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Review: Luke Cage Noir

Luke Cage Noir

The first time I heard about Chester Himes was not in a bookstore but in the movies. When most kids were only into climbing the high school hierarchy or finding themselves I was a fan of cinema. To give you an idea of how much a cinephile I was, I used to read Premiere magazine religiously when it was in publication strictly because I loved movies and everything about them. One of those movies that I watched in high school was A Rage In Harlem.

The movie revolved around a gangster’s moll (Robin Givens) who flees to Harlem with a trunk of gold and has every greedy hand looking for her. I was completely enthralled with the movie, and that is when I found out that it was based on a book by Chester Himes. That lead me to rest of his books. This story gave me and the rest of its audience a view of the world during that time which involved people that looked like me. In Luke Cage Noir we get a different look at the titular character one that thrives in the Jazz Age.

We meet Luke, shortly after he gets out of jail , as he returns to Harlem , with the world fully aware of his powers, he reaches out to old friend ,Stryker, and gets hired by a rich businessman to find out who killed his wife in Harlem.  Which leads Cage to his old nemesis, Tombstone, and to his old moll, Josephine, who faked her ow death and has been in hiding since he went to jail. As he digs deeper into why Josephine went into hiding and who killed the rich man’s wife, he finds out that old cohort and his nemesis have plenty to hide ad were looking to double cross him. By book’s end, the motive behind the rich man’s wife was that her pregnancy would have exposed a deep secret, one that is both shocking and speaks to today’s issues.

Overall, an exciting comic which very much lives in that age. It’s further amplified with the echoes of Walter Mosley’s Devil In A Blue Dress. The story by Mike Benson and Adam Glass is entertaining, action packed and seeping with intrigue. The art by Shawn Martinborough and Tim Bradstreet is captivating. Altogether, a story that the reader will have the reader searching for Donald Goines and Chester Himes in their local bookstore.

Story: Mike Benson and Adam Glass
Art: Shawn Martinborough and Tim Bradstreet
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Netflix Cuts Ties by Cancelling Jessica Jones and the Punisher

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It’s not a surprise but the second season of Marvel’s The Punisher and third season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones are their last on Netflix. The digital platform has now cancelled all of the Marvel live action series that have aired having previously cancelled Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Luke Cage, and Marvel’s Iron Fist.

Jessica Jones‘ third season has yet to air and doesn’t have an air date but is believed to debut during the summer.

With the upcoming launch of rival streaming service Disney+, it’s not a surprise that Marvel and Netflix have parted ways. Executive Producer Jeph Loeb has hinted it’s a possibility the characters and shows will be revived on that platform.

In the lead up to the launch of Disney+, Disney has been removing some of its top content, including Marvel films, from Netflix.`

The relationship between Netflix and Marvel hasn’t been smooth as the shows all had creative and scheduling issues and a revolving door of showrunners. The decision to cancel things seem to have come during the decision of a third season of Luke Cage where Netflix wanted to have the episode count cut from 13 to 10. Those negotiations became strained which was a factor in Netflix deciding to cut the shows loose.

Pharoah Miles’ Favorite TV Shows of 2018

Luke Cage Season 2

Luke Cage Season 2 – In what would be its “swan song”, the show comes into its own, telling a unique story, subverting a horrible stereotype, and giving the hero a transition, which fans were sorely cheated out of.

Iron Fist Season 2 – Just like Luke Cage, this series also found its way in its sophomore outing, fans can only speculate where the show would go with two Iron Fists

Timeless – Over its two seasons, the show has more than made fans worldwide, it has given the time travel genre, a few new twists

Daredevil Season 3

Daredevil Season 3 – Though the season started slow, it had a ton of revelations and pushed its titular hero to his limits, as fans got to enjoy the show at its zenith, before its cancellation

Sense8 Series Finale – In this show’s swan song, we get one last team-up that truly puts all other finales to shame, as this particular episode I watched three times just to catch all the things they put in it.

Krypton – Kudos goes out to SyFy for doing a prequel show right, despite one of their earlier attempts, Caprica, failing. They took those lessons learned and applied it to this show, where we get to meet Kal-El’s grandfather and a Back To The Future version of Adam Strange

Titans

Titans – In a fine fist season that will be ending soon, this series gives us a gritty yet fun version of the characters have grown to love and this shows properly ”adults” them up

Black Lightning – As the newest show to be part of the CW’s DC TV Universe, this show strikes the perfect balance between character development, superhero action and tackling relevant issues, even better than its counterparts in its freshman season

The Tick – As beloved the comic, the cartoon and the first live action version of the show are, this version more than sets itself apart, as this one finally gets the humor from the comic.

