Wednesday Whittling: In Luke Cage I Hope to See…

Marvel’s Luke Cage
is just three and a half weeks away. I’ve been thinking about it a lot over the
last few days. I’ve only seen one preview and I intend to keep it that way, and
I’ve got some hopes for it, too. I’m basing them off Luke Cage Noir by Mike
Benson
, Adam Glass,
and Shawn Martinbrough.

Style: With so
much about noir revolving around style, it’s as much an action as it is a
descriptor. In the comic, I knew exactly what they were going for. I want the
same for the Netflix show – I want to know it’s Luke Cage just by seeing it. Street level heroes offer a
wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the world as a character and I want to
hear what it has to say. 

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Eloquent violence:
Chalk this up to Daredevil season 2.
The violence was so gratuitous and cringe worthy at times that it interrupted
the story. I don’t want that to happen with Luke
Cage
but the very nature of the character could invite it. For the most
part, the comic kept the violence reasonable. Maybe the big difference here is
that when it wasn’t, it was only in panels. It’s hard not to be heavyhanded
with violence so graphic and it’s hardly ever critical to plot or character
development.

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Stars: Yes,
stars. In Luke Cage Noir there are
panels with beautiful stars illuminating the night sky over Harlem and the
surrounding area. At first I didn’t think much of them. Then I thought they
were strange – they so rarely show up in comics with a cityscape. But the
thought kept growing and I came to this: they provide incredible contrast. Show
me something different, Marvel’s Luke
Cage
on Netflix. We’ve been in this relationship so long but I still want
to see effort.

Three and a half weeks seems a long time away.

The reality is it’s nothing. The days might be slow but the
weeks will go fast and I’ll need a break from reality, so bring it on.

And now, this week’s free comic, which finally clicked in my brain about a favorite song of mine:

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