Luke Cage is making a comeback in the pages of Marvel Comics. As reported by Comic Book Resources, Marvel is set to release Luke Cage: City of Fire this fall. The new limited series will bring Power Man to the fold to face a new threat. He’s also going to see some familiar faces, such as Daredevil and Kingpin.
Writer Ho Che Anderson (King: A Comics Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr.) is set to make his Marvel debut with the series. Anderson will be joined by a rotating cast of artists, including Farid Karami on issue #1. Ray-Anthony Height will take over on issue #2 with Sean Damien Hill set for issue #3.
The cover art for the first issue has been revealed, which we’ve included for you to check out below.
“I can’t express how excited I am to be doing a project with Marvel, and about the level of talent they’ve lined up to work on it with me,” Anderson said. “I have been given the freedom to explore a subject I’m so passionate about through the lens of characters I’ve loved since I was a kid, and I fully intend to work overtime to make sure the results are worthy of the trust I’ve been granted. Fortunately, the heavy lifting will be accomplished by my incredible collaborators who’ll make me look better than I am!”
Here is the synopsis for Luke Cage: City of Fire #1.
“In the new series, a shadowy rogue group named the Regulators are terrorizing ordinary citizens in New York City, and Luke Cage is called to action when a Black man in his community is murdered by a crooked police officer. Cage quickly crosses paths with Daredevil, who is determined to bring down the Regulators no matter the cost, but Mayor Fisk is equally determined to use them to tighten his grip on the city. There is unrest in the streets, and it’s up to Cage to keep the city from going up in flames.”
Luke Cage was introduced to the Marvel Comics universe in 1972 via the pages of Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1. The character was created by an all-star team consisting of Archie Goodwin, George Tuska, Roy Thomas and John Romita Sr. Luke Cage has the honor of being the first Black superhero to lead his own comic book title. While Black Panther was created earlier, he didn’t lead a solo title until 1977.
Netflix previously produced a live-action series based on Luke Cage. The show starred Mike Colter in the lead role and debuted in September 2016. It ran for just two seasons before Netflix axed its entire live-action Marvel slate. Marvel Studios has since taken over the TV side of things with shows like WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on Disney+.
Luke Cage: City of Fire hits stands this October.