, his loose style practically begs to be freed from the boxy generic layouts that are used here.
If you want a deep and engaging plot, then this isn’t the book for you. If you want to see some friends argue and make fun of each other with some really engaging dialogue then buy this book right now. Walker really gets characters of Power Man and Iron Fist and plays them off of each other to hilarious perfection. It almost reminds me of all of those great buddy cop movies from the 80’s. If Walker upped his story game and Greene took a few more chances with the art, then this would be an amazing book. Right now, though, it will just have to settle with really good.
Story: 4 out of 5
Art: 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 Fiddle Faddles out of 5