Reasons I’d watch a Cisco and Cynthia spin off (ideally some sort of mini-series of 3-12 episodes maybe over the summer or something that would be rad)
1. Travel the multiverse.
2. Doppelgangers get just about every arrowverse actor to show up without actually having to worry about messing with their character arcs in their home shows. Actors get to stretch their acting chops and we all get to enjoy the heck out of it.
3. Potential musical universe. I won’t even pretend I don’t want this.
4. Cisco and Cynthia both have really strong personalities. We’ve only gotten 3 episodes of them, but Cynthia’s kinda aggressive standpoint of “this is Right and this is Wrong” balanced against Cisco’s empathetic ability to understand other people’s perspectives could–
5. –make for some wicked character arcs where Cynthia learns over the course of the show to balance what’s Right or Wrong as she sees it against what’s actually reasonable to all these different cultures they come across; and Cisco has to face a decision in the climax where the Right way feels wrong and the Wrong way feels right (preferably not kill or be killed cause thats old and doesn’t really fit Cisco) and there’s no apparent third way out and it could all end where either Cisco has to make a choice and carry that back into the main arrowverse after the miniseries is over or Cynthia and her own character development works with him and they find that third way and they macgyver themselves a happy ending
6. screen time and development for two of DC comic’s biggest nobodies (because I love them but try bringing either of them up to a non-DC fan. or even a DC fan.)
• Misty Knights bionic arm
• Matt Murdock clearing Luke’s name
• Spider-Man being part The Defenders (seen as though he also fights crime in New York)
• Elektra in The Defenders
• A heroes for hire TV show with Luke Cage and Iron Fist
• Trish becoming Hellcat in Jessica Jones S2
• A remake of Bullseye for Daredevil S3
• Agents of Shield characters making cameos
• A BLACK WIDOW & HAWKEYE TV SHOW
• Claire Temple becoming the Night Nurse
• Madam Gao being badass
• Finally, Tony Stark recruiting the Defenders for Infinity war.
“How much duct tape d’you think it’d take to tape one of us to, say, a ceiling?”
Alan sat up from where he had been happily lying on the blue shag carpet, just generally getting in the way. Gordon caught the tennis ball Alan been tossing up into the air and mimed taking a bite out of it.
“Me or you?” Alan asked, springing up to try and snatch the ball back. Gordon sidestepped him.
“You, I guess. You’re lighter.”
“Okay. So maybe…five rolls? How many do you have?”
Gordon threw off the far-too-big-for-him-and-probably-virgil’s-hoodie he’d been wearing with a flourish, and then held his arms out in front of him. He had about six rolls of duct tape on each arm.
“Nice fashion statement.” Alan said, making another go of getting his tennis ball back. Gordon faked one way, then dashed round and dropped the ball down the back of little brother’s t-shirt.
“Okay-okay-okay, so, you’re in?”
Alan scrambled after the ball as it dropped out from under his shirt.
“Yeah. Let’s do this!”
Virgil found them sometime later. He’d been out for a walk on the island, stopping every so often to sketch the odd bird. It was a real exercise in getting stuff down quickly.
He’d need that, when he dragged himself through his bedroom door, ready for a mid-afternoon nap if he could get one in. He didn’t even notice the fact that Alan was taped to his ceiling until he heard a deceptively casual ‘hey bro’ come from above.
Gordon waved to him from behind the doorframe.
“Nice blowfish impression, Virge.” He said. “What do you think of your new ceiling fixture?”
“Wh-how-why? Gordon. Why. Alan. How did he talk you into this?”
“Dude, I didn’t have to. He said yes right away.”
“I thought you were all about the pursuit of knowledge, Virgil.” Alan said, nonchalantly. His face was very red. “This was all for science, duh.”
“Right. I gotta get you down.” Virgil said, rolling up his shirtsleeves.
“Good luck, it took me like three hours to get him up there.” Gordon said, bending down to pick up an off-cut piece of tape. He stuck it to Virgil’s back as he watched big brother size up the challenge in front of (above) him.
