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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Reader's Diary #1459- Various writers and artists: Luke Cage Avenger

Luke Cage has had disappointingly few solo outings in the comics. This book is a collection of solo stories that were part of larger story arcs where Cage was but one of many superheroes. But after really enjoying the Netflix series, I'll take it.

Of course, coming from Netflix as a starting point, it's impossible not to compare the two. His origin story is slightly different, whereas his strict moral code is still rather similar. I enjoyed this comparison exercise.

That said, the compilation still leaves much to be desired. With a title like Luke Cage: Avenger, I was hoping to see more Avenger story lines. In the series and in this book, he comes across more of a solo street fighter. I'm intrigued to know how he would lead with a larger ensemble (there are some team-ups here, but not many, and certainly not with Luke in a leadership role) and even more interested in seeing him take on larger, global threats. Unfortunately, this collection doesn't really deliver on these fronts.

Another disappointment was the portrayal of Jessica Jones. I knew beforehand that in the comics Jessica Jones and Luke Cage were married and with a child. I didn't know that meant that Jessica Jones would be reduced to a nagging housewife. That really sucked.

As for the art and writing, as with any compilation with this many writers and artists involved, it was a mixed bag of quality. 

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