Power Man and Iron Fist Annual #1
Written by: David F. Walker
Art by: Scott Hepburn
It’s time for some Sweet Christmas!!! And for this holiday season, Marvel has dropped a little bit of holiday magic in “Power Man and Iron Fist: Sweet Christmas”. I mean seriously folks, is there a more perfect hero for a Christmas special then the guy who has Christmas in his catch-phrase?!?
I don’t want to spoil this book because it had a high level of holiday cheer. As a longtime fan of the pair I have rather enjoyed the series since its launch, but this book was a bit of special fun. It doesn’t require you to be a current reader but may draw you in enough to make you one. And the various guest appearances add a nice magical Christmas element to the story with a few characters you probably wouldn’t expect to be making Christmas appearances. Well, maybe one you would expect.
One of the elements of the story that I really enjoyed was the aspect of family. This is something pretty well covered in the current series, but seeing our heroes in that natural holiday element just felt right. Luke is a great dad and Danny is the uncle anyone would want. The sort of common holiday experiences Danny and Luke have together that mirrors our own (well until all heck breaks loose) was a nice touch. Heck, turns out Luke even loves the same Christmas carols as me!
The book was very well put together. Walker’s story was well paced and kept me pretty much glued to the book until completion. Although some have been critical of the art style of the book (I personally like it), it worked very well for this story. Additionally, Hepburn’s background images really help to define what is going on in the story as much as the forefront, so pay attention! Also, their three rather mystical holiday guest stars were near perfect, well done!
Like almost everyone, I have found a certain amount of “Lack of Cheer” this holiday season and this book helped me fill that void. 2016 has been a rough year for almost everyone and some solid holiday escapism is in order. The crew at Marvel really did drop a nice present on us this year with this book. David F. Walker, Matt Milla & Scott Hepburn created something Christmassy, I highly recommend it.