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Essential Luke Cage, Power Man, Vol. 2 (Essential Luke Cage, Power Man #2)

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  51 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Luke Cage wraps up his early solo career against the likes of Zzzax, Chemistro and Gideon Mace - then launches a new era with Iron Fist, forming one of Marvel's oddest and most enduring partnerships! This work features guest-starring of the X-Men and the Daughters of the Dragon.
Paperback, 424 pages
Published August 30th 2006 by Marvel
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Nov 27, 2015 Steve rated it liked it
reprinting in black and white all the Luke Cage comic books from late 1974 to early 1977. The first half dozen or so were written by Don McGregor, and while I'm old enough now to recognize certain sophomoric traits (especially in his character names, and in his holier-than-thou views of trends of the day), but man, it was just as devastating a loss in entertainment value when he was dropped from the book as it was for me when it happened in real time all those years ago. Unlike most writers bef ...more
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Aug 31, 2014 Jason Luna rated it it was amazing
This book is effortlessly almost one of the most readable of the generic Marvel superhero comic books of the 1970s. I think the way that this was achieved was by paying a lot of attention to the emotional state of Luke Cage, almost more so than the villains he ends up chasing and punching as the issue goes on.

There is a sort of dark humor/readability as Luke deals with a terrible landlord, a terrible soda machine, eclectic friends outside of his New York office, and other little eccentricities i
Feb 09, 2014 Lissibith rated it liked it
Another solid collection. The art and even the layout is sometimes really hit or miss, but I found the stories in general to be fun, weaving short story arcs with a longer overarching story and pulling pieces of his life in where needed.

This book also got pretty violent. There's a number of deaths in this book, including one of the sort I just don't routinely expect from comic books.

But overall, I found this a really enjoyable capstone on Luke Cage's initial solo run, merging nicely at the end
Steven Heywood
Apr 18, 2015 Steven Heywood rated it it was ok
I'd forgotten how bad some of the Marvel storytelling was in the 70s -- lengthy, preachy, judgemental captions; no effort at having the words and pictures work together; and, of course, those dreaded deadline doom filler stories.
Reprints Power Man #28-49 & Annual #1. Power Man fights chemical companies, racism, Big Brother, Gideon Mace, and meets his new partner Iron Fist. Power Man was an entertaining comic (I do enjoy Power Man & Iron Fist more). It is fun to see Marvel's take on '70s blaxploitation and how they were beginning to change the character as the times changed. Most of Cage's enemies are no-names, but the characters and plots interweave a little more than many of the other books of the time.
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Mar 06, 2014 Sean Brennan rated it really liked it
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Actually rather good, although the 1970's street dialogue is pretty corny. For me what makes the series is the nicely rounded supporting characters which is the life blood of any comic book series, the bad guys are strictly B list which also helps.
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