ReviewTitle: “Fist of Iron – Heart of Stone!”
Synopsis: A hostage situation forces Luke Cage to come after Misty Knight – something that doesn’t sit too well with Iron Fist.
Writer: Chris Claremont
Penciler: John Byrne
Inker: Dan Green
Changing social mores can sometimes make it difficult to enjoy a Bronze Age comic; rarely is this more apparent than with Power Man. Both Colleen Wing and Misty Knight refer to Luke Cage as a “buck,” while Cage dismisses them as “only a woman” and “mama.” And the villains? With names like Bushmaster and Shades? Let’s not even go there. Still, Chris Claremont uses this issue to start establishing the Power Man/Iron Fist dynamic that continues even today. On the art side, John Byrne storytelling is strong, but the finished art – inked by Dan Green – isn’t his best.
Cool factor: Claremont and Byrne find a new home for Iron Fist.
Not-so-cool factor: Oh, those enlightened race and gender relations of the ’70s.
Second opinion: Recommended by The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition)
Notable: First team-up of Power Man and Iron Fist.
“Guess I oughtta be proud o’ myself – I mean, two women punched out in one night. What’s next – kids?”Luke Cage, feeling not so good about his bad self
POWER MAN #48
Published and © by Marvel, December 1977
Cover by Gil Kane and Joe Sinnott
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Editor’s note: This review first appeared on Comics Bronze Age, Aug. 18, 2009.