Power Man and Iron Fist #1

Power Man and Iron Fist #1

Writer: David Walker Artist: Sanford Greene Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 17, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 31 User Reviews: 14
8.5Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

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THE ORIGINAL HEROES FOR HIRE, BACK ON THE CLOCK!
We KNOW you've been waiting to see LUKE CAGE and DANNY RAND back together and back to STREET-STOMPING basics! POWER MAN and IRON FIST are tracking a mystery with all the ingredients of a classic Heroes-for-Hire tale. Expect old friends, hired goons, crime lords, weird magic, plenty of power, a flurry of fists and as much bromance as you can handle! It's Power Man and Iron Fist reunited, and writer DAVID WALKER and artist SANFORD GREENE are making it feel so GOOD!

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Feb 17, 2016

    This is a fun, funny book that takes itself just seriously enough. Ultimately, that's what I want out of a comic like this. I didn't come to this book looking for a furrow-browed rumination on politics or a bicep flexing contest. If that's what you're seeking, there are plenty of iterations of the characters available in the Marvel Universe to satisfy that need. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Feb 17, 2016

    Power Man and Iron Fist is a comic that doesn't try hard to accomplish its goals. We're so used to seeing big gimmicky action or twists to make a comic feel it has an explosive amount of energy. David Walker and Sanford Greene instead focus on telling a story with some cool characters. The interactions and actions have a natural feel to them. This subdued approach really makes you appreciate the storytelling aspect of the book. By the time you finish reading, you'll discover that the fate of the Marvel Universe may not be hanging in the balance, but you will be hooked and want to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComiConverse - Carl Waldron Feb 22, 2016

    The boys are back in town and that's a great thing for all of us. Once you are done with issue 1, you will definitely want to hire these heroes. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    We The Nerdy - Brandon Davenport Feb 16, 2016

    Either way, this was a book I was really excited for, and I am happy to say I was not let down. This is a tightly knit street level book, that leaves me begging for more. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - Gregory Paul Silber Feb 18, 2016

    Sweet Christmas. This is everything you would want out of a first issue. If you have any interest in these characters at all, or even if you've never heard of them, give Power Man and Iron Fist #1 a try. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comicsverse - markbouchard Feb 18, 2016

    Perhaps this is why Walker has already introduced a few characters from Cage's past to the new series"to lay a foundation that the Netflix series can call upon. While it may be nice for longtime readers to see the reintroduction of a handful of characters from the old HEROES FOR HIRE comics, it is important to remember that for Cage, this only serves as a reminder that no matter how much he grows, he will always be haunted by the ghosts of his past. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Feb 18, 2016

    How good is Power Man and Iron Fist? Let me put it this way: if Greene, Loughridge, and Walker were looking to recapture the vigor of the early-Seventies, the days when a comic book cost 35 cents, John Shaft walked the mean streets of Harlem, and Popeye Doyle asked grown men if they ever picked their feet in Poughkeepsie, well. Mission accomplished. Buy this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 20, 2016

    Power Man and Iron Fist is a wonderful start to the new series, delivering everything a non-fan like me could possibly want from this revived series. Honestly, we could be looking at the next Hawkeye. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Feb 20, 2016

    Artist Sanford Greene gives this book a very distinct look that works for me. I'm not sure how I feel about Luke Cage's more heavy and rounded appearance, but against the skinny and lithe Iron Fist it works. Greene's art is dramatic, caring less about anatomy and more about maintaining energy and dynamic storytelling, and I loved it. Greene uses a wide variety of angles and again referencing the end, the angle he chooses to showcase this character provide a powerful perspective that makes the most of the reveal. It's great to have a Power Man and Iron Fist series again, and I'm hoping that readers will find this book and celebrate their reuniting! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - elanabrooklyn Feb 21, 2016

    The story is as firmly rooted in NYC as it must be and the NYC they depict feels real. The moments of interaction with the Marvel U are delicate and well placed and funny when they should be. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Robert Reed Feb 22, 2016

