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1833: Power Man #20

" How Like a Serpent's Tooth "
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Power Man #20
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Editor-in-Chief: Len Wein
Cover Artists: Gil Kane, Mike Esposito
Writers: Tony Isabella, Len Wein
Pencilers: George Tuska
Inkers: Vincent Colletta
Colourists: Stan Goldberg
Letterers: Tom Orzechowski
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: August 1974
Release Date: May 1974
Story Arc: -
Pages: 18
Cover Price: $0.25
Times Read: 216                 Times Rated: 143
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Hoping to find evidence that will clear him, Cage goes to work for Cottonmouth but also commits himself to ending the heroin operation.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Power Man
Power Man last appeared in Power Man #19. Power Man next appears in Power Man #21.
Supporting Characters
  Claire Temple
Claire Temple last appeared in Power Man #19. Claire Temple next appears in Power Man #24.
  Noah Burstein
Noah Burstein last appeared in Power Man #19. Noah Burstein next appears in Power Man #21.
Morgan last appeared in Power Man #19. Morgan next appears in Captain America #177 (v1).
Cottonmouth last appeared in Power Man #19. Cottonmouth next appears in Shadowland: Power Man #2.
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Issue Review
   March 31, 2016
One long battle from start to finish. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing special either. 5/10
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  Redsvetz Says:    
  2012-07-28 08:34:01  
  Spludd!! This arc wrapped up a little too tidily. I hate when they hand off writing duties in the middle of a story.  

  Kez Says:    
  2012-10-28 16:33:15  
  Agreed. Also I don't get why they put so much focus on Cottonmouth's shiny necklace gem. The way it was drawn implied it was significant, but in the end it was never mentioned...  

  JWC Says:    
  2012-11-17 15:41:24  
  I'm just happy that they had the good sense to name the henchman with the bazooka "Zooka".  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-17 17:12:34  
  Cage arcs are really holding up well. I look forward to them.  

  Magik_Rune Says:    
  2015-02-03 10:12:25  
  Not sure that firing that Bazooka 1) indoor and 2) at close range is such a good idea, guys.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-04-20 21:37:01  
  Solid arc, but nothing special. The ending wasn't very happy...  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-07-02 23:10:41  
  While I enjoyed it, I'm not sure I understand the whole "I'm going to commit criminal acts in order to prove that I didn't commit criminal acts" deal.  

  gumchewspit Says:    
  2016-05-18 22:07:25  
  The body count in this title keeps climbing.  

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-06-26 12:08:38  
  - Do you think Cottonmouth owes his existence to the movie made from Chester Himes’ “Cotton Comes to Harlem”?

- I mostly know Tony Isabella from his run on Comico’s “Justice Machine” in the 80s
I really want to know Zooka’s backstory. How did he become so proficient and ubiquitous with a bazooka that it became his nickname? I like to think he has a Chihuahua or gerbil that he dotes on at home.

- Marvel doesn’t understand how bazookas work

- Is Cage really hoping that a drug dealer keeps records of his transactions?

- Bad kerning or has everyone decided to call Mr. Slick Mr. Suck?

- Now Playing "Leanin' on Slick" Aceyalone

  Russ Says:    
  2017-08-01 11:36:31  
  Not an unexpected ending. Like @dadoodoflow said, would a crime boss keep transaction records of any major deals? It was up to Luke to find some other means to prove his innocence. But I do like that this plot should be staying open for awhile.

And in spite of any enhancements, Cottonmouth is someone else who shouldn't have been able to stand toe-to-toe with Luke. Has Doc Bernstein had other subjects for his experiments?

3 stars. Good, ambiguous ending to the arc.

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-09-14 23:03:43  
  Here's the problem with records, even if Cottonmouth had kept them - they wouldn't have shown that Stryker stole the drugs. Because if Cottonmouth had known that, Stryker would have been dead much earlier.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2017-12-18 11:20:41  
  3 stars for Cage roughhousing with the Boyz n the Hood!!!

Cover Me - Once again a cover shows a totally different version of events!!!

Fodder - Poor Morgan can never catch a break!!

Fountain Of Middle Age - Is it me, or is Dr. Burstein looking younger?!!

'Nuff Said - "Back up until you can feel this little six-kiss darlin' carressin' your back."- Power Man

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   August 28, 2017 Neskit Changed comic details.
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   February 10, 2015 Drax Added Cottonmouth to the issue.
   April 4, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Luke Cage.
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