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Luke Cage Noir (Marvel Noir)

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  312 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
A lot can change in ten years. And rarely for the better. Local legend, Luke Cage, invincible, unstoppable, unflappable, finds that out the hard way when he returns to the mean streets of Prohibition-era Harlem after a ten-year stretch in Riker's Island. All he wants is to be back in the loving arms of his woman, but certain powerful men have different plans for Cage. Will ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published March 10th 2010 by Marvel (first published 2010)
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Adam
Jul 11, 2010 Adam rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Luke Cage recast as a reluctant hero in '30s Harlem makes a lot of sense, and works really well. My only complaint is that too much of the dialogue seems cribbed from hard-boiled source material without much of an effort to make it seem natural in the context of this story, but I thought the writing improved and became more fluid in the second half.

The art is especially beautiful, and evokes a bygone criminal demimonde extremely well. As with Punisher Noir, there were some surprises about the ch
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How to Love Comics
Sep 26, 2016 How to Love Comics rated it really liked it
I read this as part of my research for an article about the best Luke Cage stories and I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Due to what he can represent Luke Cage is a the perfect candidate for the noir treatment. The result is a mystery-action detective story which keeps you guessing until the end. Unlike many stories of this genre, Luke Cage Noir has a fair bit of meat on the bones in which it explores the poverty divide, especially in regards to race, and what it means to be a symbol of ...more
Melissa
I loved this series. It was a quick read and sort of reminded me of Easy Rawlins. Yep. Noir. Awesome.
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Jan 01, 2013 Online Eccentric Librarian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels

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I've never been a fan of noir (it can be a little too cliche'd) and am not steeped in the history of Luke Cage or the Marvel Universe. So I came into this graphic novel with a clean slate and without expectations.

I greatly enjoyed this graphic novel. The artwork is beautiful and captures beautifully in earthen tones of browns, beiges, and blacks, the world of 1920s Harlem. The refined art is matched by excellent storytel
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Jeff Lanter
Jun 08, 2015 Jeff Lanter rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
After reading several of the Marvel Noir stories, I finally picked up Luke Cage because I've mostly enjoyed them and I've always liked Luke Cage or at least how is written in Bendis's run on Daredevil. This is set in 1920's Harlem and is basically a classic detective story with a little bit of superpowers thrown in for good measure. That sets this apart from some of the other stories which were more of the classic origin stories. The plot has some nice twists and the murder that Cage is hired to ...more
Taylor Marie
Jul 15, 2016 Taylor Marie rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I ADORE Jessica Jones. I never heard much about the superheroine until the television series. Since then, I have been OBSESSED. I want to own all of the novel that involve Jessica. But I haven't been able to get my hands on one, so when I found this Luke Cage graphic novel at my local bookstore, I was ecstatic. Any character who was present in Jessica Jones' life is an interest to me. (And I just learned he's getting his own show! *happy dance*)

Luke Cage Noir was an excellent exploration into Ca
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Matthew
Oct 28, 2010 Matthew rated it it was ok
A decent enough story, with putting Luke Cage in the prohibition era and pitting him against Harlem gangsters. Also loved the appearance of Tombstone, one of my favorite mobsters in the Marvel world. But the dialogue here is wretched...it's like Benson sat and watched a bunch of B-movies from the 30's and 40's and copied down all the catch-phrases. If one more person said, "put ___ in the cooler" I think I would have set my copy on fire. Easily the weakest out of Marvel Noir books I've read so f ...more
John
Aug 16, 2015 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
These Marvel Noir books are hit or miss, and while this one has a lot going for it, the result is mostly a miss. The retro atmosphere is well done, but the period dialog is overdone to the point of being silly. Also the plot has lots of nice noir touches but borders on cliche. It's the book's small format, however, that makes this a loser for me. The print is so tiny, it's extremely difficult to read.
Garrett
May 06, 2016 Garrett rated it liked it
The Noir series of books from Marvel were awesome; alternate universes where the characters were placed in times and situations completely unlike the mostly primary-colored standard Marvel Universe, instead these were true noir stories, often without a happy ending, and filled with cool ideas and challenging spins on the characters. This one is no different, and plunges Luke into 1920s Harlem. It's racially charged on every page; brutal and forthright. Dark in every way.
Kathleen
This was a pretty good noir story, and I liked the angle they took for the Power Man ability, but it just didn't feel like Luke Cage to me. Stylistically fun, though, and probably worth reading for comic lovers who also enjoy the occasional Sam Spade.
Ben
Oct 03, 2016 Ben rated it liked it
This was fine. It does well fusing hard boiled noir trappings and 30s prohibition era with the Marvel universe, it just didn't make much of an impression. I only read it yesterday and I've already forgotten most of what happened. It's far from a bad read, just mostly unremarkable.
Madeleine
Sep 04, 2010 Madeleine rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, graphic-novel
To start off, I should say I've never read any other Luke Cage story or ever encountered him elsewhere. This is now all I know about Luke Cage. In fact, I bought this because it was on sale and part of Noir which sounded neat.
And Luke Cage Noir is neat. I like superheroes, but I tend to prefer realism over super powers (now, I don't always prefer realism. Fantasy, I love, for instance. Superheroes are the exception.) and I love the "film" noir genre, so Marvel Noir seemed like a good place to in
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Andrew
Sep 08, 2014 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
My usual definition of “noir” involves “can I picture Humphrey Bogart playing one or more roles in the movie version”. After reading Luke Cage: Noir, I may need to amend that definition slightly.

