Writer: David Walker
Artist: Sanford Greene
Colourist: Lee Loughridge
The story: Now a family man, the super-strong Luke Cage, formally known as Power Man, has promised his wife he won’t be reforming The Heroes for Hire with his partner, Iron Fist, any time soon, but when the pair’s former employee is in dire need of their help, it might be time to get the band back together, for a one off instance anyway. Inevitably, a run in with a major villain and some crafty happenstance might force the duo to have each other’s back for a longer duration.
Why read it?: Since Bendis got ahold of Luke Cage in the mid 2000’s and made him an integral part of the Avengers and the greater Marvel U, typically his stories have been more serious, if not poe-faced. Ditto Iron Fist, since Brubaker and Fraction breathed new life into the character; which is not to say that these runs weren’t unwelcome, in point of fact they made for seminal books, but now these two characters that were originally created to jump onto two cinema exploitation bandwagons finally have an outlet for a lighter touch, even if the story content skirts the edges of being quite mature. The writer’s sense of whimsy, which sometimes stretches to being laugh out loud funny, is matched tenfold by the dynamic and cartoony artwork of Greene, who is most certainly going to be one to keep an eye on.