Comics : Powerless #2

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This review was first published on: 2004.

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Powerless #2
Sep 2004 : SM Guest
Summary: Spider-Man Appears
Editor:  Joe Quesada
Writer:  Matt Cherniss, Peter Johnson
Artist:  Michael Gaydos
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Logan, with his claws to Watts' throat, asks him about Charles Xavier. Watts tells him he was just a patient of his. Logan tells Watts Charles is dead. Logan tells Watts that it's his (Logan's) blood on Charles but he doesn't remember doing it – he doesn't even remember who he is. Watts says Logan can stay the night.

At Peter Parker's, Norman Osborn is there. As he's leaving, Norman gets Peter to walk him to his car. He tells Pete he's watching him and that he wants him to get him information from Stark for him.

Karen Page calls Matt Murdock, as she is talking to his answer machine, she describes how she's using again and is in with a bad crowd. She is stabbed.

At the prison, Murdock is talking to Frank Castle. Frank won't talk about what made him confess. He adds that there's a lot of Kingpin's men in the prison. Later, Murdock is boxing with his law partner. His partner warns him not to go after Kingpin.

At a psychiatric ward in a Manhattan hospital, Watts is seeing Bruce Banner. Banner is struggling with 'another side' to his personality. While tbey're talking, Banner gets angry and throws a chair.

At Stark Industries, Peter is struggling with one of his experiments. He tells Curt Connors this, who involves Tony Stark. Stark takes Peter to one side and shows him the big secret that he's working on … project Iron Man (yellow and red suit and all). Peter is working on fiber-optic web for part of the design. It is to help Stark win a military contract.

At Watts', Watts tells Logan that witnesses saw someone matching his (Logan's) description at the murder scene of Charles. Logan leaves.

In court, Murdock calls Wilson Fisk. Fisk and Owlsley used to be business partners until an acrimonious split. Murdock gives Fisk an, erm, Fisking. He says everyone knows Fisk kills people for a living.

In a bar, a woman comes up to Logan. She is Mystique and he remembers he is Weapon X. She gives him a new assignment … kill William Watts.

In General...

The book doesn't flow that well because, for most of it, it's just non-interwoven scenes. It's very bitty and disjointed. Having said that, the content is still quite good. There's more appearances from famous names – Karen Page is a nice one – and you do get the feeling that this is heading somewhere potentially quite exciting.

The best side to the story, however, is the way it simply fits everyone in. Everyone is tied together, if only through Watts but it's a good example of using characters through each other, not just throwing all available devices onto a page and seeing what happens.

Overall Rating...

More disjointed than issue one but you have a good feeling that this is building into something good.