This May we’re getting a new ‘Luke Cage’ comic and we’ll be seeing this Hero for Hire heading down south though it won’t be for a vacation. David Walker has just finished his run on ‘Power Man and Iron Fist’ though he is by no means done with the character! The story will start with Luke heading to Crescent City. The man who gave him his powers has passed and Cage has a funeral to attend.
Things are never that simple though and we’ll be seeing billionaires, gangs, and other shadowy figures popping up to give him problems.
With the success of ‘Luke Cage‘ on Netflix, it really isn’t too surprising to see a standalone story pop up. If anything, I’m a little surprised that it took Marvel this long for it to kick off!
Initially the comic will also see Cage on his own although Walker says that some of his friends will eventually pop up:
“Eventually, yes. But right now he’s on his own, and that is difficult for him. I want the reader to get a sense of Luke Cage as an individual, and it’s been a long time since we’ve really seen that.”
This is pretty true. Either from being with the Heroes for Hire or running one group of The Avengers or another, Cage has been quite a team player for years now. That is an easy explanation on why Cage ends up in New Orleans but not the only one:
“I just wanted to pull him out of his element for this story. Taking a character out of an environment where they are sure of themselves, and then putting them in a place of physical and psychological uncertainty often makes for good drama.”
This story arc though will be putting Cage firmly in the detective role. One would hope that he has been paying attention to all of the time that he spent with Jessica Jones:
“This is all about Luke finding trouble and busting heads. The first story is about him dealing with the death of an old friend, and finding out there’s more to the death than meets the eye. Luke is definitely in the role of the private detective; he just happens to have super powers.”
It sounds like we’ll be getting a bit of the Cage that was shown in ‘Power Man and Iron Fist’ without the safety net of friends and family. This won’t be the first time that Cage has been alone. I just hope that Walker can up the stakes enough to give the story arc serious drama without either removing Cage’s powers or coming up with a supervillain of the week to put him up against.
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