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So Shang Chi's dad is in the process of being brought back from the dead by the Black Dragon Society, but they need his son's blood. Two of the Society's agents, a Life Model Decoy of Nick Fury granted full memories and independence by the Zodiac Key named Max Fury and one John Steele, kidnap Agent 13, Sharon Carter, for leverage.

John Steele reminded me of an old supervillain I haven't seen in a long time, and I found confirmation in an off-hand reference to Steele's backstory. Steele was captured by Germans in WWI and studied by the man who created the Supersoldier serum, AND the father of the man who created the process that empowered Luke Cage.

4 pages from Secret Avengers 9 and 7 pages from the 22 page story from Power Man and Iron Fist 83 to show you this other guy. Bonus cameos of Misty Knight and Colleen Wing, as well as two of Luke's old girlfriends.

Warning for racism

This page for the reference.

This page partly for plot, partly to show the artist's display of these guys' muscles.

This page just to show the way this artist conveys the weight of Steele's charge. (The exchange has been made. Sharon is flying away in the quinjet, an unconscious Shang is in Steele's minion's hands.)

This page just so you aren't cheated of the suspenseful reveal. Also notice the builds on even the Black Dragon minions. It's bad when you are attracted to a minion cuz the artist draws them all so hot.

Power Man and Iron Fist 83

Meet Mitchell Tanner, Warhawk. (I love the art in this as well.)

He's an asshole.

Fist uses his superpowered punch. Warhawk gets right back up.

Punching Warhawk is like hitting concrete. Warhawk beats the holy hell out of Fist.

I like this bit of character. He's a horrific, crazy asshole, but he's congenial.

After Jean Grey moved out, Misty Knight got a new roommate in Harmony Young. Harmony is a famous fashion model who dated Luke. She was a shallow, snooty, manipulative airhead who hated the trashy neighborhood Luke insisted on living in, but she seemed to sincerely love Luke and she was genuinely kind and generous. I liked her. Harmony eventually died of Superhero Girlfriend Disease. (She appeared in the X-men issues that introduced Dracula.)

Luke arrives, and they get word that Danny is in the hospital.

He's like an evil, racist Punisher.

Luke gets an unexpected invitation to dinner by Dr. Noah Burstein, the man who experimented on Luke in prison. Luke discovers that Dr. Burstein has also invited Dr. Claire Temple, who worked with Burstein in a street clinic, and Luke's ex.

Claire is a touch uppercrust, smart and a bit self-righteous. She has a cameo in the Marvel Teamup here. She used to be married to Bill Foster and Google shows no mention of her death. I would love for her to meet Jessica. I cannot imagine someone more likely to touch off Jessica's inferiority complex.

Dr. Burstein sees Claire and Luke as his children, and admits to trying to get them together (they don't). He says he needs to also tell Luke about his 'brother', Mitchell Tanner.

Finally, Warhawk calls Power Man out. Luke wins.

I'd love to see Warhawk back. He's a great villain to hate, he has history with Luke, and according to Wiki, he cut a deal with SHIELD to cut his sentence. No word on his current whereabouts.

Date: 2011-02-03 11:16 am (UTC)
bradhanon: (Serious editor)
From: [personal profile] bradhanon
Apparently these people haven't read the same issues I have... when Misty Knight asks you what's wrong with her boots, you ANSWER THE WOMAN'S QUESTION.

Date: 2011-02-03 11:36 am (UTC)
valtyr: (fight the void)
From: [personal profile] valtyr
The art is pretty. Very pretty.

Sharon... got kidnapped again? or this is the same kidnapping where they snuck up behind her and bopped her over the head? And they swapped Shang Chi for her? Oh, I'm sorry, for Steve's woman. Nice.

Date: 2011-02-03 12:34 pm (UTC)
misterbug: (Default)
From: [personal profile] misterbug
I've nothing against Deodato, really, I haven't, but...I cannot read his name without thinking "You're A No-Good Dumbo Nothing".

Look it up. You'll see I'm right.

Date: 2011-02-03 12:46 pm (UTC)
wizardru: Hellboy (Default)
From: [personal profile] wizardru
I'm starting to see the point about criticisms regarding Brubaker's treatment of Sharon.

Concerning Warhawk: first time I saw him was in X-Men, when he took out Moira McTaggart and then trapped the group in the Danger Room. I had no idea about his past. Claremont used a lot of his Power-Man/Iron-Fist cast over on the X-men, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

Warhawk has apparently shown up in some x-titles and apparently was most recently seen in a Dark Reign tie-in.

Date: 2011-02-03 12:49 pm (UTC)
schala_kid: Slowpoke Flash (flash)
From: [personal profile] schala_kid
I would like a story from Brubaker where Sharon doesn't get kidnapped or is a victim of the bad guy of the month.

Also I need to read some old Powerman and Iron Fist stuff, I love those two.

Date: 2011-02-03 01:46 pm (UTC)
sianmink: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sianmink
Hey, at least McCoy's back to looking good outside an X-book.

Date: 2011-02-03 02:27 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] arilou_skiff
Can they say that Shang's father is Fu Manchu yet?

Date: 2011-02-03 03:32 pm (UTC)
stolisomancer: (Default)
From: [personal profile] stolisomancer
Interesting trivia: Harmony Young was the result of a dare Jim Shooter made to Chris Claremont, betting Claremont that he was incapable of writing a totally brainless bimbo. Over time, they both got tired of the schtick and evolved Harmony into what Claremont described as a "nice, normal fashion model."

Date: 2011-02-03 04:59 pm (UTC)
misterbug: (Default)
From: [personal profile] misterbug
Wait, I forgot - does anyone at all know Steve has this team of covert Avengers? Because it would make his anger against Tony for having a secret team pretty hypocritical...

Date: 2011-02-03 08:59 pm (UTC)
proteus_lives: (Default)
From: [personal profile] proteus_lives
The only other place I've seen Warhawk is an old X-Men issue.

Date: 2011-02-04 01:00 am (UTC)
stolisomancer: (Default)
From: [personal profile] stolisomancer
I was actually expecting the two pages of Shang and Steve sparring to show up well before now. Those pages might as well have "and now something for the ladies" stamped across 'em.


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