“Gordon, he’s turning purple. How could you think this was a good idea?” Virgil said, getting closer to inspect the situation. Alan stretched out his fingers and just managed to brush the top of Virgil’s head. Gordon stepped back, raising his hands in surrender.
“Hey, I never thought it was a good idea. Oh, hold on. I think he’s slipping.”
“I got it.” Virgil said, gritting his teeth.
In one particularly ungraceful motion, Virgil leapt up and ripped Alan right off the ceiling. He took a fair bit of ceiling with him on the way down, and it, along with Alan, collapsed in a heap on top of Virgil.
Gordon dragged Alan up and out of the room before Virgil could go full-hulk.
do you have any recommendations which comics to read with Luke Cage and Danny Rand?
Dude, I’m so glad you asked. But You might want to sit down for this, get comfortable, because it could take a while…
LET ME LEARN YA A THING!
So when it comes to Luke Cage and Danny Rand, you’ll have to make a decision whether you are willing to entertain the inherent ridiculousness that is Bronze Age Comics. Which is to say, Comics that still had a lot of the silly idealism and cliches of the Silver Age Comics, but trying really hard to make itself gritty and edgy. Oooh, so hip with the young people in 1975!
If you decide that you are game to venture back into archives of how Danny and Luke got their start, then I have some recommendations:
☑ Power Man vol 1, #48 (1977) - “First of Iron – Heart of Stone!”
Behold! The infamous First Meeting of Luke Cage and Danny Rand! This story is also the first time Luke will interact with the Daughters of the Dragon, and it somewhat sets the foundation for his and Rand’s future friendship. (But he starts out by beating on poor Danny, oops!)
☑ Power Man vol 1, #49 (1978) - “Seagate is a Lonely Place to Die!”
After Luke has finally calmed down from punching all his future friends, he enlists their help to overcome the man who blackmailed him into such violence in the first place. This book is the original unaccredited team up of the Heroes for Hire foursome. It also is the moment that Luke clears his name and no longer must hide his identity
☑ Power Man And Iron Fist vol 1, #50 (1978) - “Freedom!”
So, following the success of Danny and Luke’s team up, the writers at Marvel decided to change Luke’s standalone title from “Power Man” to “Power Man and Iron Fist” and begin chronicling the two buddies as a crime-fighting duo. This issue lays the groundwork of their partnership and also delves into Luke’s origin story. (p.s. this is also the issue where Luke and Claire Temple break up, omg! )
These are all great issues that give context to the following years and years of companionship shared between Luke and Danny. There are other stand out moments in the ‘Power Man and Iron Fist’ original title, but I can guarantee the books won’t be easy to locate.
Some other iconic issues:
Power Man and Iron Fist vol 1, #81 - #82 (1982) - “The Road to Halwan”
This is a ridiculous story arc, but it is so in character for Luke and Danny that I had to include it. It involves some the great ‘everyday life’ aspects of being in business as a hero with your best bud, plus assassins, plus Luke and Danny disguised as part of a harem. Seriously, just… it’s great, ok?
Power Man and Iron Fist vol 1, #99 - #100 (1984) - “Soul Games!”
Danny and Luke face off against Ward Meachum, and Master Khan. This was a milestone issue, so the whole gang is present for this event, and it’s pretty epic
Power Man and Iron Fist vol 1, #125 (1985) - “Hardball”
This is the final issue of Power Man and Iron Fist, and in it, Danny is presumed dead while Luke is accused of being his murderer. There is a rare moment of emotion in this book as Misty and Luke both experience the loss of their dear friend. The book itself ends in a way I don’t really find satisfying, and then it is literally a decade before you see Danny and Luke together in a book again.
Moving into more modern comics, I have a mishmash of recommendations that will build an understanding of Danny and Luke’s friendship, both as cohorts of some of our favorite people (Daredevil, Captain America, Spider Man, etc) and when they were at their most tested. Which of course means the inclusion of one Jessica Jones.
Let’s start with….
Daredevil vol 2, #38, #59, #60
After the title “Power Man and Iron Fist” finally came to a close in the late 1980s, opportunities to see Danny and Luke work together became kind of rare. So these reccommendations are simply random issues of Daredevil in which Luke and Danny play supporting roles to the main hero. Evenso, I consider them badass and the art utterly beautiful.