The Haunting Of Hill House – As a fan of Shirley Jackson, I could not wait for this show, as it more than delivered in spades, and happened to be scarier in places where I least expected it

Coming This Spring from Diamond Select: Batman, Thor, Black Panther and More!

The cold weather has begun to set in, but warm weather will follow, and with it will come some awesome items from Diamond Select Toys! Shipping in the spring, the following offerings include items based on DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Ghostbusters, Kingdom Hearts, Nightmare Before Christmas and Lady Death! Read on for details, then pre-order through your local comic shop or favorite online retailer!

DC Comic Gallery Dark Nights Metal Drowned PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! How deep is your Gallery? The DC Gallery line of PVC dioramas goes even deeper with another addition to the Dark Nights: Metal series of sculptures – The Drowned! Leaping from the water surrounded by the tentacles of some huge beast, this aquatic Batman from the Dark Multiverse is the perfect addition to any Batman or Aquaman collection! The 10-inch diorama features detailed paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar and sculpted by Alterton! (Item #NOV182291, SRP: $45.00)

DC Comic Gallery Batwoman PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Never send a Batman to do a Batwoman’s job! Kate Kane, of the Gotham City Kanes, drops into the spotlight in the newest comic-inspired DC Gallery PVC Diorama! With her striking red hair and black costume, Batwoman is ready to leap into action in this approximately 8-inch sculpture. Made of high-quality vinyl with exacting paint details, it comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar and sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #NOV182292, SRP: $45.00)

DC Movie Classics Gallery Dark Knight Joker PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Why so serious? Heath Ledger’s greatest role is brought to three-dimensional life in this, the latest PVC Diorama in the DC Gallery line. Joining Batman and Bane, this 9” sculpture of the Joker as he appears in The Dark Knight depicts him holding a hand of playing cards with his clown mask and a bag of money at his feet. Made of high-quality vinyl with exacting paint details, it comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Shawn Knapp and  sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item #NOV182293, SRP: $45.00)

DC Movie Classics Vinimates Dark Knight Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys Release! They’re the Vinimates you need and deserve! The cast of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy come to the DC Vinimates line with these three new releases: Batman, the Joker and Bane! Each 4-inch vinyl figure is sculpted in the Minimates block-figure style and strikes a pose straight from the movie. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Barry Bradfield!

Batman Vinyl Figure (Item #NOV182288, SRP: $9.99)

Joker Vinyl Figure (Item #NOV182289, SRP: $9.99)

Bane Vinyl Figure (Item #NOV182290, SRP: $9.99)

Femme Fatales Lady Death IV PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! All hail Lady Death! Brian Pulido’s creation comes to life in a new Femme Fatales PVC Diorama! Depicting her wielding a ball of blue flaming energy, with one hand resting on a massive broadsword, this 9-inch sculpture is made of high-quality vinyl with exacting paint details, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Sam Greenwell! (Item #NOV182295, SRP: $45.00)

Ghostbusters Marshmallow Egon Action Figure PX

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The 1984 horror-comedy classic Ghostbusters is as beloved now as it ever was, and this action figure captures one of its most iconic moments! The most serious and strait-laced of the Ghostbusters, Egon Spengler gets covered with marshmallow in this 7-inch scale action figure inspired by the film’s final scenes. This figure features newly sculpted parts and 16 points of articulation, plus alternate hands, proton pack, neutrino wand and display base. Sculpted by Gentle Giant! (Item #NOV182296, SRP: $19.99)

Kingdom Hearts 3 Select Action Figures Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The Kingdom has come! With Kingdom Hearts III fast approaching, DST is offering their first-ever figures based on the newest game! The first 2-pack features Maleficent with Diablo and Sora with the Starseeker Keyblade; the second features Goofy with his shield and Donald with his scepter! Each 7-inch-scale figure features multiple points of articulation, and each two-pack comes in display-ready Select packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. (Item #NOV182281, SRP: $24.99/ea.)

