Characters Appearing: Captain Paul Morrel, Flying Tiger, General Nguyen Coy, Lindsay McCabe, Morgan Le Fey, Sabrina Morrel, Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew)
Issue(s): Spider-Woman #40
His comments make it clear he was a former professional football player, but now he wears a tiger suit that has body armor and claws, and he can fly. He thinks he's killed Spider-Woman, and he returns to his employer, General Nguyen Coy (The not-yet-a-New-Mutant Karma's uncle).
Spider-Woman isn't actually killed, but her spine is pretty badly injured. She's rescued from the San Francisco bay by a Captain Paul Morrel, who is introduced as a potential love interest, who sees her out of costume but vows to not abuse the information.
He's also brother to Sabrina Morrel, the potentially Yakuza police officer that pursued David Ishima last issue.
Jessica spends the next few weeks learning and practicing tai-chi to help her back heal.
She's able to defeat the Flying Tiger in the rematch...
...but she doesn't do anything to actually hurt Coy's crime empire, and at the end of the issue she's harassed by another manifestation from Morgan Le Fey.
I love that you can partially see Flying Tiger's face through the mouth of the tiger mask. "Mommy, that tiger ate that man!"
Quality Rating: B
Chronological Placement Considerations: Pushed back in publication time a bit to account for Spider-Woman (and more specifically, Sabrina Morrel's) appearance in Avengers annual #10.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Paul Morrel is also the name of the lead character in Sons and Lovers but that seems a bizarre reference to have in Spider-Woman.
Posted by: Erik Beck | April 29, 2015 11:48 AM
Flying Tiger, in particular the design of his mask, might owe some inspiration to the 70s manga 'Tiger Mask'.
Posted by: Oliver_C | April 2, 2016 3:27 AM
I think the Flying Tiger was a fantastic villain for Jessica. I mean, he nearly broke her back, and she had to spend weeks on recovery. This was a serious setback for her,so it must have been very satisfying to her to finally defeat him when she was ready to take him on again.
Posted by: Andrew Burke | August 15, 2016 9:24 AM
Flying Tiger bears a strikingly close resemblance to the DC Comics super-villain-turned-hero Bronze Tiger. They even share the same ethnic background.
Posted by: Clutch | September 17, 2016 11:02 AM
Flying Tiger always struck me as one of those characters where the name and visual were supposed to carry a completely generic baddy. He's not much more than muscle-for-hire who flies and has super-strength.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | September 17, 2016 1:10 PM
The Bronze Tiger was Denny O'Neil's creation, and he edited this issue. I notice he also used the Flying Tiger in Iron Man.
Posted by: Luke Blanchard | July 18, 2018 11:28 PM
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