“I don’t just seek justice. I stalk it.” It’s so very important that Misty Knight spoke those words on Luke Cage.
The TV series featuring Luke Cage comes during a long, painful procession of black people dying from bullets fired by police who are supposed to protect them. The series doesn’t feature an overtly political storyline but, nevertheless, much has been made of the fact that Luke Cage’s status as a bulletproof black man makes the Marvel Comics character an instant symbol. The symbolism accruing around Cage in this moment comes from wish fulfillment, an aggregate desire for a near-invulnerability that would let people get back up after being shot.