    With an emotionally touching story, complex characters, and stylistic artwork, Power Man and Iron Fist #1 is a fantastic debut. David Walker instantly captures the friendship between Luke and Danny and gives them a spark that makes the issue a delight to read. The artwork by Sanford Greene and Lee Loughridge makes for a truly unique read. The "All-New All-Different" initiative by Marvel has had its hits and misses, but Power Man and Iron Fist #1 stands as one of the top debuts in the lineup. Sweet Christmas, indeed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopOptiq - Terrence Sage Feb 24, 2016

    All in all, the defining Marvel duo of this side of New York received a great first issue in Power Man and Iron Fist#1, a new direction to keep them grounded with the little guys and gals of the city, and a style all their own to give this book the voice it needs to stand out. That itself is cause for a “Sweet Christmas”. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Feb 20, 2016

    This was a perfect start to the new adventures of the classic duo. The book was never ending fun, from cover to cover, and I honestly cant think of a higher compliment for a comic than that. When this team hits the small screen as Iron Fist joins the ranks of Luke, Jessica Jones and Daredevil, we will be in for a treat- lets just hope its half as fun as the story we got right here. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 17, 2016

    Reading this first issue is enough to make you wonder why Marvel waited so long to bring back the Heroes for Hire. Between Greene's eye-catching artwork and Walker's compelling portrayal of the lead heroes, there's plenty to hook readers in this opening chapter. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Multiversity Comics - Jess Camacho Feb 18, 2016

    I've been very excited for this to launch due to being a long time fan of these characters so yes, there is a little bias here but frankly, there's very little to pick at. It's very easily one of the strongest new Marvel series in this new line up (“The Vision” still reigns supreme…for now) but there's still room to grow. “Power Man and Iron Fist” #1 provides a great introduction to these two characters and more importantly gives them something to do instead of simplysupplying an explanation of who they are. I am very excited to see this series develop. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Feb 17, 2016

    Power Man And Iron Fist is shaping up to be one more facet of the All-New All-Different Marvel line-up. By the end of this issue theres a story unfolding that could bring in a lot of different elements and have many different consequences. Im invested in seeing where the story goes and I hope that Luke and Danny get to work though many adventures in the series. This is a great chance to explore the duo as best friends in a prominent capacity while also highlighting some of the best parts of their world, which I hope involves Misty Knight. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Fanboys Inc - Shane Frasier Feb 26, 2016

    Power Man and Iron Fist #1 is a solid introduction to familiar characters, but with a funny and realistic approach. While it tends to get bogged down by its own melodrama here or there, it doesnt wash away the intriguing mesh of genres they have working for them. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Slackjaw Punks - GingerBats! Mar 2, 2016

    While I felt the story itself slightly lacked in the stakes department and was a tad predictable, I'll definitely be sticking around for the next few issues to see how their predicament picks up. We got a solid couple pages of butt kickins, looking forward to seeing where this goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Graphic Policy - Brett Feb 16, 2016

    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. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Feb 17, 2016

    They say expect old friends, hired goons, crime lords, weird magic, plenty of power, a flurry of fists and as much bromance as you can handle with Power Man And Iron Fist #1. This is exactly what we got and a bit more. There are plenty of books to read from Marvel right now, but if you're looking for a book which stays true to the characters and down to Earth appeal? This is the one for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Black Nerd Problems - William Evans Feb 18, 2016

    Overall, the first issue of Power Man and Iron Fist is solid; good in some spots, a little flat in others. Ultimately, this book will hinge on the ways that Walker can bring the friendship of Luke and Danny to an enjoyable spectacle, which I have a lot of confidence in him doing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Feb 16, 2016

    In an era where you almost have to be flashy in order to get some attention, it's refreshing to see Walker and Greene go against the grain this much with Power Man and Iron Fist #1. But when you have characters this likable, why go out of your way to try to "fix" them? While Danny Rand and Luke Cage were born out of genre filmmaking, it's surprising to see Walker go so broad with these characters, to make them appeal to potentially their widest audience yet. Ultimately, it remains to be seen if this series can survive without a hook outside of the characters themselves, but for those brave fans who decide to give this book a shot, I think they're going to be pleasantly surprised. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Brett I Feb 18, 2016

