Owen Johnson and his family are on the run from The Dragon’s Claw, and Wei Lun has fallen…  Your Major Spoilers review of Fire Power #7 from Image Comics awaits!


Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Chris Samnee
Colorist: Matt Wilson
Letterer: Rus Wooton
Editor: Sean Mackiewicz
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 6, 2021

Previously in Fire PowerThe Dragon’s Claw has struck!  Damage has been dealt!  Owen and his family are reeling from the loss-and more danger lurks on the horizon!


After the carnage of last issue, Owen has gone to ground at his parents’ home, while the ninjas follow Reggie, who has the body of Wei Lun across the rooftops.  He manages to get the old man to the hospital, while Owen spends the whole night on the roof watching for ninja attacks.  None come, and in the morning, Owen calls a family meeting to explain to his parents and his kids what has been happening.  (His dad keeps breaking in with trademark Dad Jokes, earning some serious death stares from his wife.)  The kids are happy to know the truth, even warning him not to keep secrets.  At the hospital, Wei Lun awakens, explaining that he moved his heart (!!) using a Scorched Earth discipline, allowing him to avoid injury.  As things end, the family is reunited, Wei Lun is up and running, and the evil ninjas are in SERIOUS trouble with their boss.


When this book began, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the first arc was explosive in its creativity and dynamic art.  This issue is the first time that things have really slowed down, and we get one of Kirkman’s trademark breather issues, as readers of ‘Invincible’ and ‘The Walking Dead’ will clearly identify.  Still, the tension hasn’t entirely broke, as there’s plenty of drama to go around.  I actually found the Dragon’s Claw returning home smugly only to get smacked down by their leader more than a little funny, and Samnee’s detailed expressions make even the quietest moments visually entertaining.  I’d honestly love to see Samnee working on a title like Firestorm or The Fantastic Four, but he seems to like these “street-level” stories better, and this issue’s art is top-notch throughout.  The final page is an incredible ending, with an important hint about Master Shaw for careful readers.


All in all, Fire Power #7 continues the Kirkman/Samnee streak of excellence, with art and story threading together into something truly amazing, and even slowing down from the kung-fu madness doesn’t break the spell this book has been weaving, earning 4.5 out of 5 stars overall.  It seems that this book may be going for the kind of scale that The Walking Dead achieved, and I for one couldn’t be more happy.

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It's one of those post-combat, everybody talks issues, where Kirkman has everyone keep one another up to speed and Samnee gets to draw wonderful domestic scenes, keeping up this comic's streak of quality.

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