15 Comic Books That Show What Kind of Man Luke Cage IsEvan Narcisse9/30/16 12:00pmFiled to: Luke CageMarvel ComicsNetflixPanel Discussion8445EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkSome superheroes’ personalities change over time, especially when many creators work on them over decades of publishing history. But this also creates a multiplicity of possible interpretations for these characters, too. Let’s see what the most telling moments from Luke Cage’s long superhero career actually say about him as a person.AdvertisementReally, these are the two most important moments ever written for Luke Cage:• “Outfit’s kinda hokey but so what? All part of the superhero scene. An’ this way when I use my powers, it’s gonna seem natural.”Advertisement• “My ‘loud, angry negro’ bit didn’t phase him.”Respectively, those statements were written in Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1 by the late Archie Goodwin and in Power Man and Iron Fist #122, by Jim Owsley (who later changed his name to Christopher Priest.) The word balloon and thought bubble establish a special kind of self-awareness for Cage, hinting at the performative nature of his superhero persona. The character ditched his birth name of Carl Lucas after escaping imprisonment for a crime he didn’t commit, changing it to Luke Cage.But he also adopted the code name “Power Man,” and became a hero who stopped crimes for cold hard cash, beginning a career of simultaneously hiding in plain sight and selling himself. He was both gaudy and larger-than-life, fitting in line with “the superhero scene” he mentions in his first appearance.ShareTweet Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.