The Crew was a Marvel Comics series from 2003, written by Power Man and Iron Fist and Black Panther writer Christopher Priest. A pet project of his, it was too good to last, and it was cancelled before the first issue was even released. The seven published issues make up the first story arc, Big Trouble In Little Mogadishu.The Crew takes place in Brooklyn, between the mean streets of Little Mogadishu, or the Mog, and the gated community of Princeton Walk. Four men, all of whom have lost family in some way, come together initially for reasons of their own, and the series would have been about their gradual personal evolution. The Crew consisted of:
- James "Rhodey" Rhodes, formerly Iron Man and War Machine. He comes to the Mog to investigate after his sister is killed by the 66 Bridges Gang.
- Danny "Junta" Vincent, a freelance intelligence agent and con man.
- Kasper "White Tiger" Cole, an NYPD cop who was briefly the Black Panther.
- Josiah al hajj Saddiq, or Josiah X, or Justice, and former actual Black Panther. He is a Muslim minister and the son of Isaiah Bradley, the legendary "Black Captain America" from WWII. He carries Isaiah's shield.
Priest: So I find myself having to say, more than what The Crew is, what The Crew is not. The Crew is not The Black Avengers. The Crew is not "A Ghetto Book". The Crew is not even remotely about race. Race is never even mentioned in The Crew. It is a complete non-issue. [...] The Crew is, first and most importantly, about family.Not to be confused with the racing video game.
The Crew contained examples of:
- Anti-Hero: Junta
- Badass Family: Josiah X's father was Isaiah Bradley, the only survivor of a group of African American GIs given an experimental form of the Super-Soldier Serum in WWII. Josiah's nephew Elijah Bradley is Patriot of the Young Avengers.
- Brought Down to Badass: Rhodes is working without any powered armour.
- Cain and Abel: The 66 Bridges Gang is being run by Triage, Kasper's half-brother.
- Comic Book Fantasy Casting: Not visually, but Priest described Josiah as "Denzel Washington in Malcolm X" and Kasper as "Denzel Washington in Training Day."
- Put on a Bus/Out of Focus/What Happened to the Mouse?: This was pretty much the last major appearance for Kasper Cole. After that, he was only every seen as a voiceless cameo in the infrequent crowd shot, and it didn't take long for even that to stop happening.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: One former big-league superhero, one moonlighting cop, one Muslim minister and a spy with his own agenda team up to take down an influential gang.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Rhodes' sister is killed by the 66 Bridges Gang in the first issue, prompting him to come to The Mog.
- Superhero Packing Heat: Kasper Cole.