Monday, August 29, 2016

Power Man and Iron Fist #7 Review - Marvel Mondays

A Little Less Talk, A Lot More Action

Written by: David Walker
Art by: Sanford Greene, Flaviano, John Rauch and Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 17, 2016
Review by: Josh Vermillion

If you’ve read any of my reviews of them before, you’re aware of my hatred for pointless Civil War II tie-ins. But since this was a tie-in, I thought it would be a good place to jump onto this title and just hope the tie-in didn’t ruin it for me going forward. So how did this one compare to all the others? Let’s find out.

This issue opens up with Iron Fist in prison for assaulting a police officer. He’s talking to his ex-girlfriend Misty Knight about why he did what he did. Afterwards, she goes to talk with Luke Cage about what to do about the situation. But instead of actually talking it over, Misty gets mad and storms out because she thinks they’ll disagree about the Civil War that’s going on.

Luke gets a call from Jessica Jones, who tells him that their house is being staked out. She has some of the former Sons of the Tiger on the case, though, and she’s is going to find out who she’s dealing with. In prison, Danny Rand is biding his time and playing it cool, trying not to make the situation worse.

Back with Luke Cage, his boys have got the Agnitus software up and running and are figuring out what it does. The software is some kind of advanced facial recognition that can pull up people’s past criminal records. Iron Fist tells the warden of the prison that he doesn’t want to be transferred. Then we get some cool flashbacks to when he was training in K’un Lun as a child.

Luke Cage and Jessica Jones are talking about how to protect their daughter, and Jessica agrees to go to “that place by the thing we went to that one time.” I’m not kidding, that was what she said. Meanwhile, in prison, someone not too nice (who might just be Luke Cage in disguise) recognizes Danny as Iron Fist and starts some trouble. Luke Cage has a plan to bust Iron Fist out of prison, which is why I think the big guy is Luke Cage, but Ulysses sees the jailbreak in a vision and it looks like Captain Marvel and her team are going to go put a stop to it.

This was a really disjointed book. We jump back and forth between a ton of different characters and subplots, all to get to a forced ending with Captain Marvel and Ulysses because Marvel just HAD to have another Civil War II tie-in. And on top of all that, I just couldn’t get behind the art in this book. It’s not that the art was bad, it just wasn’t really my style.

I like to see Luke Cage and Iron Fist together on a team, but they were separated the whole issue. I’m getting really sick of these tie-ins to this event that isn’t even that intreresting in the main book.

Bits and Pieces:

I won’t say that this issue didn’t have promising moments, but none of them seemed to follow through. Power Man and Iron Fist should be good, ass-kicking fun, but this was just a bunch of talk without much movement forward. I’m over the tie-in craze at Marvel and just need them to focus on the stories they’re telling.


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