Luke Cage has had a huge part in the modern Marvel Universe from leading various incarnations of the Avengers in the comics, his marriage to Jessica Jones, starring in his own Netflix series, starring alongside longtime best friend Iron Fist in a currently running series as well as a being part of a brand new Defenders title launching in June.
Cage’s latest journey is taking him right back into his own solo series coming in May from Power Man and Iron Fist writer David Walker and artist Nelson Blake II, according to Comic Book Resources.
While Cage is gaining two new titles this year, it means he’ll be losing one as Walker confirmed that Power Man and Iron Fist is coming to an end in April.
“With this book I’m trying to build off the shoulders of everything that has come before. Just as he was in the Power Man & Iron Fist run, he’s a bit wiser. He’s still very street-smart, but he’s also a father, a husband, and he’s been through a lot more,” Walker told CBR. “I’m writing him in a much more contemplative way. He’s the sort of person who’d like to figure out how to get out of a bad spot without having to resort to just throwing punches. It always seems like he has to throw punches, though, before he can figure out how to get out of a bad situation.”
While the comic stands alone from the Luke Cage Netflix series, the show still has some impact on the new series.
“I’m writing him as a little more mature, and I’m not going to say that the television show was a huge influence on me, but it did show me a lot of ideas and ways Luke could be handled; a lot of them were in conjunction with ideas I had been developing in the first place or had been thinking about,” Walker said. “I really want to give the readers the best Luke possible, and I think that’s a Luke who does more than just fight all the time. I think the best superheroes are ones who aren’t just beating the crap out of something or someone.”
Luke Cage‘s first arc will find Cage heading down to New Orleans for his father’s funeral and will have him returning to his origins and his relationship with Dr. Noah Burstein, the man who gave him his super powers.
Walker said he’ll be introducing an antagonist that is brand new to the Marvel Universe, and will be making this book a bit more grounded than his work on Power Man and Iron Fist putting him essentially in a sort of superhero private detective role very similar to his wife.
Luke Cage #1 launches in May.