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Power Man and Iron Fist Reading Recommendations

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    To celebrate the first season of Luke Cage, we compiled a list of our favorite Luke comics. Now, with Danny crossing over into the show this season, here are a few of our favorite comics featuring one of Marvel’s greatest dynamic duos! (For the history of this legendary friendship, look here.)

Power Man #48-49: The beginning! Mob boss Bushmaster blackmails Luke into kidnapping his old nemesis, Misty Knight. Unfortunately, Misty’s partner Colleen and boyfriend Danny take issue with this. Fights ensue, buildings are destroyed, and lifelong friendships are forged. 

Power Man and Iron Fist vol. 1 #50-125: One fateful day, Marvel’s editorial team decided to take two doomed comics and squish them together. The result was the ultimate wacky powerhouse buddy book. Danny joins Luke’s Heroes for Hire business, and the two friends face down every kind of threat imaginable (for a fee, of course). This series directly follows Power Man #48-49 (above), which is why it starts with #50. The best approach for this wild ride of a comic is just to hop on and take it as far as you want to go!  

Daredevil vol. 1 #178: And be sure to not miss this first half of the crossover with PMIF vol. 1 #77! Foggy hires Luke and Danny to be bodyguards for Matt (much to Matt’s annoyance), and the three heroes end up creating investigating drama at a local ballet performance.     

Cage vol. 1 #11-13: Following the tragic events of the final issue of PMIF vol. 1, Luke leaves New York and starts over in Chicago. In this arc, he discovers that Danny isn’t dead after all. 

Heroes for Hire vol. 1 #1-19: Danny re-starts Heroes for Hire with Luke’s blessing and an expanded line-up. Shenanigans ensue. This series is irreverent, over-the-top, and a whole lot of fun– everything a Heroes for Hire comic should be. We recommend the whole series, but if you only read one issue, make it this one: 

Heroes for Hire vol. 1 #13: Danny siphons all of his chi into Luke to save his life, and then Luke, Misty, Colleen, and White Tiger return the favor.

Iron Fist/Wolverine #1-4: Danny decides to pull K’un-Lun onto the earthly plane permanently, then immediately regrets it when the Hand steal the chi of Shou-Lao and attempt to use the city for their own purposes. A fun story about the power of family, which suffers from having a few too many guest-stars.

Black Panther (1998) #17: This is a great series, but this issue is particularly relevant because it features a giant superhero/supervillain brawl with some great Luke and Danny banter. 

Cable & Deadpool (2004) #21: There is plot going on here, and it’s perfectly good plot, but the main feature of this issue is Luke and Danny fighting another of Marvel’s great partnerships: Cable and Deadpool. 

New Avengers vol. 1 #34: Both New Avengers runs are fairly PMIF-heavy, since it’s Luke’s team, but this issue is particularly important. Luke and Jessica reveal that they have named their baby after Danny. 

Immortal Iron Fist #16: Danny sets about transforming Rand Corp. into a not-for-profit operation, and invites Luke to join him. 

Immortal Iron Fist #27: After Misty reveals that she’s pregnant, Luke gives Danny some vital parenting advice. Immortal Iron Fist is a phenomenal comic, and Luke pops up throughout, so we recommend reading the whole thing. 

Thunderbolts (2006) #137: Want to be sad and then heart-warmed? Read this issue! Danny gets kidnapped, tortured, and brainwashed by Norman Osborn, and then is sent to kill Luke.

Shadowland: Power Man #1-4: Luke and Danny encounter Victor Alvarez– a teenage boy with Iron Fist-style powers and ties to Luke’s past– and try to figure out how to deal with him. 

Power Man and Iron Fist vol. 3 #1-15: Danny and Luke try to recreate their Heroes for Hire glory days in a world in which everything has changed. Equal parts humor, introspection, and butt-kicking. And of course, don’t miss:

Power Man and Iron Fist: Sweet Christmas Annual #1: Luke, Danny, little Dani, Jessica Drew, Daimon Hellstrom, and Santa Claus himself battle demonic toys. 

Deadpool (2015) #13: This wild thing is four issues in one– a massive self-contained crossover between the Deadpool series, Daredevil vol. 5, and Power Man and Iron Fist vol. 3. It’s a lot of fun.

Defenders (2017) #1-10: While dealing with a temporary setback with their new Heroes for Hire operation (it… blows up), Luke and Danny co-start a new Defenders team with Jessica and Matt. The writing in this series varies in quality, but the art is fantastic and the PMIF love is real.