This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast, the panel goes back to the ’70s to exam what was great (or not so great) about Power Man and Iron Fist.
Essential Power Man and Iron Fist, Vol. 1
Writers: Chris Claremont, Jo Duffy, Steven Grant, Bob Layton
Artists: John Byrne, Greg LaRocque, Mike Zeck, Sai Buscema, Marle Severin
Publisher: Marvel Comics
A new era of greatness begins for the most unlikely team of all! From a Night of the Town to the Day of the Death Machines, Power Man and Iron Fist – Heroes for Hire – face the Living Monolith, El Aguila, the Maggia and more! Guest-starring the Uncanny X-Men and the Daughters of the Dragon! Collects Power Man and Iron Fist #50-72 and #74-75.
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These are just really enjoyable books, but in some cases it does smack HARD of the 70s. I like the dynamic that grew between Luke Cage & Iron Fist. This particular run really starts to hit its stride once Mary Jo Duffy comes on board. In tone this series has some traditional comic shenanigans, but in some cases you can just see the film grain and hear the 70s music beats. It is a series I want to get all the individual issues of to read for years to come.
I had high hopes for this series – I thought it had to potential to be another Green Lantern – Green Arrow matchup where two second stringers who couldn’t carry their own titles teamed up and the results were a comic that was greater than the sum of its parts. In the end I was disappointed. On the one hand you had your stereotypical Afro-Hero leaping around spouting his shuck and jive, and on the other hand you had a hero who was supposed to be Asian, or of Asian descent, who had no Asian attributes or characteristics whatsoever – in fact, he was indistinguishable from any other non-ethnic character; and the whole thing just left a bad taste in my mouth. It was a case of being able to have it both ways in the same book, and it just didn’t work for me.