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TV Review: Marvel’s Luke Cage S2E1 Soul Brother

In the second season opener of Marvel’s Luke Cage, the hero is now a legend, so much so that drugs are being sold with his name stamped on them to make you “bullet proof.” The character has become myth in some ways and it’s set right away that he’s a known factor, the bullet proof nature, the strength. The dealers see it as a futile effort but an effort needs to be made to stand up against him. The season makes it clear and plays off the tradition of black heroes playing the role of sex symbol and boogeyman. So much rests upon one man and he’s exactly that, a man.

And being just a man is the focus of the episode. Luke is having money trouble and Pop’s Barber Shop may have to move due to increased insurance rates and increased rent. A cottage industry has sprung up around Luke and it’s profiting off of him and his name but he’s not seeing any of it. He may be woke but he’s broke.

The episode focuses on Misty Knight who’s dealing with the loss of her arm. The bond between her and Clare is strong as Misty deals with her new life and getting used to it all. There’s also the introduction of Luke’s relationship with his father, an interesting twist that adds a dynamic about roles of individuals in a community.

Beyond the relationships and setting the status quo of Luke, Clare, and Misty, the episode is focused on where Harlem is now that Luke is on the table. Drugs and guns are running free no matter his best efforts and various factions are jockeying for power and to establish security and dominance. A new player comes to the table, one that has interesting… abilities and with some twists and turns the season feels like it’s set as far as plot and “the big bad” that Luke will face.

As usual, the acting is charming and entertaining. Each actor feels like they’re having fun and embodying their characters and letting loose. There’s some over the top aspects of it and some very trope like characters but it all blends together into a certain style that works well for the series.

There’s nothing groundbreaking and compared to the previous season it’s actually a bit monotonous and bland. The first episode gives the indication this isn’t the next step for the series but it’s a continuation of what we’ve seen. There’s a focus on the jockeying and the politics of the first season. Like the meta narrative of Marvel’s cinematic universe, this season feels like that in a way. While it can stand on its own, but there’s something missing if you haven’t seen what’s come before. The packaging makes it interesting from the characters to the plot to the music, it all comes together to create something that’s engaging enough to continue watching.

Overall Rating: 7.0

Luke Cage Season 2 Gets a Better Look with New Images Included a Solid Look at Misty’s Bionic Arm

Luke Cage is back and Netflix has released ten new images from the second season of the television show. Included within is a solid look at Misty Knight’s bionic arm briefly seen in the new trailer.

After clearing his name, Luke Cage has become a celebrity on the streets of Harlem with a reputation as bulletproof as his skin. But being so visible has only increased his need to protect the community and find the limits of who he can and can’t save. With the rise of a formidable new foe, Luke is forced to confront the fine line that separates a hero from a villain.

Luke Cage Season 2 debuts on Netflix June 22, 2018.

A New Villain Rises, While Harlem Crowns Its Queen in Luke Cage Season 2

Luke Cage is back.

After clearing his name, Luke Cage has become a celebrity on the streets of Harlem with a reputation as bulletproof as his skin. But being so visible has only increased his need to protect the community and find the limits of who he can and can’t save. With the rise of a formidable new foe, Luke is forced to confront the fine line that separates a hero from a villain.

Luke Cage Season 2 debuts on Netflix June 22, 2018.

Luke Cage Shows Off His Strength in This Teaser Clip for Season 2

Luke Cage shows off his superhero strength by competing in the physical and mental tests of the combine event, similar to the one that college football players have gone through on their way to the NFL Draft which begins today. In this clip, Luke takes on the combine to show his true power to the world and to himself.

Luke Cage Season 2 comes to Netflix on June 22.

Marvel’s Luke Cage Season 2 Gets a New Teaser Trailer

After clearing his name, Luke Cage has become a celebrity on the streets of Harlem with a reputation as bulletproof as his skin. But being so visible has only increased his need to protect the community and find the limits of who he can and can’t save. With the rise of a formidable new foe, Luke is forced to confront the fine line that separates a hero from a villain.

You can watch the complete second season on Marvel’s Luke Cage on Netflix starting June 22.

