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Rusty’s Comic Reading List 2016 | December 17, 2016

luke-cage

 

Marvel is kind of dumb. Netflix had a hit series based on Luke Cage yet virtually none of the Marvel Luke Cage collections are in print. Except this one, which reprints the full run of ‘Luke Cage, Hero for Hire’ (before it became ‘Luke Cage, Power Man’).

Maybe they are kind of embarrassed that the first black Marvel character to have on ongoing series was a big completely created by white men. (Except for Billy Graham, who was the inker sometimes and penciller sometimes).

This led to some embarrassing spots like when Steve Engelhard did not understand the offensiveness of the Yiddish word he had been told meant ‘black man’. Not quite.

That aside, this is quite a fun book. It is very much ‘of its time’ and as long as you read it that way, it works. It is pretty clear why Netflix updated the image while still using some of the same characters. Shades is there, but with a pretty stupid costume. Diamondback is there, though fairly minor. Black Mariah is super-offensive. Claire Temple was actually downgraded from a  doctor to a nurse (so that she can also be Night Nurse).

When the Netflix series comes back are they going to include Señor Muerte? Or is it Suerte? How about Big Ben Donovan? Doctor Doom?

“Where’s my money, honey?”

 

Comic Books Read in 2016

Marvel Masterworks: Luke Cage, Hero For Hire Vol. 1 (Goodwin / Engelhart / Tuska / Graham)
Fun Home (Bechdel)
Secret Path (Downie / Lemire)
Rob Malo’s Tibert Le Voyageur (Lamoureaux / Miranda)
Marvel Visionaries: Peter David – Incredible Hulk Vol. 3 (David / Purves)
Marvel Visionaries: Peter David – Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 (David / McFarlane / Larsen / Purves)
Marvel Visionaries: Peter David – Incredible Hulk Vol. 1 (David / McFarlane)
Punisher: Army of One (Ennis/Dillon/Palmiotti)
Punisher: Welcome Back Frank (Ennis/Dillon/Palmiotti)
Animal Man: Origin of the Species (Morrison / multiple artists)
Animal Man (Morrison / Truog / Halewood / Grummett)
The Wicked + The Divine Vol.2 – Fandemonium (Gillen / McKelvie / Wilson / Cowles)
Lumberjanes Vol.2 – Friendship To The Max (Stevenson / Ellis / Watters / Allen)
March Book Two (Lewis / Aydin / Powell)
Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1 – Vader (Gillen / Larroca / Delgado)
March Book One (Lewis / Aydin / Powell)
Ms. Marvel Vol. 3 – Crushed (Wilson / Miyazawa / Bondoc)
Saga Vol. 5 (Vaughan / Staples)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 2 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Perkins)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 1 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Leon)
Step Aside, Pops – A Hark! A Vagrant Collection (Kate Beaton)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1 – Squirrel Power (North / Henderson)
The Wrenchies (Farel Dalyrimple)

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