Veteran Marvel hero Luke Cage already made a return in the team-up series Power Man and Iron Fist , and now he’s back in action with his own solo ‘book.
Marvel has announced that award-winning animator Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack) is preparing to launch a new series pulling double duty on art and writing. Stephen DeStefano will also be doing some artwork for the book. Unlike the modern-day Power Man and Iron Fist run, CAGE will be set in the Marvel Comics universe of the 1970s, featuring all the bell-bottoms and vintage heroes you’d expect. Just look at that art, man. Yeah.
Tartakovsky chatted with Birth.Movies.Death about the project, and here’s what he had to say about carving out his little vintage corner of the Marvel Universe:
“Well I grew up following most of the major titles like Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Avengers, etc. But I had also a lot of love for the smaller titles like Master of Kung Fu, Black Panther, The Defenders, Inhumans, and of course Power-Man and Iron Fist. I always liked the martial art aspect of Iron Fist with the raw street energy of Cage. I saw it in my head like Bruce Lee and Shaft hanging out together. And Cage was fun, I liked the idea of a down and out hero scrapping for work, love, and just trying to survive…
Well growing with those comics in the 70’s and 80’s I have a very strong fondness of that version of Power Man so my version is very rooted in that time, but I think it is totally fun and feels new. It was about making something entertaining with a character that I really liked. So I think it can appeal to young and old readers.”
Tartakovsky certainly seems to be bringing his unique visual style to the project, and by setting it in the past, it gives him a certain degree of freedom to avoid all the crossovers and events of the modern era. Here’s hoping it’s as cool as it looks.
The first issue of CAGE is set to hit shelves in October.