Sunday, August 30, 2015


Only one item this time around, but at least it's topical: The POWER MAN AND IRON FIST EPIC COLLECTION VOLUME 1: HEROES FOR HIRE has arrived, and not a moment too soon, as the first three issues in this book, POWER MAN #48 - 50, will slot into the ongoing IRON FIST/MARVEL TEAM-UP review series in just about a month or so.

But beyond that immediate concern, this is a series I've had some interest in for many years. I like Iron Fist, as has been made clear over the past couple months, and I've never read any of his adventures beyond the afore-mentioned POWER MAN 48 - 50, which rounded out the old ESSENTIAL IRON FIST book. But I know the POWER MAN AND IRON FIST series is pretty well regarded as a cult classic, and it has a good pedigree of writers all the way through, from Mary Jo Duffy to Kurt Busiek to James "Christopher Priest" Owsley. I hope to see Marvel fast-track future installments in this series, as they seem to be doing with MOON KNIGHT, since it would only take about three more volumes to cover the full series.

That's it for August. September will be pretty light as well, but it'll at least include one thing I've been waiting a very, very long time for.


  1. I haven't ordered this yet, but I will soon enough. Like you, PM&IF is one of those series I've read about a lot, but never read much of, so I'm excited to check it out.

    Curious that they're releasing this volume as a #1 rather than a 3rd (or maybe 4th) volume of a POWER MAN Epic series, since the #48 that kicks it off comes from that series. I guess it's a different enough concept to warrant its own Epic line, and as much a continuation of IRON FIST as POWER MAN, even if the latter provides the numbering.

    And I assume at this point they're just holding off on launching a POWER MAN Epic until his Netflix series launches.

    1. I think your reasons for this being volume one are right on. In a way, given the creative team, this is almost more a continuation of IRON FIST than of POWER MAN. (Though as we'll see here in a few weeks, Claremont and Byrne resist temptation and make sure that Luke Cage remains the protagonist of his own series for issues 48 and 49.)

      I'm not sure when we might see a POWER MAN Epic. The timing of the NetFlix series makes sense, but we got IRON FIST well before his series came out, presumably because the issues had already been restored by way of the Masterworks. POWER MAN's Masterworks just started this year, so if Marvel follows that trend, we may not see his Epic for some time...