Characters Appearing: Bertha, Chemistro, Chemistro II, Chesire, Claire Temple, D.W. Griffith, Luke Cage, Noah Burstein, Oliver P. Sinagle
Power Man #37-40
Issue(s): Power Man #37, Power Man #38, Power Man #39, Power Man #40
The story starts off with Cage nearly dying when he walks into his office only to find that everything, including the floor, has been turned into glass, and Cage's 300 pound body crashes right through.
The new Chemistro...
...a prison cell-mate of the original, is working for "The Baron", who is handling one side of a gang war against "Big Brother". However, Chemistro tells Cage that he's working for Big Brother, so after Cage beats Chemistro he goes after Big Brother, who is a weird cyborg looking guy.
After their misunderstanding fight they form an uneasy alliance while Cage fights the Baron...
...but then Cage goes back and stops Big Brother as well.
Big Brother has a henchman called the Chesire Cat.
Wolfman and the artists (including an early fill-in by Ron Wilson on issue #37) do a good job of demonstrating Chemistro's impressive powers.
The story also takes time to show Cage dealing with problems with his girlfriend Claire, and McGregor's running gags with Cage's fights with the soda machine are kept up.
Nonetheless, this isn't exactly great stuff.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: Cage says he borrowed bus fare to get to The Baron's castle from the Defenders. So after issue #35 (issue #36 was a reprint), Cage appears in Power Man annual #1 and then his Defenders appearances in Defenders #40 and Defenders annual #1.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Big Brother(who appears to be colored Caucasian at the end of Power Man#38) looks very much like a prototype of Cyborg from the New Teen Titans.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | July 11, 2011 6:44 AM
In #37, there are a few billboards reading "Landgraf". Ken Landgraf was doing some work for Marvel around this time, so I wonder if he wasn't doing uncredited inking there.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | May 7, 2016 1:23 PM
Cheshire [Cat] makes subsequent appearances, at least one before (the recent iteration of)Secret Wars:
Posted by: cullen | December 22, 2017 2:23 AM
Added him as Cheshire. Thanks Cullen.
Posted by: fnord12 | December 22, 2017 2:45 PM
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