    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 Im all in on Sanford Greene art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Jessica Petrecz Feb 18, 2016

    This book is has a lot more depth than expected. It shows two old friends getting together but it also suggests a friendship that is slipping away as they both move into the next phases of their respective lives. This book is at its best when it shows Power Man and Iron Fist together in action sticking up for the little guy against the bad guys. This series has a lot of promise to introduce some forgotten villains, create more depth for some underused characters, and hopefully rekindle a bromance between our two heroes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon Feb 19, 2016

    Power Man and Iron Fist #1 is a smart comic filled with heart. The plot is a bit on the thin side the leads willfully ignore a few bright-red flags but makes up for it with a sense of humor and personable lead characters. Walker, Greene, and Loughridge have done a great job revitalizing this old team. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Feb 18, 2016

    It would work fine as a one-off story, but it's hard to see how this is going to work as an ongoing series. I kept thinking, I'd rather see each hero in his own series - certainly Luke and Jessica are interesting enough on their own - ditto for Iron Fist. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Adam Normal Feb 22, 2016

    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. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Feb 23, 2016

    Supposedly, Power Man and Iron Fist aren’t back together. After this encounter with Lonnie and Jennie’s betrayal (which I’m sure they’ll find out about soon enough), the duo will probably be making a comeback—and I can’t wait to see it! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Feb 24, 2016

    It's sad that there's not much in this first issue for new readers, which I don't think is going to do much for its readership. People who loved their old books will pick it up, and those who have to have everything Marvel will spend their money and quickly forget it, but here is a great chance to grow utterly wasted. I honestly can say there's much for you here at all, unless you already know and enjoy these characters. They are just not interesting enough yet for any new fans. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    CourtOfNerds - Kevin Carley Feb 18, 2016

    Despite being underwhelmed by the visuals of this book, I will continue the series because it is so damn interesting and involving some of the most memorable "B-list" heroes around. Hopefully in the next issue Danny gets to run his mouth a bit more. Read Full Review

  • 4.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Heather Hurt Feb 18, 2016

    With the high hopes of an explosive first issue for the best friends, Power Man and Iron Fist #1 falls drastically short. Read Full Review

  • 10
    MisterMelo Mar 17, 2016

    Great start to a story with great characters. Looks promising. 9

  • 9.0
    BrightestDaycare.com Feb 25, 2016

    Having just read the first volume of Shaft by David Walker with variant covers by Sanford Greene, I got a nice little unnoficial primer for this book. I haven’t read much power man or iron fist comics, but I am working my way slowly through Jessica Jones, so I am getting a nice slice of what Power Man is like in the darker, grittier Marvel Cinematic Universe. I love the art on this book, and love how it really highlights the street-level nature of these guys, AND how the story plays up the “will they, wont they?” of reuniting Power Man and Iron Fist. This book looks great, and was a lot of fun to read. The twist at the end of the issue was a bit predictable, but being that there wasn’t any real backstory for me to read into this, I didn’t really take too much in the story for granted while I was reading it. This book really serves as a nice starting point for someone like myself who doesn’t know much of the Heroes for Hire, except for what we get from their appearances in other books during the Marvel Now. This book also seems to have enough connectivity to past iterations of Power Man and Iron Fist to not bee a full-on reboot, but still maintains some of that history between them. I liked this book a lot, and it really surprised me. It probably shouldn’t have, though- because Marvel has done quite a good job of rebooting, revamping and elevating more minor properties of theirs into newfound high-profile places, and Power Man and Iron Fist is yet another in that very, VERY long line.

  • 9.0
    The Villain Aug 19, 2016

    I'm not that familiar with either of the titular characters but Power Man and Iron Fist is a simple start for both characters while also capturing the setting very well. Luke Cage gets a bit more attention in this particular issue but I think this is the start of something great.

  • 7.0
    Gizmo Feb 21, 2016

    The dialog is good and the plot, while not remarkable, is engaging. The artwork has a cool aesthetic but leaves something to be desired for refinement.

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  • 8.0
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  • 7.5
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  • 7.5
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