|stolisomancer (stolisomancer) wrote in scans_daily,|
@ 2010-11-07 02:19 pm UTC
|Entry tags:||creator: fred van lente, creator: mahmud a. asrar, event: shadowland, publisher: marvel comics|
On the other hand, Colleen's Daughters of the Shadow miniseries is a lazy collection of anime cliches, the main book has really inconsistent art, and then there's the whole issue of Possessed Ninja-Master Daredevil. As a crossover, it's nicely inobtrusive; as a story, it's got issues.
The bright spot in the whole thing, though, is Shadowland: Power Man, a four-issue limited series by Fred Van Lente and Mahmud Asrar. The concept in a nutshell: there's a guy in Spanish Harlem using the Power Man name and the "hero for hire" gimmick, and Luke, Danny, and the Hand would all like to know why.
You don't need to follow Shadowland to read this book, and it is in many ways a direct sequel to Luke's solo book from the '70s. It really reminds me of Dwayne McDuffie writing Static, and I mean that in the best way possible.
In issue #1, Power Man is hired to find and save a teenage runaway. (He's on Craigslist and MySpace; fifty bucks a day plus expenses, Visa and Paypal accepted.) She's wound up in the clutches of a pimp
We find out that Power Man's real name is Victor Alvarez, whose family is Dominican. His apartment was one of the ones Bullseye blew up in Daredevil shortly before the Shadowland arc began.
That's his mom, who's pretty sure he's sneaking out at night to sell drugs.
And that's his dad. Poor kid.
Luke and Danny take an interest, both because the kid's using the Power Man identity and because Danny recognizes some of Victor's moves as straight-out-of-the-book K'un-L'un kung fu. Victor also, for some reason, is angry enough at Luke to attack Luke on sight.
That's when we find out that somebody else in Harlem wants to talk to Victor, and she's got an awful lot of super-villains on speed-dial:
That's right. It's a big chunk of Luke's 1970s rogues' gallery, including Cockroach Hamilton, Comanche, and Mr. Fish. If that alone does not communicate the excellence of this limited series, I don't know what to tell you.
These two pages are here just because they're very Silver Age in a good way.
And finally, who's the mysterious crime boss in Spanish Harlem these days?
It's underused '70s Marvel antagonist Deadly Nightshade! And she got a better outfit!
So yeah, Power Man is pretty much the best thing coming out of Shadowland, and it's blaxploitationally awesome.