In Power Man & Iron Fist 'the street' is a real place, or at least it feels real. Authentic dialogue laced with a wry edge of lifes humour and absurdity lends the book a distinct identity, aided considerably by the underappreciated talent of Sanford Greene who's work is capable of a remarkable combination of both detail and playful but distinctive body types. Indeed for all the apparent playfulness in his visual layouts Green's characters are all noteworthy as despite a wide cast of characters to illustrate not one of them looks like the other - every character you see is therefore a distinct individual and person. And there are not many artists working in the mainstream who can achieve this same level of care and attention to detail.
Taking something of a dare and a risk David Walkers approach to cementing Power Man & Iron Fist's identity as a series settles on building and supporting a wide and disparate cast of characters who surround these heroes for hire. On the one hand there is family and friends. On the other there is the street and hustlers.
Thus far the street and hustlers gain the most attention as that is where the conflict and drama that fires the series comes from in the longterm, so with its strata of crimelords, dreamers, and bottom feeders, Walker's depiction of life on the opposite side of Cage and Fist's respectable law abiding fence manages to engage and charm in equal measure. Forever jostling for position and status we follow the likes of Pirahna Jones and Cockroach Hamilton as they strive for relative greatness, despite their never actually moving much past the same old city block that acts as both home and pen. Passing Inside and outside of this small world are the Power Man & Iron Fist partnership, walking the street and working with the street, there is the unspoken suggestion of the two being a form of super-powered social worker unit, helping out released convicts as they re-enter into normal society and listening out for the potential troubles that might cause upset and disorder to their neighbourhood and territory. Cage and Fist's latest array of concerns includes the invention and now loose on the streets arrival of a newly developed computer program that can edit, erase, and even create criminal records. This technology is now out there, someone has stolen it. And while an intriguing notion from Walker that would go some way to explaining the realites of criminal life in the Marvel Universe it is not without some fundamental credibility problems either. After all erasing a criminal record from federal computer databases is one thing, erasing them from common shared memory is quite another.
But this new problem makes for an intriguing mystery, and as The Black Cat enters the narrative so too does one other surprising face show himself by which to close the issue...
It is more than likely Power Man & Iron Fist won't appeal to a big enough audience to sustain it past the two year mark, the reality of life on the shelves for a title such as this has become depressingly predictable, and yet such concerns are not any reflection on these books actual worth. David Walker's scripting for the series is surprisingly wordy, never excessively so, but the experience in reading it offers the satisfaction of a book that never shortchanges the reader. After ten issues the series may have had some of the momentum robbed from it by the enforced Civil War detour of the last two to three issues but with a colourful cast and a wry understated humour and warmth this is still a series which is at the top of my own personal must-read pile every month. And no greater tribute to Walker & Greene can I give than that.
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