Saturday, June 26, 2010

Batman and Power Man and Iron Fist



I like Power Man a lot - He's got a unique back story and takes no guff from anyone, be it Dr. Doom or Captain America. I like Iron Fist, he has a great look, just the right amount of power and had a recent excellent run by Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction. Together, they really shine, however. It's really a great example of where two characters created independently can come together and truly compliment each other, and one argument in favor of shared universes.

While Iron Fist had that recent successful run, Power Man - excuse me, Luke Cage - has not been as appealing to me lately, despite a huge push by Brian Michael Bendis. He has completely changed in appearance, married and became a father, and after a stint with the New Avengers is currently heading up the Thunderbolts. But nothing in this new direction has clicked with me. I'd like to see him adopt his heroic moniker again and wear something closer to a superhero outfit... and maybe hang out with Danny Rand a little more! Sorry, I'm old school.

5 comments:

Randy said...

I was always hoping for a Marvel/DC crossover of the World's Finest team of Superman and Batman with the Heroes for Hire, Power Man and Iron Fist.

I always pictured it with them splitting off into the teams of Superman and Iron Fist and Batman with Power Man.

Rick said...

I couldn't agree with you more on the direction of Power Man. I don't like calling him Luke Cage. To me he will always be Power Man.

BFIrrera said...

@Randy: Also interesting would be a Power Man/Iron Fist/Green Lantern/Green Arrow crossover (set during the "Hard Traveling Heroes" "relevant" era)...

Jack Roberts, Annabelle's scribe said...

I completely agree. Cage just looks like any guy now. Sure, he's never been comfortable with the super hero life, but now that he's shaved his head and dropped the yellow shirt and chain belt, he doesnt resemble himself anymore. Guess I'm old School too.

Anonymous said...

"Sorry, I'm old school."

No need to apologize. I feel the same way with regard to Zatanna's wearing of her original top hat-and-tuxedo look (even during her off-stage crime-fighting). Nobody will ever convince me that Tony Isabella didn't make two big mistakes in changing Zee's costume upon her officially joining the JLA. First, with the red cape and black sleeveless unitard. Then, even more unforgivably, with the blue-and-white manta ray outfit and thigh-high boots!

And, no; top hat-and-tuxedo with Elton John boots is not an acceptable compromise. Because, as a wise man once said: "A compromise is just an agreement between two disputants that gives them everything...except what they originally wanted."

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