Characters Appearing: Alexandra Knox, Luke Cage, Mark Revel, Zzzax
Power Man #47
Issue(s): Power Man #47
Nothing wrong with it (except maybe Tuska's art). It's basically Claremont finding his footing on Power Man. Iron Fist's upcoming appearance is touted heavily, but it's not yet revealed that he'll be permanently joining the book.
A letter writer suggested that the new direction for Cage ought to be him traveling the country, out of costume, dealing with non-super level threats, sort of like a combination of the Kung Fu and Fugitive TV shows. That would have been a good idea, i think, if the Iron Fist change wasn't upcoming. So far, the new direction of the Power Man book has just robbed Cage of his supporting cast and setting without really replacing it with anything.
At one point this issue, Luke Cage prevents a train from crashing, and one of the passengers refers to him as "that black buck in the Halloween costume". The guy also assumes that Cage is trying to destroy the train, not save it, so it's possible Claremont was deliberately using racist terminology to show that the guy is an ass, but it's still odd to see such a racially charged word in a comic.
Having been beat badly by Zzzax at one point, Luke only agrees to continue fighting because the lady in danger is "one fine woman".
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Jim Shooter challenged Chris Claremont to create a female character that was completely helpless and useless, and he responded by creating Harmony Young for this title. Not sure why Shooter issued such a weird challenge to begin with...
Posted by: Mark Drummond | April 8, 2012 6:13 PM
Supposedly, it was because Claremont's reputation for writing strong female characters had already become a subject of parody by this point.
Posted by: Michael | April 8, 2012 6:20 PM
Nothing so awful as writing female characters that can actual take care of themselves.
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Posted by: fnord12 | May 17, 2014 2:01 PM
You know looking over the idea, I think the idea of "Power Man: traveling superhero for hire" wouldn't have been such a bad idea. Sort of like cap's wandering period, only with Luke Cage kicking some.
Posted by: Ataru320 | May 17, 2014 2:26 PM
Zzzax was a childhood favorite of mine.
Posted by: Mizark | July 22, 2016 5:30 AM
Zzzax should buy some zzzox to stop his feet getting cold.
Posted by: The Small Lebowski | February 26, 2018 4:55 PM
Posted by: Andrew | February 26, 2018 6:30 PM
Zzzax feels like a good challenge for Powerman. In a lot of his appearances, Luke's foes seem unable to hurt him, but Zzzax can and there's not much Luke could do to counter him.
Posted by: kveto | April 19, 2018 2:51 PM
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