Secret War #1 (2004) - “Book One”
At the beginning of the Secret War (Not to be confused with Secret Wars)story arc, Jess is newly pregnant with Luke’s child and only just moved into his apartment. I don’t think we’ve even seen her interact with Danny Rand up to this point, but when Luke is blown to hell by an attack, the two most important people in his life come together…. and it’s not all broship and rainbows, let’s just say that. This issue doesn’t necessarily feature a lot of Rand and Cage, but it shows how much Danny cares for Luke, the lengths he’ll go to in order to ensure his safety
The Pulse vol 1, #6 and #9 (2005) - “The Secret War”
The Secret War Storyline continues for Luke and Danny in Pulse, which rehashes the events of Secret War #1 and holds the real ‘meat and potatoes’ of the turmoil surrounding Luke’s injuries and Danny’s desire to protect him. While Jessica is trying to get a hold of Matt Murdock and dealing with a whole series of crisis, Danny hides Luke’s still healing body away from everyone (Jessica included). I’ve cited books #6 and #9 because those are the books that feature Danny. The time in between is basically a chronicle of Jessica’s frantic/angry search for answers and her missing lover. Issue #9 features their reunion, some real talk between Jess and Danny, and a very important moment of understanding that will shape all three characters over the years.
The Immortal Iron Fist vol 1, #2, #5 - #6, #12 - #14, #16 (2006 - 2007)
Immortal Iron Fist is a great book for character development of Danny. Luke makes occasional appears, in which his purpose is literally always to save Rand’s stupid ass from trouble. I like it though, it’s like a more modern version of what we saw in older Power Man and Iron Fist comics. And the art is great! (p.s. #16 is a fairly important series of moments in Danny’s life, including his fresh partnership with Luke as an employee of Rand Industries. )
☑ New Avengers vol 1, #22 - #23 (2006)
Civil War, as I’m sure you know, divided the entire Marvel Universe and sent a great many heroes into hiding. Right in the middle of it was Luke and Danny, both supporting Captain America as members of his ‘Secret Avengers.’ Danny, at this time, is posing as Daredevil (something he will eventually suffer for greatly) to confuse authorities who have apprehended Matt Murdock as the supposed vigilante. These books are important in how they portray Luke as a hero who is unwilling to compromise the civil liberties of the people he protects, and in how both he and Danny face down the coming storm.
☑ Civil War vol 1, #2 - #5 (2007)
More Civil War Storyline information. This book overlaps with New Avengers vol 1 in that it details the actions of Cap’s Secret Avengers group. Still posing as Daredevil, Danny is captured by Tony Stark in issue #5, which kind of ends his and Luke’s time together on that team. I actually hate these books, and most of Civil War, for what it did to the characters I love, but I feel it’s important to point out just what Danny and Luke were doing at this very tumultuous time.
New Avengers vol 2 (2010 - 2011)
HELLO MOTHERLOAD. This book, ugghhh. You’ll note I didn’t put a specific issue. Why? Because they’re all great! The New Avengers is the infamous book where Cap makes Luke leader of the Avengers, Tony sells Luke the Avengers Mansion for one dollar (that he borrows off Danny!), and they all become a family/team again! The book does focus more on Luke’s relationship with his now wife, Jessica, but there are golden moments of Luke and Danny being their typical selves. Just…. Read it all!
Which brings us to current events, the universe reboot by Marvel, and what Danny and Luke are up to now. Which, of course, means…
Power Man and Iron Fist vol 2!!!! (2016)
This book is currently only three issues in, but it captures the tone of Luke and Danny’s friendship quite well. The art is by Sandford Greene and I just love where it’s going, there really is no losing with this book!! If you don’t want to be arsed in hunting down all the previous books I’ve mentioned, then my recommendation to you is to just start reading THIS. It’ll help you understand the PowerFist friendship about as well as anything!
So! As for my knowledge of these two heroes and how they relate to one another, that about covers it! I have a few amazing Iron Fists that follow me, and if they have any volumes or books to add, then I would welcome their input.
