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Every day in November we will reveal the greatest stories ever told starring a particular character or written/drawn by a particular creator (and throughout the month, you’ll get daily chances to vote for NEXT week’s lists). These lists are voted on by YOU, the reader!
Here is the list of characters/creators featured so far (along with the rules on how to vote).
Today’s list is the Greatest Luke Cage Stories Ever Told!
10. New Avengers #1-5 “Break Out”
This is the storyline where Luke Cage becomes a member of the Avengers. Brian Michael Bendis and David Finch depict Cage as one of a group of heroes that form the new team. Cage has a major moment against Elektro.
9. Pulse #1-5 “Thin Air”
Cage and Jessica Jones got their own ongoing series (well, for a time) in Pulse, the sequel to Brian Michael Bendis’ Alias. Luke Cage has an amazing confrontation with Norman Osborn at the end of the storyline.
8. Daredevil #178 “Paper Chase”
Luke and Iron Fist are hired by Foggy Nelson to protect a witness. A great issue in the midst of Frank Miller and Klaus Janson’s classic run on Daredevil.
7. New Avengers Annual #1
Brian Michael Bendis and Olivier Coipel tell the wedding of Luke Cage and Jessica Jones.
6. Power Man and Iron Fist #50 “Freedom”
Cage officially teams up with Iron Fist in this issue that also celebrates Cage’s record being cleared.
5. Alias #24-28 “Purple”
Really only the last couple of issues were voted on, but I figured I might as well do the whole storyline. This is the story of how Jessica Jones realizes that she wants to be with Luke Cage in a real relationship (she also discovers that she is pregnant with his child).
4. Luke Cage: Noir #1-4
Mike Benson and Adam Glass wrote this acclaimed re-envisioning of Luke Cage as a hero in Harlem during the 1930s. Shawn Martinbrough did a marvelous job on the artwork.
3. Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #8-9
This is the storyline where Doctor Doom stiffs Luke Cage out of a $200 payment, leading to Cage going on a mission of revenge to Latveria. You can read more about it here.
2. Power Man #48-49
Chris Claremont and John Byrne (with inker Dan Green) show why they are so well regarded as a creative team as the two handle the introduction of Iron Fist into Power Man’s comic book. Their team-up also leads to a major change in Luke’s life – his record being cleared!
1. Pulse #11-14 “Fear”
Luke and Jessica’s baby is born! This nifty storyline (drawn by Alias artist Michael Gaydos), shows the evolution of Luke and Jessica’s relationship, including their first meeting!
Okay, that’s the list! Agree? Disagree? Let me know!
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