Luke Cage #1

Luke Cage #1

Writer: David Walker Artist: Nelson Blake Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 17, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 8
7.8Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

+ Pull List

Dr. Noah Burstein, the man who made Luke Cage into the unbreakable hero he is today, is dead. When Luke goes down to New Orleans for the funeral, he finds The Big Easy to be pretty &$#% difficult. Mysterious billionaires, a woman with a secret, amped-up gangs and a shadowy figure all lead Luke to the conclusion that there's more to his father-figure's death than meets the eye. He's looking for answers, and it's a bad day for anyone in his way!
Rated T+

  • 9.2
    Black Nerd Problems - William Evans May 18, 2017

    Cage reads and looks great straight out of the box. Still a rooted story that hits close to home on numerous levels for our titular hero, but the team of Walker and Blake might have something great on their hands if they can fulfill the promise of this opening for issues to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson May 22, 2017

    This is perhaps my favorite Luke Cage story since his appearances in 'Alias' and 'The Pulse', giving him a well-rounded personality, a strong character voice and imposing visuals, all the while reminding us that there's a human being inside that steel skin. Luke Cage #1 is excellent, setting up a mystery and bringing in unexpected players to deal with story elements dating back to Hero For Hire #1 in '73. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke May 17, 2017

    A solid intro issue that sets up the character well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We Got This Covered - Christian Bone May 17, 2017

    The Hero for Hire's newest solo series opens with a strong start, thanks to some first rate writing that nails the voice and personality of the titular character. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - A.J. Frost May 18, 2017

    Overall, what we have here with Luke Cage #1 is the consummate combination of solid scripting and inspired aesthetics. It's bound to be an enjoyable issue for old and new fans alike. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Huck Talwar May 19, 2017

    This issue stays pretty close to home and shows us where Luke Cage's roots lie. At the same time, Walker and Blake are onto a bigger story that stays pretty open-ended at the conclusion of this book. It's definitely a series for any and every Luke Cage fan, and isn't something you'd want to miss out on. We get to see Cage's power, but we also see his vulnerability"something that doesn't show too often. Sound intriguing? Head to your local comic shop and grab a copy of this issue for yourself! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills May 20, 2017

    I lament the loss of Walker's previous comic, but he's already got Luke Cage firing on all cylinders with its first issue. Stellar character work and a solid, character-focused mystery make for a strong debut. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas May 21, 2017

    Luke Cage number one is a solid first issue that does all it needs to do to set the tone for the series. The ending of the story may leave some newer Luke Cage fans a bit confused, but to me it got me excited for what's ahead and I quite enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to seeing more of what this team has to offer. If you're looking for more Luke Cage, I think this is a worthy addition to all the other places he's been appearing lately. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Lune May 22, 2017

    A slow burn debut issue for the unbreakable Defender, with a character-driven plot and bold, crisp art. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon May 18, 2017

    Walker's comfort level with the character is clear - there's no learning curve. This is the Luke Cage that readers know and love right from the jump. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Ryan C. (trashfilmguru) May 21, 2017

    Odds are that I'll stick around to see how the first arc plays, out, though, and go from there.Luke Cage #1 didn't knock my socks off, by any means, but the story, while predictable, was engrossing enough to pique my curiosity and Walker, in my experience,always delivers a payoff that rewards your continued reading. I don't see myselfloving this comic the way I didPMIF, but Iliked it well enough, and there's no shame in reading comics you like. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 18, 2017

    Luke Cage #1 is, at best, a blandly competent comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    WestCoastKent May 22, 2017

    Luke Cage #1 is worth the read. I loved it. From beginning to end, the comic showed a familiar Luke Cage while also delving into early character development. David Walker setups a plotline and conflict that makes you wonder where things are going to lead. Blake's art is definitely different from Sanford Greene's, who I loved with Power Man and Iron Fist, but Blake captures individual characters very well in his pencils. Marcio Menyz almost tells his own story with his color work. Each page seems to have its own tone that gradually shifts with the story. I can't wait to see how the story unfolds.

  • 7.5
    DDJamesB May 22, 2017

    I really loved the Power Man Iron Fist book that just ended. With that being said I do like Luke Cage as a character so I gave this try. I thought the story was pretty good. It was not anything special but, interesting nonetheless. My real gripe was the art. The last series' art was so unique and fit the street level tone. This art really just doesn't do it for me in this book. Luke looks like a state farm insurance agent and its not very detailed. The ending fight though was nicely done and really something I have never seen with Luke Cage before ( not saying I have seen everything anyway ). I will definitely pick up the next issue.

  • 7.0
    Jack's Yattering May 19, 2017

    I was,initially drawn to David Walker's POWER MAN AND IRON FIST because Iron Fist is my favorite Marvel property (neck-in-neck with Black Panther, the Inhumans and Union Jack). However, I stuck around because it was just a damnn good comic. The reason I came to check out Luke Cage, despite not being a fan of him as a solo character, is because, in the end, PMaIF might as well have been called LUKE CAGE AND THE OTHER GUY...I loved the book but, let's be honest, it was Luke's book...and he was written SO WELL. Unfortunately, the Luke we get in LUKE CAGE #1 feels less like THAT Luke and more like the Luke frim the Netflix show. This isn't's just not great. I would still say that LUKE CAGE #1 is a decent read. It just isn't what I was hoping for. I'll give it another read before deciding whether or not to pick up issue #2. SCORE: 7

  • 6.5
    Spock's Brain May 21, 2017

    This is a fairly lacklustre comic, totally lacking the charm that made "Power Man and Iron Fist" so fun. I know Walker is going for a different tone here, but I just didn't find it that interesting. Also, the pencils of Nelson Blake are pretty pedestrian. I think I'm going to wait until "The Defenders" to check back on Luke.

  • 9.5
    Wolf Warner May 19, 2017

  • 8.0
    Al B. Harper May 21, 2017

  • 8.0
    Pantheon36 May 21, 2017

  • 6.5
    Zumba May 18, 2017

Reviews for
the Week of...