Monday, September 26, 2016

Power Man and Iron Fist #8 Review

Grown-Ass Men Don’t Whine

Written by: David Walker
Art by: Sanford Greene, Flaviano, John Rauch and Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 21, 2016
Review by: Josh Vermillion

Sigh… This book. These tie-ins. Why, Marvel? Why? There is no reason to tie this title into the event going on, but they just have to try it anyway. I think it’s safe to say I had very low expectations going into this book. So I guess we’ll just get right to it.

After some cool art talking about Luke Cage and Danny Rand’s earlier years, we move on to a conversation between the two at Ryker’s Island Prison. Luke is trying to convince Danny to take the bond and get out of prison, but Danny won’t budge. He eventually convinces Luke to help him get the innocent people out of jail, but Luke just kind of sits around and listens to his friends fight.

In prison, Danny is hearing more and more stories about people that got scooped up and taken to prison without actually doing anything. Luke and his friends are still trying to figure out who programmed the tablet and how they can use it to figure out what’s going on.

Pretty much nothing happens up to this point in the issue. It’s just a ton of talking back and forth and trying to decide something to do about the situation. Finally, just when it seems like we’re getting somewhere, Captain Marvel shows up to stop Luke from doing what he hasn’t done yet, breaking into the prison and starting a break. 

The team is trying to bring him in because of Ulysses’ vision, and Power Man really isn’t having any of it. He says he’s been wrongly imprisoned before and he’s not going to do it again. Naturally, a fight breaks out.

I don’t even know what to say about this book. It was boring, simple as that. I’m pretty sure Ulysses should be having more important visions than a little prison break. I don’t see how Captain Marvel thinks this is a good thing to focus on in the middle of a Civil War, but I guess she can fight as many other heroes as it takes for everyone to sufficiently hate her. The art in this book is a little too cartoon-y for my taste, especially in a book about street-level heroes like this.

Bits and Pieces:

I didn’t like this issue, it’s as simple as that. From the cartoon-y art to the fact that absolutely nothing happened, I just can’t get into the story. I definitely can wait until the next issue.


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