Just don’t Mention Shadowlands to me because I hate that little buttface, Victor Alverez. #NotMyPowerMan
Anyhow, I hope this helps you in your interest with these amazing heroes. Please let me know if you have any other questions :)
Misty Knight was a dedicated officer of the law before she was seriously wounded as a result of a terrorist bombing, and rather than continue on with a desk job she felt as if she could make more of a difference on the streets. After being involved with the Heroes for Hire operation for years, she is now a part of Valkyrie’s team of Lady Liberators where Misty continues to kick butt with style and sass. She also has an on and off again relationship with Danny Rand, also known as The Iron Fist.
Required Reading: Powerman & Ironfist, Heroes For Hire Vol. 2, Fearless Defenders Vol. 1
Analysis of the Five Million New Teasers We Just Got
Recently, San Diego Comic Con—truly, the most magical time of the year—blessed us with a landmine of information on the upcoming Marvel Netflix shows. Naturally, in addition to sending our excitement for these shows through the roof and into the stratosphere, this information has also given us a whole bunch of material to analyze in extreme detail.
Dwayne McDuffie was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Leroy McDuffie and Edna McDuffie Gardner. He attended The Roeper School and went on to the University of Michigan, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English, then earning a master’s degree in physics. He then moved to New York to attend film school at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. While McDuffie was working as a copy editor at the business magazine Investment Dealers’ Digest, a friend got him an interview for an assistant editor position at Marvel Comics.
Going on staff at Marvel as editor Bob Budiansky’s assistant on special projects, McDuffie helped develop the company’s first superhero trading cards. He also scripted stories for Marvel. His first major work was Damage Control, a miniseries about the company that shows up between issues and tidies up the mess left by the latest round of superhero/supervillain battles.
After becoming an editor at Marvel, McDuffie submitted a spoof proposal for a comic entitled Ninja Thrashers in response to Marvel’s treatment of its black characters. Becoming a freelancer in 1990, McDuffie wrote for dozens of various comics titles for Marvel, DC Comics, and Archie Comics. In addition, he wrote Monster in My Pocket for Harvey Comics editor Sid Jacobson, whom he cites on his website as having taught him everything he knows. In early 1991, he divorced his first wife, Patricia D. Younger, in Seminole County, Florida.
In the early 1990s, wanting to express a multicultural sensibility that he felt was missing in comic books, McDuffie and three partners founded Milestone Media, which The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, Ohio, described in 2000 as “the industry’s most successful minority-owned-and operated comic company.” McDuffie explained:
“If you do a black character or a female character or an Asian character, then they aren’t just that character. They represent that race or that sex, and they can’t be interesting because everything they do has to represent an entire block of people. You know, Superman isn’t all white people and neither is Lex Luthor. We knew we had to present a range of characters within each ethnic group, which means that we couldn’t do just one book. We had to do a series of books and we had to present a view of the world that’s wider than the world we’ve seen before.”
Milestone, whose characters include the African-American Static, Icon, and Hardware; the Asian-American Xombi, and the multi-ethnic superhero group the Blood Syndicate, which include black, Asian and Latino men and women, debuted its titles in 1993 through a distribution deal with DC Comics. Serving as editor-in-chief, McDuffie created or co-created many characters, including Static.
After Milestone had ceased publishing new comics, Static was developed into an animated series Static Shock. McDuffie was hired to write and story-edit on the series, writing 11 episodes.
His other television writing credits included Teen Titans and What’s New, Scooby-Doo?.
McDuffie was hired as a staff writer for the animated series Justice League and was promoted to story editor and producer as the series became Justice League Unlimited.During the entire run of the animated series, McDuffie wrote, produced, or story-edited 69 out of the 91 episodes.
McDuffie also wrote the story for the video game Justice League Heroes.
McDuffie was hired to help revamp and story-edit Cartoon Network’s popular animated Ben 10 franchise with Ben 10: Alien Force, continuing the adventures of the ten-year-old title character into his mid and late teenage years. During the run of the series, McDuffie wrote episodes 1–3, 14, 25–28, 45 and 46 and/or story-edited all forty-six episodes. McDuffie also produced and story edited for the second sequel series Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, which premiered April 23. 2010. He wrote episodes 1, 10, 11, 16, 30, 39 together with J. M. DeMatteis and 52.
