Power Man & Iron Fist #110
Issue(s): Power Man & Iron Fist #110
Unfortunately, they wind up getting manipulated by the Deadly Nightshade.
Nightshade's got Man-Mountain Marko and the Eel working for her as well.
The scheme is pretty low-key. Nightshade intends to rob a debutant ball. Not sure why she thought she needed four additional super-villains for that. But it actually turns out that she was right, because not only are Power Man & Iron Fist at the ball - acting as escorts as a favor for Jeryn Hogarth's daughter Millicent...
...but the Wasp is there as well. She's on a date with Jeryn as a favor; Jeryn is trying to impress his ex-wife.
Although, the Wasp doesn't actually participate in the battle, on the grounds that she's not wearing her costume and she doesn't want to fly around nekkid.
Lance Bannon is also at the ball, taking pictures.
Unlike the Eel and Man-Mountain Marko, Discus and Stiletto are mind-controlled by Nightshade.
When Nightshade is knocked out (by Millicent!), they come to their senses and give up.
After the fight is wrapped up, Luke and Danny are no longer presentable, so the Wasp calls in Wonder Man and the Beast to act as Millicent's new escorts.
This was a fun little story. A little chaotic, and the art is a little messy (it's odd that i enjoy LaRocque on his Marvel Team-Up issues, but not on PM&IF. this issue does have two inkers, possibly indicating that it was rushed), but it was cute.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Any break in the Wasp's Avengers appearances should do. As for Wonder Man and the Beast, it doesn't really make sense for either of them to show up in New York with such short notice, but i guess Wonder Man could have used a Quinjet and picked up the Beast. Their appearances are context free as well. For what it's worth, the MCP has all appearances for these Avengers taking place much earlier in the year, around Avengers #243, Defenders #131, and before West Coast Avengers #1, but i don't see a need to push this issue so far back.
I'm not sure if i need to be concerned about Lance Bannon's appearance. It's said in Amazing Spider-Man #254 that Bannon hadn't been at the Bugle in weeks, and he won't appear again in the Spider-Man books until ASM #271. I think they were setting him up as a possible Hobgoblin suspect. So i'll keep an eye on that. The MCP doesn't seem to have a problem with Bannon's placement here.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showBeast, Discus, Eel II, Iron Fist, Jeryn Hogarth, Lance Bannon, Luke Cage, Man-Mountain Marko, Nightshade, Stiletto, Wasp, Wonder Man
Nightshade was a favorite villainess of Tony Isabella, but at a convention in the late 1980s or early 1990s he met a crazy fan who was so obsessed with Nightshade that he became utterly creeped out and chose to never use her again. This may be her last appearance(written by Isabella, anyway).
Posted by: Mark Drummond | October 9, 2011 6:56 PM
It's not her last appearance (she shows up again in Gruenwald's Captain America and Priest's Black Panther)but you're right, this is the last time Tony Isabella wrote her.
Posted by: Michael | October 9, 2011 7:03 PM
name 10 villians powerman and ironfist fought in the comics
Posted by: Anonymous | March 31, 2012 2:12 PM
That should have been relatively easy to find using this site, but here's a decent list. Towards the bottom are the ones that are more specific to Power Man & Iron Fist's stories; the top of the list are characters that have had a decent number of appearances in books other than PM&IF.
Posted by: fnord12 | March 31, 2012 2:46 PM
"[Isabella] met a crazy fan who was so obsessed with Nightshade that he became utterly creeped out and chose to never use her again."
Reminds me of Anthony Hopkins, in the mid-90s, bemoaning Hannibal Lecter's popularity amongst morbid fans who festooned their bedrooms with 'Silence of the Lambs' posters. Didn't stop him from reprising the character twice subsequently, though.
Posted by: Oliver_C | June 2, 2016 11:33 AM
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