The basic plot: Luke Cage is released from prison (for a crime he did not commit) after allegedly agreeing to undergo a series of medical experiments. He arrives back in New York City and must decide how to put the pieces of his life back together and what to do with all of the tomorrows to come. (This
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Silas
Apr 20, 2016 Silas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
By itself, this is an interesting pulp detective story, and puts an interesting spin on classic detective stories by having it take place in Prohibition-era Harlem. It features organized crime and gangsters with odd abilities in the style of Dick Tracy serials. What it doesn't do so well is make it about Luke Cage. The main character is named that, and has a superficial resemblance to the Marvel character in that he is black and has been to prison. Other Luke Cage characters show up here, barely ...more
Sam Quixote
Sep 05, 2011 Sam Quixote rated it liked it
Set in the early twentieth century, Luke “Power Man” Cage is released from prison to find out his girlfriend is in trouble and numerous enemies are out to get him. The story follows Cage as he reacquaints himself with the criminal underworld and fights his way to freedom.

Continuing their pulpy/noir series, transplanting popular characters to the Chandler-esque world of crime and vice, Marvel chose one too many characters for this series I think. Luke Cage is an alright character but isn’t as int
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Zach
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Julie
Oct 05, 2016 Julie rated it really liked it
Last night my husband compared Luke Cage to Steve Rogers (Captain America) - two men who "work hard to do the right thing." You see a lot of that in Mike Brendon's interpretation; Cage has his own goals when he gets out of prison, but when things go awry he has to put them aside to right some wrongs. Loved the noir interpretation, set in Harlem during Prohibition. The artwork does a great job of evoking that era. Also loved the play on Invisible Man/Invincible Man that the author toys with; invi ...more
Angel
This definitely has a good hardboiled, noir feel to it. The character of Luke Cage is well suited to a story out of Prohibition-era Harlem. He has been in prison, and is now free. It seems he may get some help from an old friend who is not a big mobster, and a white man hires him to investigate a murder. But it is not all as it seems in this tale of betrayals and murder. Is someone trying to set the Power Man for a fall? In addition to a pretty good story, the art in this volume helps the story ...more
Tracy
The language was a bit harsh for me and seemed over done at times-think the jive talking scene from Airplane-but I liked the overall story.

Apparently, the rumor is that Luke Cage has a body of steel and no harm can come to him. He's released from prison, goes to his old haunts to look for his girl and gets hired to see why a white woman was murdered in Harlem.