McDuffie wrote a number of direct-to-DVD animated films featuring DC Comics characters - including Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths and Justice League: Doom. He scripted the direct-to-DVD adaptation of All-Star Superman, which was released one day after his death. Justice League: Doom was released posthumously in 2012.
McDuffie’s work was also seen on Ben 10: Omniverse, having shared story by credit on the first two episodes, “The More Things Change, Parts 1 and 2.”
A pioneer who paved the way for increasing awareness and diversity within the mainstream comic book industry as well as animation, Dwayne’s memory and contribution will never be forgotten. Rest In Power, brother.
In the Pact fleet tragedy, the sylvari members did in fact turn against their allies.
Glint has left a secret inside the jungle, for Tyria’s adventurers to find.
New region of zones, striving deeper into the Maguuma Jungle, the Heart of Maguuma. This is composed of the Core, the ground floor; the Roots, the underground; and the Canopy, the treetops and the ruins of the Pact fleet. New boss battles, enemies, storylines and group events.
Account-wide Mastery system, available to all level 80 characters. Points are rewarded through completing the new content within the expansion, such as missions, group events and map exploration. These points can be spent on new abilities that will be available on all of your level 80 pve characters.
New hang-glider that allows you to access areas that are at first inaccessible, such as greater heights or wide gaps. You will get better at using your hang-glider as you gain Mastery points.
Mastery points will also allow you to understand the ancient languages found inside the jungle, as well as collection trees that will reward you with precursor weapons.
Specializations: New specialty versions of classes which offer new weapons and utility skills.
Ranger: Druid, staves. Shows a root-based line attack.
Necromancer: ???, greatswords.
Mesmer: ???, shields. Shows a pullback AoE.
Engineer: ???, hammers. Shows flying turrets.
New Profession: Revenant: A new third heavy armor profession that is able to channel the power of the Mists in order to enhance their weapons and skills. They will channel the legends of Tyria’s history, such as Dwarven king Jalis Ironhammer and Margonite overlord Mallyx the Unyielding.
New WvW borderland map: Each keep has its own distinct theme, and controlling the objectives surrounding it will give the controlling team new special abilities within WvW. Examples: Controlling the earth keep’s objectives will make stone walls raise to defend the keep when attacked by enemy armies. Controlling the fire keep’s objectives will allow allies to summon magma pools to teleport about the map.
New PvP gamemode, Stronghold: Teams fight for control of supply, and use it to build defenses, weapons, and hire troops. There will also be heroes that can be won over to your side to aid in the battle. The game is won when one team’s army defeats the enemy team’s stronghold lord.
Guild teams: New PvP tie-in to guilds introduced with Stronghold maps, allowing individual guilds to compete in a PvP leaderboard.
Guild Halls: A home base for you to house and build your guild. As you build upon your guild hall, it will unlock new adventures for your guild to experience.
Evident in the trailer:
White Mantle, big golden city they live in with the Mursaat.
New Mordrem minions and (lesser) dragons.
A new (possibly) polearm weapon type was held and used by Rytlock, (1:36 in the trailer) fending off a Mordrem.
The second story from Marvel Team-Up #125 (written by a woman! the rarest of occurrences!)
A story drawn by John Ridgway that is probably Solo Avengers #5, which I mostly remember as being the issue where Wanda was a skeleton for three panels.
Once again, Marvel has betrayed me by not including the issues where Wanda was a pirate. The horror bent is strong here, at least, and that makes me happy. There may be other stuff in it. We don’t know yet.
They’re also releasing one for Pietro a couple of weeks earlier. It has his solo series from the 90s (and also possibly the crossover with Heroes for Hire), but it could have other stuff written by people who aren’t listed. Though, hopefully not Son of M because… yeah.
There’s an alternate reality where Wade Wilson runs something similar to Misty Knight’s Heroes for Hire. Coincidentally, this is also the alternate reality that the Daredevil on Weapon X (the Exiles’ counterpart team) came from.