Luke Cage is done with Power Man. Right now his only concerns are his wife, Jessica Jones, and their daughter. Heroes for Hire is something he’s gladly left behind, but his old life resurfaces when he and his old partner Danny Rand, aka the Iron Fist, go to pick up their old manager Jennie Royce as she is released from prison. Jennie asks them for a small favor, and suddenly Cage finds himself wrapped up in exactly what he’d hoped to avoid. Plus, you know, the fact that friends don’t always turn out to be friends…
There’s a lot of fun stuff going on in this first issue. We get Luke Cage trying to balance married life (and not swearing quite so much because his toddler is turning out to be quite the daddy’s girl…) and Danny’s pressure to reform Heroes for Hire and relive their crime fighting days. The result is Luke freakin Cage using phrases like “fiddle faddle” while beating up crime bosses in a silk vest. This new take has a more modern edge to it as well, from the funky, colorful art style to a cockier, more entertaining Danny Rand than we’ve seen in versions past. Digging the new Iron Fist costume design too, and I have no problem with having Luke Cage fight crime in three piece suits while driving around in a black mini van. No problem at all. Loved seeing Cage as a rounded out character with regular old human stuff on his mind, while Danny’s still a bit clinging to their past.
While I felt the story itself slightly lacked in the stakes department and was a tad predictable, I’ll definitely be sticking around for the next few issues to see how their predicament picks up. We got a solid couple pages of butt kickins, looking forward to seeing where this goes.
Ra ting: 85/100