He solves the mystery and even I was surprised-HOWEVER-this was common in those days. He even found out about himself and how life is alwa
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Daryl
Jul 18, 2014 Daryl rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Good story (Harlem, 1930s, gangsters, racism), good art (I agree with the back cover blurb that Shawn Martinbrough is underrated), but I'm not sure what Marvel's intentions were with the Noir series. This Luke Cage is not much like the Luke Cage of the Marvel U, and using the names of a bunch of characters from the venue really adds nothing to this story. I love the idea of taking regular, well-known comics characters and putting them into different settings & scenarios, but this one just di ...more
J.
Jan 13, 2011 J. rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Solid, and the mystery element and reveal were very nice. There were two things that kept it from being great: first, the panel work was confusing, and there were individual-panel flashbacks that you couldn't tell were flashbacks--they were right in the story. At times, there was a colorshift to let you know, but the palette was so minimal (Noir) that sometimes you couldn't tell. Second, one of the character's defeat and death was ridiculous. (As in, while reading, you'll be thinking, "Why doesn ...more
Dmitry Yakovenko
Aug 06, 2012 Dmitry Yakovenko rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Это не самый лучший представитель нуарной вселенной Marvel, ведь в этом томе нет ничего выдающегося, кроме разве что, уже привычной стилистики этой вселенной. Мрачная, жестокая и крайне серьезная история, с не самым красивым рисунком, с малым количеством какого либо интересного действа, местами скучноватая, но даже при этом ее стоит прочитать, ведь она наполнена отличными персонажами, радует действительно интересным сюжетом и потрясает прекраснейшим финалом, ради которого стоило прочитать весь т ...more
Ma'Belle
Oct 04, 2016 Ma'Belle rated it liked it
I somehow managed to read this cover-to-cover while sitting at a restaurant, by myself, eating breakfast enchiladas and drinking bottomless mimosas. It was the first Luke Cage comic I've read, and was probably not a great place to get into the character, as it tells a rather non-superpowered period detective story rather than a canonical portrayal of Cage/Power Man in the regular Marvel Universe.

He's a great character in Jessica Jones, and now I'm hearing wonderful things about his own netflix s
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Rahadyan
Dec 07, 2015 Rahadyan rated it it was amazing
I'm a longtime admirer of Shawn Martinbrough's work. Luke Cage Noir was one of his works he discussed during a presentation of his creative process at the Society of Illustrators in December of 2015, so I decided to read it for myself. I enjoyed the setting and how perfectly Luke Cage fit in.

At some point, I'll seek out more of Mike Benson and Adam Glass's work. Loved the twist at the end, which I didn't see coming at all!
Caroline
Aug 07, 2010 Caroline rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I appreciate what the writer is trying to do in this book, but the amount of corny and unlikely 30s Harlem slang made it read like self-parody. I liked the art and the storytelling was decent but I just couldn't take anything anyone was saying seriously. It's weird, it's not a dialect book -- I didn't find it offensive -- it's just stilted. There are ways to suggest idiomatic speech without having half a dozen ridiculous slang words in every sentence.
sixthreezy
Apr 13, 2012 sixthreezy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: swon-2012, marvel
I'm not very familiar with Luke Cage, but I do know that this setting was perfect for his kind of story. This felt like a perfect noir tale, with the addition of some heroes and villains that typically exist outside of a reality based setting. Often got the Dick Tracy kind of vibe from this, but with more African-American influence being that it takes place in Harlem and Luke Cage is a big, strong black Powerman. Surprisingly loved this one after the much disappointing X-Men Noir...
Sofia
Nov 06, 2011 Sofia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, comics
Mais um bom número da colecção Marvel Noir. Desta vez, Luke Cage acaba de sair da prisão transformado num herói popular. No bairro de Harlem grassa o crime e ele é contratado para descobrir o culpado de um assassínio. Mas as conspirações e corrupção trocam-lhe as voltas e descobre mais do que aquilo que era suposto. Com ilustrações adequadamente sombrias e um enredo aliciante, este é outro que não hesito em recomendar.
M Pereira
This is a story of a slightly naff costumed marvel superhero in most of his conceptions, but this is a story which downplays his inhuman powers in telling a very human story. The narrative takes place within 20thC Harlem in New York in the context of a pre-civil rights age. Race politics fare very big in this small series which makes for a very interesting Marvel story. Very dark but also really enlightening to highlight the plight of African Americans.
Caleb Abel
Jun 17, 2014 Caleb Abel rated it really liked it
Shelves: mike-bc, comics-2014
I had never read a Luke Cage comic before so I have no way to compare this to the original, but I ended up loving it. The story was excellent though the dialogue was inconsistent. The last two issues of story really pick up the pace. I'd still rank it below Wolverine, Daredevil, and Spider-Man, but above X-Men as far as the Noir line goes so far. Well worth reading.
Dave Henderson
Apr 02, 2013 Dave Henderson rated it it was amazing
this is what noir should be.

if the whole idea is 'super heroes without super powers', in a noir setting, this is it, done right.

best out of all of them, for story.

charlie huston could have written this.

i'd read it if it was a book.
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