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Power Man & Iron Fist #8 hit the shelves this week alongside the first trade paperback collecting Issues #1 through #6 of David Walker and Sanford Greene’s recent run. The second issue of #PMIF that ties into Civil War II, this summer’s mega-crossover event. ComiConverse writer Adam is here to bring you the review.
Power Man & Iron Fist #8 Recap
Power Man & Iron Fist #8 takes the first few pages throwing it back to both Luke and Danny’s earlier days before they found each other to become the Heroes for Hire before we switch to a present-day conversation happening between the two at the prison on Ryker’s Island.
With Daniel Rand, the kung fu defender of the innocent, awaiting trial for assaulting a police officer in an incident that happened in the previous issue, Luke spends the good part of this issue working with various helpers trying to think of the best way to get Danny out of prison.
While Luke and Co. are trying to find a way to get Danny out of the clink, we’re taken back inside the prison where Danny is seen speaking with some of the other inmates, who all claim their innocence and say they’ve been placed in jail by mistake with a few panels showing instances of police brutality.
Toward the end of the issue, Luke teams up with Songbird and Centurius and go break Danny out of prison in a jailbreak only to be stopped by Captain Marvel and her Pro-Ulysses Corps. It’s revealed that Ulysses had a vision and the issue ends with Captain Marvel tossing a left hook Luke’s way.
Power Man & Iron Fist #8 Analysis
David Walker and Sanford Greene combine again on an issue that focuses on injustices in today’s world and for that, I applaud them.
The timing of the release of this issue is sublime. After a week of a pair heavily-publicized police-involved shootings, Walker goes beyond the characters themselves in this issue and brings to light topics that should be addressed in today’s world: wrongful imprisonment and police brutality.
Greene’s art throughout the issue complements the way Walker portrays the Heroes for Hire as street-level heroes dealing with street-level nuances. The issue features a pair of two-page spreads with gorgeous art and on-point coloring as the sun starts setting over Ryker’s Island. The issue wraps up with an intense full-page fighting sequence that makes the reader feel like they’re right in the middle of the action.
With the difficult task of tying their book into a bigger multi-title event where the protagonist has visions of crimes happening in the future, visions that haven’t necessarily been confirmed as 100% accurate yet, Walker and Greene knock it out of the park on this tie-in comic.
Although Luke and Danny both previously agreed to remain neutral in this conflict after seeing the end results of the first super-hero Civil War event, it seems that both of the heroes will have no choice but to be drawn in and choose a side after Ulysses’ vision of Luke breaking into the jail.
With Luke, who is normally quite reserved and neutral, now in hand-to-hand combat with one of the universe’s biggest stars in Captain Marvel, it will be interesting to see what the exact fallout from this fight is. As we see at the end, the cover for Power Man & Iron Fist #9 has Captain Marvel standing over an unconscious Power Man & Iron Fist duo.
Does Luke break Danny out only to be stopped by Captain Marvel?
Does Carol and her rag-tag band of Ulyssess worshippers throw Luke in Ryker’s?
We’ll see next month as Power Man & Iron Fist #9 is slated for release on October 12.
What did you think about Power Man & Iron Fist #8?
Do you think Luke gets Danny out and the pair join the anti-Ulysses coalition or will Luke and Danny be cellmates come next month?
Let me know in the comments below!
Adam is a pro sports exec by day and a food & comics connoisseur by night. His Instagram (@adambarnhardt) feed looks like the “What Not To Eat” poster at fat camp and his Twitter (also @adambarnhardt) is mainly full of random GIFs from The Office.
Source: Marvel Comics
Walker and Greene team up to tackle pressing social issues in this exciting Civil War II tie-in issue.