Listen to Graphic Policy Radio Talk Marvel’s Luke Cage on Demand!

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Sweet Christmas! Marvel’s Luke Cage has come to Netflix and is a huge hit. Given superstrength and durability by a sabotaged experiment, a wrongly accused man escapes prison to become a superhero for hire. Starring Mike Colter, the series is the latest Marvel superhero series to come to Netflix and this one touches upon real world issues like Black Lives Matter, gentrification, importing of guns into the inner city, and more. On this week’s Graphic Policy Radio we discussed the series with our guests Charles Pulliam-Moore and Karama Horne.

Charles Pulliam-Moore is a blogger at Fusion where he writes about race, sexuality, and inclusion in nerd culture. Twitter is his social media drug of choice.

His work has also appeared in NPR and Slate and he agrees that Cyclops was right.

Karama Horne (a.k.a. – “the blerdgurl”) is a freelance commercial video editor by day and comic book reading, anime watching, TV live tweeting, K-Pop listening, blog writing, superhero geek gurl by night. On a mission to shine a light on both characters and sequential artists of color, she provides commentary, reviews and interviews on her popular tumblr and official website theblerdgurl.com.

Graphic Policy Radio Talks Marvel’s Luke Cage LIVE at 6pm Tonight!

Luke Cage PosterSweet Christmas! Marvel’s Luke Cage has come to Netflix and is a huge hit. Given superstrength and durability by a sabotaged experiment, a wrongly accused man escapes prison to become a superhero for hire. Starring Mike Colter, the series is the latest Marvel superhero series to come to Netflix and this one touches upon real world issues like Black Lives Matter, gentrification, importing of guns into the inner city, and more. Graphic Policy Radio will be discussing it with our guests Charles Pulliam-Moore and Karama Horne.

The show airs LIVE at a special day and time, tonight at 6pm ET!

Charles Pulliam-Moore is a blogger at Fusion where he writes about race, sexuality, and inclusion in nerd culture. Twitter is his social media drug of choice.

His work has also appeared in NPR and Slate and he agrees that Cyclops was right.

Karama Horne (a.k.a. – “the blerdgurl”) is a freelance commercial video editor by day and comic book reading, anime watching, TV live tweeting, K-Pop listening, blog writing, superhero geek gurl by night. On a mission to shine a light on both characters and sequential artists of color, she provides commentary, reviews and interviews on her popular tumblr and official website theblerdgurl.com.

Listen in live and Tweet us your thoughts and questions @graphicpolicy.

Listen in tonight at 6pm ET.

TV Review: Marvel’s Luke Cage S1E13 You Know My Steez

Luke Cage PosterWith all of Harlem bearing witness, Luke takes on the fight of his life in hopes of emerging as the defender his city needs.

Marvel’s Luke Cage wraps up its first season with an episode that begins like something we’ve seen so many times before, two guys duking it out in the street while the neighborhood watches. We’ve seen it before… a lot. Hell Rocky V ended with it.

But that’s only about 15 minutes of the episode, there’s a lot to wrap up with the warrants out for him and a lot of clearing the air with what people think Cage did…

…and it doesn’t wrap up nicely! There’s a lot that’s left out there.

In many ways, this is the Empire Strikes Back of the Marvel Netflix series. It’s a continuation of a story and it’s one that ends on a low note. It acknowledges that life is a series of low notes and the show acknowledges that even innocent African American men are often shat on by the system. It’s a fresh statement from anything, let along a live action series from Marvel.

The series leaves a lot out there and actual breaks from the usual paint by numbers ending of most of the Marvel live action releases and does that by giving us a coda.

That coda is important in that it reminds us the basic themes of the series and much of what it has said throughout its thirteen episodes, a greatest hits of its points. It reminds us why Luke Cage is special. And while this episode, and the series as a whole, has some bumps, it also reminds us why this series is special. It shows that superheroes can be relevant and act as a mirror to our society.

Marvel’s Luke Cage is a triumph in many ways and hopefully is just the start of even more to come.

Overall Rating: 8.65

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