The Luke Cage show on Netflix was my first real exposure to Luke Cage (not counting his appearance on Jessica Jones), so all I know about the character is what I saw on the show. I picked up this book not only because of the Luke Cage hype but also the resume of the writer/artist Genndy Tartakovsky who has worked on some of my favorite childhood shows like Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory. Overall this book is a lot of fun. My favorite panels of this book are right at the beginning and it’s the spread of the Bank Rollers making their getaway from another heist as they try to “stick it to the man”. The artwork style is so fitting for this book especially when you throw in the fact that this takes place in the late 70’s. As far as the Luke Cage’s character, it is a very different interpretation from the Netflix series. This Luke Cage has a very big ego and is not afraid to show it, but again it fits the style of the book. There was a very cool cameo appearance of the X-Men who were looking for Jean Grey. What makes it cool is that they reference a book of that time which in this case is X-Men #137. Luke Cage spends most of the book looking for Misty Knight who has disappeared. By the end of this issue we find our here down and out as he has been knocked out. By who and what, that is the real question. We’ll have to wait until the next issue to find out the answer to that question.
I did not really know what to expect from this book as I don’t really know the character. But I will say that I had a good time reading it and I actually enjoyed Genndy’s style of art. Although now I am a bit confused as to what Luke Cage is really like. I will have to take some time to do some research on the character, any suggested reading would be much appreciated. I wonder if they are going to tie in any other Marvel characters from that era into the story as I liked that they plugged in the X-Men. Like I said in the beginning it’s fun book that can be enjoyed by all especially if you grew up with some of Genndy’s cartoons. I guess they last thing I can say about it is that I DIG IT!
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer & Artwork: Genndy Tartakovsky
Inker: Stephen DeStefano
Colors: Scott Wills