Luke Cage wraps up his early solo career against the likes of Zzzax, Chemistro and Gideon Mace - then launches a new era with Iron Fist, forming one of Marvel's oddest and most enduring partnerships! This work features guest-starring of the X-Men and the Daughters of the Dragon....
|Title||:||Essential Luke Cage, Power Man, Vol. 2|
|Number of Pages||:||424 Pages|
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Essential Luke Cage, Power Man, Vol. 2 Reviews
This was...meh. It's a fascinating cultural artifact of Marvel in the 70's, both good and bad. The stores were very issue oriented and urban, and you could feel the grit of 1970's Manhattan in it. It came from the same era as Howard the Duck and showed Marvel's willingness at the time to directly look at social issues. Since this was their Blaxpolitation hero that meant racism, redlining, urban crime and other things that made the book feel...earnestly preachy. No one was terribly good at scripting these things yet for comics. It was clear the authors knew the book was losing audience and were trying to make it more super-hero-y rather than blaxploitation but that just made everything more of a muddle. The three to four issue story arcs that felt padded didn't help. Right in the middle of everything is a Chris Clairmont story continuing this weird Moses Magnum plotline he had been slipping into various books for years. it increases the inter-connectivity of the marvel universe but I always wonder why Chris was so enamored with it. The art is all over the map, good in some stories and almost laughingly bad in others. Luke really improved his visuals under Kerry Gammill's pencils in the later Power Man/Iron Fist run. You could make the argument in some issues that the style was deliberately chosen for the gritty venue, but that doesn't fly in most places. The inking is too sparse for the black and white presentation, so this volume was also really hurt by not being in color.
This book is effortlessly almost one of the most readable of the generic Marvel superhero comic books of the 1970s. I think the way that this was achieved was by paying a lot of attention to the emotional state of Luke Cage, almost more so than the villains he ends up chasing and punching as the issue goes on.There is a sort of dark humor/readability as Luke deals with a terrible landlord, a terrible soda machine, eclectic friends outside of his New York office, and other little eccentricities in New York. It makes his life more relatable and pathos ridden, even if he also wears a gold headband/shirt combo and punches a lot of D listed supervillains along the way.The storylines are pretty good, in that they go across multiple issues and are actually personal. Luke's friend Noah Burstein gets attacked, or Luke is part of a mafia type hit, etc. It keeps your sympathy up, because even if you don't like Cage, you probably don't want to see sadistic baddies kill innocent people.They work in gradual stories about Luke Cage (who is an escaped convict of the wrongly convicted type) working toward exhoneration, eventually meeting Iron Fist and his friends. Seeing as Iron Fist is awesome, and Chris Claremont and John Byrne start doing these stories, they are even better, and great.This is an underrated character, considering he got cannibalized by the also good "Heroes For Hire" with Iron Fist. BUT ITS GOOD5/5
reprinting in black and white all the Luke Cage comic books from late 1974 to early 1977. The first half dozen or so were written by Don McGregor, and while I'm old enough now to recognize certain sophomoric traits (especially in his character names, and in his holier-than-thou views of trends of the day), but man, it was just as devastating a loss in entertainment value when he was dropped from the book as it was for me when it happened in real time all those years ago. Unlike most writers before and after, McGregor actually had a real sense of who Cage was, what his environment was like, what the people around him were like, and of where he wanted the book to go. Now, there are some fun adventures after McGregor left, but it turned into a typical super-hero book, and that was a shame. Oh, and in the three or four issues written by Chris Claremont, more people die than in all the other issues combined. McGregor only had one character die, a little boy caught in the crossfire of a super hero battle, and he spent a lot of time following that up in Cage's character. One more thing - none of these male writers had much of a sense for women characters, though Claremont at least gave them personalities and the ability to accomplish things.
Another solid collection. The art and even the layout is sometimes really hit or miss, but I found the stories in general to be fun, weaving short story arcs with a longer overarching story and pulling pieces of his life in where needed.This book also got pretty violent. There's a number of deaths in this book, including one of the sort I just don't routinely expect from comic books. But overall, I found this a really enjoyable capstone on Luke Cage's initial solo run, merging nicely at the end into the "Power Man and Iron Fist" era that a great many people remember fondly.
Reprints Power Man #28-49 & Annual #1. Power Man fights chemical companies, racism, Big Brother, Gideon Mace, and meets his new partner Iron Fist. Power Man was an entertaining comic (I do enjoy Power Man & Iron Fist more). It is fun to see Marvel's take on '70s blaxploitation and how they were beginning to change the character as the times changed. Most of Cage's enemies are no-names, but the characters and plots interweave a little more than many of the other books of the time.
I'd forgotten how bad some of the Marvel storytelling was in the 70s -- lengthy, preachy, judgemental captions; no effort at having the words and pictures work together; and, of course, those dreaded deadline doom filler stories.
Actually rather good, although the 1970's street dialogue is pretty corny. For me what makes the series is the nicely rounded supporting characters which is the life blood of any comic book series, the bad guys are strictly B list which also helps.