Monday, June 26, 2017

Luke Cage #2 Review - Marvel Monday

Caged Heat

Written by: David F. Walker
Art by: Nelson Blake II
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 21, 2017
Review by: Aaron Anderson

Luke Cage was sliced open and dying last issue. He was rescued from certain death by Mitchell Tanner A.K.A. Warhawk. Warhawk is enhanced just like Luke but the treatment drove Tanner crazy and now he is driving away with an injured Luke Cage. Let's catch up with them.

We open with Tanner still driving Luke back to his lair/apartment. Where he has a tool to cauterize the wounds. Luke passes out from the "medical treatment".

We then get to catch up to the kidnapped Dr. Mornay. She is being held by some old world style crime family the Corello Family. Dr. Burstein used his treatment on Mateo Corello's son, Frankie. Frankie is the guy in the mask that kicked Luke's ass last issue. Apparently there is side affects from the treatment Dr. Burstein has been giving people. Frankie has to wear the mask cause it supplies him with a gas chemical that keeps him from going cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. Now with Dr. Burstein dead the supply of gas is running out. Mateo need Dr. Mornay to make more.

We go back to Tanner's place where Luke Cage is waking up with a whole lot of questions. Problem is Warhawk is crazy as hell from his treatment from Dr. Burstein, and quite possibly a little retarded. Because he can't answer anything.

Back to Dr. Mornay who is bumbling and fumbling through trying to make a replacement gas. She has no clue what she is doing. But she has creepy Frankie watching over her threatening her. He says she had better hurry cause if he runs out of gas pretty much everyone dies. He is bat shit crazy without it.

Meanwhile back with Tanner and Luke. They drove across town to the Ninth Ward so Tanner can show Luke that Dr. Burstein experimented on a lot of people.

Dr. Mornay has finished her first attempt at the drug. Franklin tries it out on himself with tragic results, and Warhawk and Luke arrive just in time for the cliffhanger.

Bits and Pieces:

This was a slow little meandering dip on the roller coaster ride of emotions. Walker's characterization didn't do a sufficient job of convincing me that Tanner is crazy. He came off more slow in the head if anything. I was pretty much bored this issue. Even the cliffhanger was lack luster. I still have hope for next issue since it should start with a fight scene.


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