Note: today's blog post is about a comic book character whose comics I have not read (mostly) and whose TV show I have not watched (but who knows).
|Mike Colter as Luke Cage in the Netflix series|
and Luke Cage from his comic book debut
Luke's basic power set was super strength and invulnerability. How super strong and invulnerable? Like a lot of comic book super heroes, that depended on the needs of the plot. But basically, Luke could knock down a wall when needed and was pretty much bulletproof.
*I actually bought several issues of Power Man/Iron Mist during the late 1970s during the time of the DC Implosion. At that time, the book was written by Mary Jo Duffy (women writers were more of a rarity then) with some issues drawn by Trevor Von Eeden, an African American artist who made his mark as the co-creator and penciller for DC's Black Lightning.
It's a series that has a lot riding on it. Yeah, it's gotta be good super hero adventure stuff like prior Netflix series, Daredevil and Jessica Jones. But it also has the added weight of being a symbol. Right now in America, it's hard to deny the appeal to the African American community of a bulletproof black man looking to do what's right by his fellow man.
So far, I've not seen any bad reviews of Marvel's Luke Cage so here's hoping the erstwhile Power Man crushes all expectations.
Just don't crash Netflix again, OK?
And if you're wondering where the political stuff is lately, it will be coming back. Sorry but these things can't be avoided forever, you know/