Luke Cage: Everyman-
Comic book review
Writer: Anthony Del Col
Artist: Jahnoy Lindsay
Colour Artist: Ian Herring
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Graphic Designer: Carlos Lao
Publisher: Marvel (Digital Originals)
Once upon a time in Harlem…
Luke Cage: Everyman brings us our favourite hoodie-clad hero in all his glory. Everyman takes us right to the heart of Harlem in the middle of a heat wave, and right before Luke receives some difficult news…
Enlisted to help take down a new cryptic criminal on the scene, Luke has to balance his life as a father and his super-hero alter ego, as well as managing a newfound and potentially lethal health condition. Once Luke meets his nemesis, it turns out he isn’t as hated by the public as Luke had hoped. With a strong, divisive, and particularly relevant political message, Luke needs to sway the everyone’s opinion so that he can take down the big bad and bring peace back to Harlem.
Luckily, Luke isn’t fighting this evil alone; he has the one and only Danny Rand there to help him. Rather delightfully, Everyman is filled with plenty of wholesome, heart-wrenching scenes of familial loveliness and achingly relatable conversations:
Warm hearts, Warmer Harlem:
Everyman is a delight for the senses and a balm for the soul. The inking and colours painting a soft-focus picture of a balmy American summer, and the scenes between Luke, Danielle, and Danny warm the cockles of your heart. Gentle colours and dynamic panelling make the twists and turns of this series flow like a dream. A departure from bright and crisp colours, the watercolour style of the images in Everyman give the series a dreamlike quality which lies in delightful juxtaposition to the hard-hitting, distinctly real-world storylines.
The Round Up
A beautifully curated run, Luke Cage Everyman is a truly engaging and moving read, but the one thing that stands out about Everyman is its core narrative. More salient and necessary than ever, the message of this series is one that carries particular weight in today’s society, and it is this exactly what Marvel does best. The ease with which they present a solid socio-political narrative so elegantly realised from letters to inking is inimitable among comic book publishers, and a testament to writer Anthony Del Col. Nothing exemplifies that better than the letter from Anthony at the end of Chapters 1 & 2. In short, keep doing what you do, Marvel, you do it so darn well.