Power Man and Iron Fist #1
Written by David Walker
Drawn by Sanford Greene
Colored by Lee Loughridge
Published by Marvel Comics
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I haven’t read much of the original Power Man and Iron Fist comics from the ’70’s, but I’m a big fan of the concept, especially the way the characters relate in modern Marvel comics.  So needless to say, I’m onboard with Power Man and Iron Fist’s 2016 incarnation.
In the Marvel tradition, this is a getting the band back together sort of story, but while it builds on older continuity, it didn’t leave me lost.  Years ago, Jennie Royce was the office manager for Luke Cage and Danny Rand, the Heroes for Hire.  When she was tried for killing her ex-boyfriend, they did everything they could to help, but she was still convicted.  Released from prison, the former partners reunite to meet her at the ferry.  Luke has moved on since then, and has started a family.  Danny is still fighting crime by night as Iron Fist.  When Jennie asks them for a favor, the return of a necklace she says was stolen by gangsters, they get pulled back into street-level crime-fighting.  And while Danny is happy to relive his glory days, Luke is less enthusiastic.
While Walker is setting up a nice little crime story, what really sells it is Greene’s art.  He uses design and body language to give reinforce the plot and sell the characters.  Even something as simple as putting Danny in his Iron Fist jumpsuit while leaving Luke in his vest and collared shirt says volumes about where these characters are and what they want.  I particularly like the way flashbacks were drawn.  They hover in the negative space above the figures, and it is both unusual and effective.
Power Man and Iron Fist #1 tells a nice little crime tale, while setting up a larger story to come.  Check it out on Comixology or in your local comics shop.

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