Legends in 3D Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington ½ Scale Bust

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Let the festivities commence! Jack Skellington comes to life – and life-size – with this first-ever half-scale bust based on the acclaimed stop-motion film, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas! Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this museum-quality resin bust is limited to only 1,000 pieces and comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Joe Menna! (Item #NOV182294, SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Comic Gallery Thor

A Diamond Select Toys Release! By the power of Mjolnir! The Asgardian God of Thunder returns to Midgard – and the Marvel Gallery PVC line – in the form of this electrifying diorama! This sculpture of Thor in his modern garb captures him mid-strike, with lightning coursing through his hammer Mjolnir and into the ground. Made of high-quality vinyl with exacting paint details, this 8-inch sculpture comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Mat Brouillard. (Item #NOV182284, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Movie Gallery Avengers Infinity War Corvus Glaive PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The first servant of Thanos is here! Corvus Glaive is ready to take on the entire Avengers in this new PVC Diorama from the Marvel Gallery line. With his glaive at the ready, Corvus measures approximately 8 inches tall, is made of high-quality vinyl with exacting paint details, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Cortes Studios. (Item #NOV182282, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel TV Premier Collection Netflix Daredevil Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys Release! It’s a stairway to hell! Straight from the infamous fight scene in Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2 on Netflix, this 12-inch scale statue shows a battered Daredevil descending a staircase with duct tape on one hand and a chain in the other. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item #NOV182285, SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Movie Gallery Black Panther Unmasked PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! From the blockbuster Black Panther movie comes this new, unmasked Marvel Gallery PVC of T’Challa himself! The Black Panther is ready to pounce on anyone who invades Wakanda in this variant sculpture based on the hit film, and it is in the same 9-inch scale as the other figures in the Marvel Gallery line. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item #NOV182283, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel TV Gallery Defenders PVC Dioramas

A Diamond Select Toys Release! It’s time for a team-up! Luke Cage and Jessica Jones return to the Marvel Gallery PVC Diorama line with new costumes and sculpts based on their appearances in Marvel’s The Defenders on Netflix! Each approximately 9 inch sculpture is made of high-quality vinyl with exacting paint details, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Nelson X. Asencio, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! Previously a GameStop exclusive.

Luke Cage Diorama (Item #FEB178005, SRP: $50.00)

Jessica Jones Diorama (Item #FEB178004, SRP: $50.00)

Marvel Comic Gallery FCBD Black Costume Spider-Man PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! How spectacular is your Gallery? Spider-Man celebrates Free Comic Book Day with this black-costume variant in the Marvel Gallery PVC diorama line! Crouched on a web slung across an alleyway, Spider-Man lives up to his namesake in this all-new PVC sculpture portraying the hero in his element. Measuring approximately 7” high by 11 “ wide, this detailed sculpt by Alterton is based on a design by Caesar, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Available through FCBD-participating retailers. (Item #NOV180013, SRP: $45.00)

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.

Get your copy in comic shops now and book stores November 27! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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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.

TV Review: Marvel’s Luke Cage S2E9 For Pete’s Sake

Hunkered down in a makeshift safe house, Luke and Misty butt heads over how to handle Mariah. Meanwhile, long-buried family secrets come to light.

There’s films out there whose entire premise is a group of characters hunkered down as they’re ready to be attacked by the bad guys. Much of this episode feels like that as the various players interact and discuss what may happen. It also is a good way to lead to the discovery of how to defeat Bushmaster.

Then there’s Bushmaster himself who is getting desperate for Nightshade as he wants more power. Upping the tension there it’s only a matter of time before someone flips to let Bushmaster know where everyone is hold up.

But, the episode is really about these characters stuck in a rather small space and their relationships. We get discussions like the difference between the Dillards and the Stokes. That brings back something from earlier in the season about the differences in “Black.” As a white man, I can’t say I relate, but it’s an interesting topic and discussion and not something I’ve seen a show touch upon that often. Then there’s the reveal about Mariah’s husband and the truth she’s been hiding from her daughter. It’s not something I expected and a hell of a twist. It all really shows how hardcore Mariah is and the pain she’s been feeling. She might think she’s on the straight and narrow, but she’s always been a manipulator.

This episode is the one where the truths come out and it’s full of emotion and some amazing acting. We find out the truth about Mariah and her family. We get to see the anger and hurt. Alfre Woodard in the role and this episode gets to let loose and show us “Black Mariah.” Her performance is fantastic and so tragic and just heartbreaking. Things that have been hinted about are confirmed and it’s still so tragic.

While this series may be about superheroes and powers, it’s anything but. This season is about the individuals and Woodard delivers a performance that’s award winning.

Overall Rating: 8.25

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