Review: Power Man and Iron Fist #1

Power_Man_and_Iron_Fist_1_CoverLuke Cage and Danny Rand, Marvel’s original bromance are back! Writer David Walker and artist Sanford Greene team up to bring you a brand new tale of the brawler with unbreakable skin and the kung fu fighter in Power Man and Iron Fist.

The years may have caused this titanic twosome to drift apart, but when an old friend comes to them in need, the boys are back! Old friends, new enemies, hired goons, crime lords, weird magic, plenty of power, a flurry of fists and more bromance than you can handle await inside.

Yes, all of that is in this first issue that is filled with awesomeness and is beyond entertaining. I had high expectations going in to Power Man and Iron Fist #1, and Walker and Greene delivered.

I’ve been a long time fan of this pairing, enjoying their various adventures over the years, but a lot has been covered when it comes to these two. Walker does an impressive job of continuing things in a natural way, while updating the pair a bit as well. Both have had their worlds shifted a bit, especially since Luke Cage is married with a child and not wanting to do the whole hero thing anymore. But, what Walker does subtlety is use that to give us a good inclination of where things are at with these two. Cage is more of a family man, no longer swearing or trying to fight. Rand is still a playboy. It’s obvious they’ve drifted apart a bit. It’s realistic and an honest portrayal, one I’ve experienced myself.

What I especially like is the banter between the two, which Walker has down pat. It flows nicely and reminds me a lot of what you might see in a buddy cop film, but it doesn’t slide into an artificial discussion. Instead it feels organic and something actual friends would say to each other.

Walker also seems to be setting up an interesting discussion about prison and transitioning back into society once your time is up. Hopefully that is explored more, as it could make for a fascinating comic series.

The story too is solid picking up a storyline from years ago, one I had to Google to remind myself, but it’s not vital for those who are new to the series. The issue is all set up and reminding us where these two are with their lives.

The art by Sanford Greene is solid and very unique, and mixed with Lee Loughridge‘s colors, the style is modern and throwback at the same time. I dig the design work, it’s very unique and Danny and Luke very much have their differences in look. Luke is much bulkier, more like an exaggerated bouncer, while Danny is rather thin. People might be divided on the style, but I really enjoy it, and it works especially well in the action fight scenes.

As I said earlier, I had high expectations going in to this one and it delivered. The All-New, All-Different Marvel has been very hit and miss for me, and this one is an absolute hit. Can’t wait for the second issue and to see what Walker and Greene have in store for us.

Story: David Walker Art: Sanford Greene
Story: 8.3 Art: 8.3 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review