Not in time for Sweet Christmas, but soon enough…

Gotta say, I’m a bit surprised by this but Luke Cage has never had a solo Epic Collection from Marvel. (There are three Power Man and Iron Fist editions out there.) That’s gonna end early in 2021, though, with the release of Luke Cage: Retribution, featuring the creative muscle of creators like Archie Goodwin, Steve Englehart, Billy Graham and Tony Isabella.

Dig this listing from Amazon:

Luke Cage Epic Collection: Retribution

Luke Cage burst onto the comics scene in 1972 as the “Hero for Hire.” Equal parts Marvel Method and Blaxploitation boldness, he was a new kind of hero for a new era, the historic first African-American character to headline his own series. Cage’s adventures depicted New York City’s 1970s grit and the plight of its people with a realism that was gripping in its time, all while incorporating larger-than-life villains including Black Mariah and Doctor Doom. This Epic Collection present page after page of classic Luke Cage adventures: Including his origin, his growing relationship with Clare Temple, the first appearance of Cottonmouth, a battle with Iron Man and a fight to the finish for the name Power Man.
Vol. 1: Hero for Hire (1972) 1-16, Power Man (1974) 17-23

A few thoughts:

— The 480-page softcover is due Feb. 16, 2021, according to Amazon, which means it’s likely to be in comics shops a week or two earlier.

— I’ve not read enough Luke Cage over the years, so this is definitely one I have my eye on.

— Standard caveat: As far as I can tell, this has not been solicited by Marvel yet, so nothing is official until it’s official. Even then, things can change. Just keep coming to 13th Dimension for updates.


— 13 COVERS: Sweet Christmas! It’s LUKE CAGE. Click here.

— MARVEL Plans First SUB-MARINER Epic Collection. Click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. I remember the day I bought Hero for Hire #1 — I was 10 years old, and loved it! I hated it when the changed the name from Hero for Hire to Power Man, and stopped buying the book shortly thereafter. As an adult in 2020, I have to admit that it’s cringe-worthy that Luke Cage has a blond-haired buddy named after notorious racist-director DW Griffith. What was cool 50 years ago, isn’t necessarily ok 1/2 a century later.

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