Thursday, September 24, 2015

Not-White Month: Luke Cage; Power Man.

Am I the only one who thinks that Power Man is a great name for Luke?
No one but me? Really? COME ON!!!
... Fine, let's just review "Luke Cage: Power Man"
The series follows the adventures of Carl Lucas, a tough-guy from Harlem who get's framed for a crime he never committed. The life behind bars is less than pleasant, especially since the guards... well, dislike him is one way to put it. But Lucas get's the opportunity for a early parole by becoming the test-subject in a very dangerous medical experiment. unfortunately, one of the guards who hates him sabotages the machine, hoping that it would end Lucas' life... But instead, it gave Lucas superhuman strength as well as bulletproof skin.
What? It happens!
Lucas uses his new strength to escapes, and decides to become a superhuman private eye/body guard AKA; a hero for hire. Changing his name to Luke Cage, he is now ready for a new and better life life.
Cage's adventures can seem a little... odd. It's like it's walking on the line between Silver Age and Daredevil grittiness. It's suppose to be a more realistic series about street crime and how hard life can be when you are black, but it can be hard to take serious when Luke are fighting villains who makes Spider-Man's rouges seem... normal. But it somehow works, believe it or not. One of the more uncomfortable tales s about a racist super-villain named Wildfire who are attacking a family of colored people. And none of their neighbors are doing anything about it due to the fact that they are the only black people in the neighborhood. Heck, most of them are just watching, some of them even cheering for the pyro-bastard.
"Luke Cage: Power Man" is a tale of one man's search for redemption and how a streetpunk tries to make a proper purpose with his life. Besides real-life problems(sorta) and some weird but creatively made bad guys for Luke to pummel, there are also a fair dose of humor, even if it's unintended with the outdated 70's talk.
It's sad that Luke is mostly a team-book character nowadays, because he is a pretty great character. I used to think of Luke as some black superhero, but that was a mistake, since Luke is THE black superhero. Yes, Black Panther came first, but Luke is truly a hero of the people. He don't care who you are, he ain't gonna take shit from no one, not even Doctor Doom(long story there). Luke is a man who let's his actions speak for him. It doesn't mater who he used to be, but who is is right now. And if you have a problem with that, then you are more than welcome to say it to his face.
Seriously, we need this guy out of the Avengers, and back on the streets in his own series!
That's all for now. Next time, e will take a look at my least favorite Avengers spin-off of all time.
I'm Waezi2, and thanks for wasting time with me.

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