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Power Man & Iron Fist 1 - Four fists for Manhattan: Soul Brothers

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In the 1970s, Power Man Like Cage and Iron Fist Danny Rand were on the road as the hero duo "Heroes for Hire" that could be rented. In the meantime, the two Marvel superheroes, who actually always stood a bit in the second row, each have their own TV series on Netflix. That too is probably a reason to revive the powerful duo as a comic series. Author David F. Walker starts the new series, whose first anthology "Four Fists for Manhattan" was published by Panini Comics at the end of March, with lots of humor, tangible action and lots of blaxploitation ingredients. But also the draftsman Sanford Green ensures with his artwork that “Four Fists for Manhattan” is very entertaining.

Currently, the African-American superhero Luke Cage has a rather harmonious relationship with Jessica Jones and is basically quite happy. Only buddy Danny Rand alias Iron Fist pokes the black giant with the bulletproof skin regularly because he reminisces about old "Heroes for Hire" times and wants to revive the dynamic duo. Luke doesn't want to know about this, also because his significant other is suspicious of Jennifer Danny's affinity for action. Too often, Iron Fist has drawn her husband into tangible conflicts with his naive, irresponsible manner. After all, Luke has to act a little more cautiously and circumspectly with a young daughter.

Let's bring the band back together

When Jennie Royce, the former secretary of the "Heroes for Hire", is released from prison, the two heroes of course pick her up and are quick to do her a favor. Jennie misses a necklace with an amulet that she inherited from her grandmother and that is now in the possession of crook boss Tombstone, because he has usurped all the belongings of Jennie's killed husband.

But when Luke and Danny set about getting the amulet back, the gang boss dishes up a different story and warns the two heroes that their ex-secretary is duping them. Despite being in jail, she enjoys a leap of faith and is soon equipped with a powerful magic amulet. The Supersoul Stone is powerful street magic for the African American community and even Doctor Strange has never heard of it. Jenie wants to use it together with Black Mariah for her personal revenge. And so Luke and Danny have their hands full, straightening out the mess they made themselves.

Soul Sisters unite!

It would appear that Marvel Comics' writer David F. Walker is currently the expert on African American superheroes. The revival of the “Nighthawk” series was just released at Panini at the beginning of the year, and now it's Luke Cage. In doing so, Waker benefits from his expert status with regard to African American culture and, above all, the blaxploitation films of the 1970s. These elements are integrated into a humorous story that sends two dissimilar friends on the warpath against the crime in Manhattan in the very best buddy-movie manner. The German title of the anthology "Four Fists for Manhattan" is not reminiscent of the humorous action comedies with Bud Spencer and Terence Hill for nothing. On the story level, “Power Man and Iron Fist” is a lot less gloomy and also not as politically topical as “Nighthawk”, but it knows how to entertain better.

The dynamic artwork by artist Sanford Greene and colorist Lee Loughride also contributes to this, who manage to stage the characters in a healthy mixture of cartoon-like slapstick and very physical action. A lot of New York details and love for the style and fashion of the 1970s come into play without the series developing a pure retro charm.

The Netflix series phenomenon

As Netflix series heroes, “Luke Cage” and “Iron Fist” after “Daredevil” and “Jennifer Jones” are also so interesting because their “superpowers” ​​appear primarily as exaggerated physical abilities and without complex CGI effects the screen can be conjured up. This solid base of action also makes up part of the comic series and is pleasantly different from the more “aloof” abilities of other superheroes. It will be interesting to see how the "" Heroes for Hire "will continue after Luke Cage finally calls himself" Power Man "again and has accepted that he and Danny Rand alias" Iron Fist "are again a team that Manhattan is looking for has been waiting.

The start of the new edition of Marvel's likeable “Heroes For Hire” is surprising and stylish. David F. Walker evokes the spirit of the old series without indulging in nostalgia. Crisp artwork and pithy sayings, which are repeatedly broken humorously, ensure a casual reading pleasure.

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Power Man & Iron Fist 1 - Four fists for Manhattan
OT: Power Man & Iron Fist 1-5, Marvel Comics, 2016
Author: David F. Walker
Artist: Sanford Greene, Fabiano
Colors: Lee Loughride, John Rauch
Translation: Bernd Kronsbein
Publisher: Panini Comics, softcover, 116 pages
Release: March 21, 2017

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