Sunday, September 25, 2016

Why? Luke Cage.

With the forthcoming Netflix series starting later this week—let’s take a look back at what makes this character so sweet.

Created by Archie Goodwin, John Romita, Sr, and George Tuska; Cage was imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. While in prison he was a part of an experiment that helped him gain superhuman strength, unbreakable skin, and accelerated healing factor. His wife is Jessica Jones and he frequently partners with Iron Fist, Misty Knight, and Colleen Wing.

In the era that he was created Cage was the source material for some controversial ideas mostly from Blaxploitation and kung fu film craze that happened in the 1970s. Cage and Iron Fist have become unique characters only recently with the work of Brian Michael Bendis in Alias and New Avengers, and the recent Power Man and Iron Fist series by David Walker and Sanford Greene. I like the latter quite a lot—it has a Skottie Youngish feel to it with well-choreographed action sequences. It has a cartoonish, friendly style.

Why don’t we see what we can do with Mr. Cage?

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