Power Man & Iron Fist #105
Issue(s): Power Man & Iron Fist #105
A former prisonmate of Luke Cage's escapes from jail and lucks into some equipment of the Crimebuster, an extremely minor character that was a member of the New Champions that worked with Nova during the Skrull/Xandarian War. Instead of using the equipment to be a villain, he very cleverly becomes a mercenary hero, and therefore creates competition for Power Man & Iron Fist.
Things work themselves out when a bomb is placed in Madison Square Garden by a group called the Black Tigers, who are targeting the visiting Princess Azir and her bodyguard Khumbala Bey.
Jean DeWolff hires both the Heroes for Hire and Crimebuster for this mission.
When the new Crimebuster discovers that the bomb is about to explode, he flees the building, leaving Luke and Danny to take care of it. This ruins his reputation, but he still ends up ahead since he never winds up having to go back to jail. We'll never see this character again, though.
A good little story with elements associated with a good Kurt Busiek story - continuity mining, a nice twists, and some perspective from the villain's point of view.
There's a brief scene with PM&IF fighting Firefly (another character from the Nova series) in the beginning.
It's part of some early misdirection; we're supposed to think that the guy who escaped from jail was Firefly. The new Crimebuster steps in and takes credit for the defeat.
Luke Cage's friend D.W. is wearing a really weird outfit in one panel in this issue. He looks like an elf prince or something.
Colleen is wearing a weird outfit too but i guess it's supposed to be traditional Japanese garb.
Quality Rating: B
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: N/A
Characters Appearing: Azir, Bob Diamond, Colleen Wing, Crimebuster II, D.W. Griffith, Firefly, Harmony Young, Iron Fist, Jean DeWolff, Jeryn Hogarth, Joy Meachum, Khumbala Bey, Luke Cage, Misty Knight, Rafael Scarfe
Khumbala Bey got fired by Princess Azir for trying to kill Iron Fist in Marvel Premiere #25; I suspect Busiek made a continuity error.
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