Let’s stick with the splash page, because there’s not much of a story in this book. Luke Cage is reading “Players” magazine, with a naked black girl on the cover, in an office that has obviously been demolished many times over. He hasn’t bother to straighten the picture of his girl hanging on the wall (but he has replaced the glass in his door). He’s talking to a white accountant who is shaking and stuttering because he’s so scared to be sitting across from Power Man, and Cage calls him “Sugar.” Then he asks him, “What’s the beef?”
This is everything that was wrong (stilted dialog and stupid slang, Cage having a horndog, lackadaisical attitude in his place of business) and right (everything around him is broken, and he can’t fix it in time for the next catastrophe) with Luke Cage in the mid-’70s.
Creators: Roger Slifer/Len Wein (script), Marv Wolfman (plot), Ron Wilson (pencils)
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