Power Man & Iron Fist #102
Issue(s): Power Man & Iron Fist #102
Power Man & Iron Fist are contracted by a mystery woman called Wonderly...
...to guard a package. After she leaves, Luke's movie buff friend D.W. shows up and informs them that Wonderly was the pseudonym used by a character in The Maltese Falcon.
The party after the package is a wheezy demon who has the power to animate inanimate objects.
After fending them off, the Vision shows up.
It turns out that Wonderly is actually the Scarlet Witch. At first i thought that maybe Wanda was having one of her dissociative episodes, but it turns out that she's just play-acting.
The four heroes wind up in another dimension fighting demons over the mcguffin in the package (called the Idols of Zor).
When they're all done, they all go out for a fancy dinner.
Not a great story from Busiek. I imagine it might be better if you're familiar with The Maltese Falcon, but i am not.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: The Vision is obviously up and about in these issues. The MCP places this way back in the past, almost a year earlier, before the Vision is injured in Avengers #233 (and the lettercol in issue #107 confirms that was the intent). But it seems a lot easier to place this after Avengers #242, after the Vision is back on his feet. The Scarlet Witch goes to Power Man & Iron Fist for help because the Vision says Dr. Strange is unavailable and "contacting the Avengers would tip our hand", but i also like to think that it's due to the fact that at this point the main Avengers are off at Secret Wars.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showD.W. Griffith, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Scarlet Witch, Vision
Besides Richard Howell's other Marvel work, he was well known for his independent comics(usually for Eclipse) and his faux-romance stories. His art tended to look rather flat and he wasn't too good on women's faces, though.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | October 2, 2011 5:12 PM
I love Iron Fist's expression - "Heart Of The Dragon!"
Posted by: clyde | March 13, 2015 11:26 AM
It feels like every PM/IF issue ends with them walking away with girl(s) on their arms.
Posted by: kveto | December 11, 2016 3:30 PM
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