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

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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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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...more
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.
Sean Brennan
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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