In Review: Luke Cage (2017-) #1

Dr. Noah Burstein, the man who made Luke Cage into the unbreakable hero he is today, is dead.

Synopsis: CAGED VENGEANCE! 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!

Review: This first issue does a lot to introduce Luke Cage to newer readers, but also gets into the new story arc pretty quickly.

The story, which is by David F. Walker sees Luke having to attend the funeral of the scientist that made him bullet proof.

However when attending the funeral he is introduced to a millionaire who funded the final work of Noah Burstein. Cage learns that the scientist had continued his experiments and created others with similar powers to him.

However when Luke is told that Burstein was likely killed. Things really begin to kick off.

The story is pretty interesting. Especially given that this is very much my first introduction to the comic book character and not the version that we seen in the Netflix show.

I’m probably hooked in for another issue of this to see how it goes. Which is pretty high praise in and of itself because I get bored easy.

The artwork Nelson Blake II was pretty good but not the best have seen.

I really feel that I probably need to see more of his work in the next issue to be able to give a proper opinion either way.

The action in this first issue was pretty bog standard and there were not really any massive splash pages or flashy moments for me to be able to get a better look at what the artist can do.

The art served its purpose here, which was to tell the story. But I really want to see some much bigger action beats in the next issue.

As things stand. Luke Cage is pretty much a beaten man by the close of this issue. But the fight sequence and the panels didn’t really leap out at me or inspire that dropped jaw moment.

Luke Cage (2017-) #1
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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