Characters Appearing: Harmony Young, Iron Fist, Luke Cage
Power Man & Iron Fist #107
Issue(s): Power Man & Iron Fist #107
This one's a little better than issue #106, but only because it doesn't raise my expectations with a cool John Byrne cover of Iron Fist fighting Whirlwind.
In this one, Luke and Danny are hired by a controversial ("the bozo that stomps on hamsters and all that!") musician (although it wasn't until the end of the book that i was able to determine what type of "artist" he was) named Zeno Saturn...
...who is returning to his family after a long period of estrangement. Why does he want protection? Well, it seems someone is out to kill him. But the twist is that the musician isn't really the actual Zeno Saturn. The real Zeno died in a freak stage accident, and the music studio replaced him with one of the roadies. The family suspected the truth and terrorized him to suss out a confession.
Fair enough, but where did the family get enough money to build a "Hammer of Judgement" robot?
(Oh, sure, there's a throwaway line about how they used up their life's savings, but really.)
There's a cool bit in the beginning where a pair of thieves get in trouble because they unnecessarily start shooting at Cage and Fist.
Around this time, Marvel was running full page ads for this book.
The Iron Fist ad ran more frequently and was definitely the more effective one.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Zeno Saturn may be an avatar of Ozzy Osbourne.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | October 9, 2011 1:33 AM
His stage antics suggest Ozzy, but the name and look seem to be a reference to David Bowie in his Ziggy Stardust and Thin White Duke phases.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | October 4, 2015 7:29 PM
I've got to say, Zeno Saturn looks absolutely nothing like Bowie in either his Ziggy or Thin White Duke personas whatsoever (and those two characters themselves don't resemble each other in the slightest), so while 'Zeno Saturn' might have the same initials as 'Ziggy Stardust', that's where the comparison ends- it's very clear due to facial structure and hair style that Zeno is, like John Constantine, based on Sting. I don't see any Bowie influence at all.
Posted by: Wis | December 6, 2016 5:16 PM
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