Written By: David Walker
Art By: Sanford Greene
Color Art By: Lee Loughridge
With a lot of the recently relaunched Marvel titles finally gaining steam (namely the X-Men books), I’ve been finally getting in a groove with the company line. Due to that, if a new number one is coming out, other than the upcoming Black Panther and Black Widow, I’ll probably miss it. After listening to an interview with Sanford Greene, I was sold on giving Power Man and Iron Fist a shot. I will say, it’s very unique; inserting an important voice in the Marvel universe.
Honestly, the few books I read written by David Walker haven’t been my thing. With that in mind, I was a little trepidatious about this one. Thankfully, he gave my worries ease very quickly with this issue. While the story isn’t the most innovative, in which a new Heroes For Hire team up to give an old friend a favor which isn’t as black and white as thought, the really impressive piece of this book is the voice that Walker expresses. Over the past decade or so, Luke Cage’s voice has been driven by Brian Michael Bendis, who’s style sometimes seems over the top. Here, Walker portrays Luke Cage as a much more human character, but maintains a language that was modern and authentic. Cage just seemed like the New Yorker he is. The scene between him and gangster Tombstone was a specific high point for me. When comics are, by nature, not really natural in terms of dialogue, this felt different. On top of that, the take on Danny Rand isn’t one I’ve necessarily seen, but I love it. He’s a mixture of the quippy nature of Peter Parker, but the swagger of Tony Stark. Even when being clearly annoying, when you’re feeling Luke Cage’s plight when trying to get Danny to cease his rambling, Danny remains incredibly endearing. Overall, these heroes are people you’re going to walk away caring about. Luke portrayed as a grounded, every man who’s an incredible father, and Danny, who despite having some money, maintains a sense of normalcy.
Sanford Greene is a special talent. Immediately after opening the book, the art sucks you in. He embraces a kinetic style we see in guys like Matteo Scalera, while putting on a cartooning clinic as well. As Greene says himself, he wanted to portray Luke as a huge guy. Cage has been seen as just a really strong guy in recent years; here, he’s enormous to non human levels. And that makes sense, in this comic world of superheroes, it’s nice to embrace the fantastical, even with grounded characters. The rendering of Danny Rand is a great yang to Cage’s yin in that he’s an almost stick like small guy, yet he’s still clearly capable. The storytelling is off the charts, where Greene once again embraces the fantastical in facial work. Lee Loughridge continues his run of solid coloring work here as well. The color palette seems like a gold fall evening in Brooklyn. I know that’s oddly specific, but good on him for being able to evoke that feeling for this book, which allows us to be sucked into the setting.
The second issue has become an easy buy for me. I can see the story will really get going in the next chapter (with a character reveal finishing this issue) and I’m all in on Sanford Greene art.
4 Fiddle Faddle Favors out of 5