Sweet Christmas! Luke Cage Joins Marvel’s Digital Originals

by James Ferguson

Marvel Comics has expanded its Digital Originals line, but it’s going to need some extra room for this new title. The double-sized Luke Cage #1 has arrived. The comic is written by Anthony Del Col and illustrated by Jahnoy Lindsay and Ian Herring and features covers by Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire.

Luke Cage #1 picks up with Harlem’s Defender in the midst of an unprecedented heat wave. This is just one of the problems facing Luke Cage as someone is targeting the city’s rich and powerful. They’re dropping dead from mysterious illnesses and Luke has to figure out how to stop this killer. Unfortunately, he’s just received his own devastating diagnosis.

Series Editor Alanna Smith says:

Between Jahnoy Lindsay and Ian Herring on interiors and Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire on covers, the art direction on this book has been very much Hitchcock-style noir, which we’re having a lot of fun with. On both this and Jessica Jones – Marvel Digital Original , we’re working hard to create distinct visual worlds that really sing in the digital format. As people have already experienced with Jessica Jones, this new format allows us to get stories to readers quicker, in a more binge-able format that keeps the tension high and the action plowing ahead. Now, a story that would usually take half a year to deliver will only take three months, and the trade will drop shortly after that. It’s a format we’re very excited to explore, especially for books like Luke and Jessica which are more popular with our digital and trade readers!

I’m glad to see Marvel expanding on its Digital Originals line. It’s a great way for a series to find its voice without the pressures of print sales. Hopefully we get to see this and Jessica Jones run for a bit and get some longer stories out of them.
Series writer Anthony Del Col adds:

Luke Cage is an amazing character, and I’m honored to create an original story that takes him in a completely different direction. He’s almost impossible to defeat physically, so it took me a while to realize that perhaps the biggest challenge he could have to overcome would be something internal. And after doing research and talking to specialists about CTE incidents amongst football players and soldiers, it seemed natural that it could make for a very compelling and relevant storyline for our ‘Hero for Hire.’

Luke Cage #1 is currently available directly from Marvel, at ComiXology, and Amazon Kindle for $4.99.

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