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Review: Luke Cage: Everyman

The Marvel Comics original digital comic comes to print and has Luke Cage facing something he never has before, CTE. An interesting concept, this is your first chance to own the series in print.

Luke Cage: Everyman is by Anthony Del Col, Jahnoy Lindsay, and Ian Herring.

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Preview: Luke Cage #1

Luke Cage #1

Written by: Anthony Del Col
Art by: Jahnoy Lindsay
Cover by: Declan Shalvey

With Harlem in the grips of an unprecedented heat wave, the people look to their hero—the
unbreakable man, Luke Cage! But the heat wave turns out to be the least of Harlem’s worries. Someone has their sights set on the city’s 1%, and the rich and powerful are dropping dead from mysterious illnesses. It’s up to Luke Cage to stop the killer—but he’s just received a grim diagnosis of his own…

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Review: Luke Cage: Everyman Chapter 1 and 2

A brand new Marvel Digital Original, Luke Cage: Everyman finding himself battling a serial killer during a horrible summer heat wave in Harlem and then is diagnosed with CTE, the neurological syndrome best known as afflicting football players.

Written by Anthony Del Col, with art by Jahnoy Lindsay, and Ian Herring on colors, the first chapter sets things up nicely with a mysterious villain and unknown hurdles to follow. The digital chapter is a solid start in that it feels like it grounds the character, who is one of the more grounded in the Marvel universe, and has him facing health. Del Col starts intelligently by focusing in on his daughter helping to transition into what he’s facing himself, traumatic brain injury.

There’s an intelligence about it all in that it really does have him facing an issue more heroes, and villains, should be facing. There’s so much damage done to them, there has to be long lasting issues. While the first chapter doesn’t quite dive into that, it’s the set-up, the end does. We, like Luke, are faced with the implications and it feels very original as far as concept. This is a man who can’t be hurt by so many things, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t feel it or deal with the ramifications.

The second chapter of the first issue ups the action a bit with a surprise villain I wasn’t expecting at all. While the CTE aspect is in the background we don’t get too much depth as to what’s going on, just the fact he’s suffering from something. The villain is an intriguing one, someone I’d not have expected and saying something I’m not sure what he’s going on about.

The art is solid and I can’t really comment on how it reads on Marvel Unlimited or comiXology, as I read it as a PDF, but there’s a good flow to it all and the art is solid. Much like the story itself, it’s a bit dialed back focusing on the human aspect of it all. It’s grounded in a very good way. When the action does dial up, it’s a quick fight that feels rather appropriate and again muted in a way.

Issue #2 of Luke Cage releases on September 19th, and the full series will be available in print for the first time as a Marvel Premiere Graphic Novel (MPGN) on November 14th. But, you can get the first chapter digitally now, and it’s solid. There’s an originality of it all that has me hooked and I can’t wait to see what the second chapter is like as Luke faces the physical repercussions of his being a hero.

Story: Anthony Del Col Art: Jahnoy Lindsay Color: Ian Herring
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Luke Cage Tackles CTE in Luke Cage: Everyman from the All-Canadian Team of Anthony Del Col, Jahnoy Lindsay, and Ian Herring

Luke Cage takes on his toughest challenge, the neurological syndrome of CTE in the new Marvel Digital Original Luke Cage: Everyman. The comic comes to digital shelves August 15th.

The digital series is written by Anthony Del Col, artist Jahnoy Lindsay, and Ian Herring on colors.

Cage finds himself battling a serial killer during a horrible summer heat wave in Harlem and then is diagnosed with CTE, the neurological syndrome best known as afflicting football players.

Luke Cage is a man with superhero physical strength so it seemed natural to have him square off with a neurological diagnosis. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has garnered a great deal of media coverage over the last few years, primarily dealing with retired and active football players. This is the first time a superhero story has dealt with CTE and Col has consulted with one of the top specialists in the country.

The two issues will be available digitally on comiXology and Marvel Unlimited and eventually collected into trade later this year.