Friday, February 25, 2011

Power Man & Iron Fist - First Impressions - Matt Duarte

Power Man & Iron Fist on "First Impressions" by Matt Duarte

Panels one through four are all the same size, on a 2x2 grid. The fifth panel is a big one, roughly one third of the page.

Panel 1

Description: Luke Cage, in his original Power Man costume (yellow shirt and tiara, yes) is walking down a New York street at night. He is doing so decisively, as if looking for someone. He is putting his hands to his mouth, shouting.

POWER MAN: Yo, IRON FIST (logo), where are you?!

POWER MAN: Time to come out and play! I w’s paid to bring you in, and Luke Cage always delivers.

Panel 2

Description: Seen from above a building, with Power Man standing in the middle of a street. We can see a leg in trademark yellow booties and green pants reaching all the way down to the ankle.

IRON FIST: So you are the famous POWER MAN (logo)? I was expecting someone taller.

POWER MAN: And *you* are Iron Fist? But you’re... No one told me...

Panel 3

Description: Power Man is walking away now, with his back to the reader. There is no one else around him anymore.

POWER MAN: Forget it, I’m not gonna fight you...

POWER MAN: My momma taught me not to hit girls.

Panel 4

Description: A completely red panel

SFX: KA-POOOW!

Panel 5

Description: Luke Cage is knocked on the ground, above him stands tall Misty Knight in an Iron Fist green and yellow costume. Her afro hairstyle is magnificently big, and there’s a huge snarky expression on her face. She is flexing her robotic arm which is glowing with yellow energy, the chi of Shou-Lao the Undying.

IRON FIST: And my sensei taught me not to hit fools.

IRON FIST: Guess we both gonna break some rules tonight, huh?

NEXT: It’s on, sucka!

6 comments:

  1. Had it been Luke and Danny, I would have said the script is great and stuff, though with the final panel reveal that Iron Fist has actually been replaced by a girl (rather than Luke just dissing Rand's costume), I now find myself confused.

    Sounds like a "What If?..." or an alternate universe tale.

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  2. I agree with MK here, with Luke ripping on Danny being a great little banter.character piece for the two. Having said that, I am completely aware that this didn't hook me as as I know nothing about Misty Knight, besides the fact she has a name that sounds like it comes from a Bond film.

    The page itself is extremely well written, as always Matt. It just didn't really 'grab' me.

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  3. I have to agree with the others on this. I'm a little confused as to why Misty is Iron Fist. At first, I thought it was going to be an origins story, explaining how the two first met, but then I was like, "Wha...?" I think you may have needed a prologue or epilogue to explain the page...

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  4. So this is like a What If...Misty Knight had become the Iron Fist. Cue backstory of her getting to K'un L'un and what have you.

    I like this page and think it works strong, it's not in continuity, but it would be a fun tale, especially when business man Daniel Rand enters the fray!

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  5. No reason you can't do an alternate reality twist on the characters, Matt, and as Ryan says this has a great What If? vibe. You also solved my was / wuz debate... is w's the answer?

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  6. Yeah, this is meant to be a "What If" scenario. I haven't really worked out HOW Misty Knight got the powers, but I just thought that "Iron Fist" as a concept would be really fitting for someone that DID actually have a metal fist.

    That, and I wanted to do some 70's style throwback page.

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