With Luke Cage now available on Netflix, I thought it would be nice to look at some of the character's comic book past. Instead of going with one of the issues that everyone refers to in looking at the character's past, such as his first appearance or the time that he to collect payment from Doctor Doom, I went with the first issue that Power Man officially shared with his long time partner, Iron Fist. For two issues, Iron Fist was a guest star, but this was the first time the cover logo changed to reflect a partnership. Legally, the title wouldn't officially change for a few issues thanks to way these things would happen in the 1970s, but this is the issue where the logo changed, making this the first issue of Power Man and Iron Fist.
Matthew Rosenberg is a writer that I will follow anywhere. His series We Can Never Go Home was one of my favorite comics last year. He has started to get noticed for his writing for Marvel Comics, the latest being a spinoff book for the Civil War II event featuring the Kingpin.
Hail Hydra! By now the word has gotten out that last week, it was revealed that Steve Rogers has been, oh, obligatory spoiler warning...
So with Captain America: Civil War in theaters, I wanted to tie an Avengers review into it. Combine that with the guilt of running four consecutive DC Reviews, and it's time to review an issue of something by Marvel. Fans of the Indy titles should stick around for next time, because I haven't tackled one of those in months. If you have a suggestion, just contact me and I'll see what I can work in.
It's always a little sad when an artist takes an obvious shortcut in creating comics. It's even sadder when its an artist that normally creates work of high quality. It's saddest when that shortcut apparently infringes upon the intellectual property of someone else. In the extreme, the someone else would be a relatively unknown artist, but thankfully we are not in that realm. The artist in question is Ariel Olivetti and the issue in question is Venom: Space Knight #6.
Spider Gwen remains one of my favorite titles. Part of that appeal has been the fabulous artwork of Robbi Rodriguez. However, with his impending departure from the title, I worry about the comic's look changing too much. I really want this book to go on for a while, but not if it's going to look like just another Marvel book.
Did you think that we had already done a Needless Character Analysis for Spider Gwen? The thing to know about her is that she is actually called Spider-Woman and is from an alternate Earth where it was Gwen Stacy that was bitten by the radioactive spider, not Peter Parker. She first appeared in Edge of Spider-Verse #2, which is available in multiple formats and has been reprinted several times, making it affordable to find a copy to read. She was created by Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez and Rico Renzi.
We decided this year not to go with fake stories, but instead cover some of the more odd things that have occurred in comics and toys, in this case, Assistant Editors Month 1984. Hopefully we can explore the concept of comic book history later when time allows. For right now, let's limit ourselves to looking at the month that Marvel Comics went a little off the rails. For our toy coverage go here.
This week, we re-visit Marvel Comics in the 1980s once again with the Uncanny X-Men. This is one of those pivotal issues in the title's history. As is the case with most pivotal X-Men issues, it involves Wolverine. This issue marked the point where Sabretooth became one of Wolverine's primary foes, and by extension, a major foe for the X-Men.
Let’s revisit the early 1980s this week with a review of Iron Man #152, which featured one of the first specialized suits of armor, his all-black Stealth Armor. The first was his Space Armor ten issues earlier, and at this time it seemed that Bob Layton and David Michelinie were using the logic behind Tony Stark custom
This week's Needless Character Analysis is for Madame Masque. Currently getting a higher profile due to her inclusion in the television series Agent Carter, Whitney Frost has been a regular, if infrequent foe for Iron Man for many, many years. Her history can be a little hard to follow, but we're going to try to tackle it.