Review: Power Man and Iron Fist #14
Our favorite Heroes for Hire are back in action and doing the damn thing that makes us love their tongue in cheek personas and kick ass action panels. In Power Man and Iron Fist #14, writer David F. Walker has Danny and Luke trying to save Harlem from a demon possessed Alex Wilder and his attempts to reestablish the crime family, The Pride.
The issue starts off with a glimpse into the villain’s lair and master plot, saving our heroes for a few pages so that when they show up there’s a nice sigh of “hells yeah” and a sense that it’s bout to go down. Luke and Danny aren’t alone, they’ve got an assist from Senor Magico and, they’re all serving up all the campy classic fun that we’ve all grown to love. This issue also gives us some short but, engaging cameos from some of our fave villain foes and all of these tiny stories give the reader a glimpse at the big picture.
Sanford Greene and Lee Loughridge serve up some serious pulp comic, B-movie style artwork keeping up the style tradition of the characters. But, they also add a bit of a modern and more stylized twist into the mix making each panel seem fresh and inspired.
If you want a fun, engaging romp through Harlem complete with maniacal bad guys, blaxploitation style heroes, possessed junkies and some serious zombie action, then this is the comic for you. It’s got some social undertones, smart dialogue, great action, a good story and it’s well worth a look. This issue on its own is a page turner full of engaging characters, well-defined villains with clear motives and some reasonable shades of gray characters. The lines are drawn in this issue so that you can root for the heroes but, to also give the reader a sense of tension with all the body snatching going on. Extra points given for the modern pop culture references being spoken with the old school art that serves as the backdrop. I have a feeling that it will only keep getting better and I’m here for it.
Story: David F. Walker Art: Sanford Greene Color: Lee Loughridge
Story: 8.8 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy
Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review.