Sweet Christmas, it’s a good time to be a Luke Cage fan. Case in point, CAGE!, a new series from Marvel Comics that is being handled by none other than Genndy Tartakovsky. You know, the guy who brought us Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory. Yes, that Genndy Tartakovsky (how many Genndy Tartakovskys do you know?). He’s not only writing this new series, but he’s handling some of the art duties as well, which means this book is sure to look and feel like nothing else on the stands. So, to recap: Luke Cage fans are getting a Netflix series, we’ve got an awesome Power Man and Iron Fist comic, and now we’re getting a new series from Genndy freaking Tartakovsky?! What a time to be alive.
We’ve got a preview below and it’s pretty clear this is not a current day Luke Cage story. Genndy Tartakovsky is doing a period piece of sorts, so this is Luke Cage in a very ’70s looking Marvel Universe. Even the tag line, “Dig It!” brings forth imagery of a different time in America. It’ll be interesting to see if this is a retelling of Cage’s origin and wether or not the book involves run ins with other Marvel NYC mainstays. Perhaps Tartakovsky will inspire a whole line of ultra groovy Marvel books. Time will tell on that one, but we’re content just reading the adventures of Luke Cage in a crime-ridden New York City. That’s fine with us.
Tartakovsky writing a comic series is awesome news and certainly something to be excited about. That said, we’re most thrilled that he is also drawing this bad boy. His art is unmistakable, truly one of a kind stuff. You can tell just from these preview pages that Tartakovsky brings an insane amount of energy and vibrance to the pages. He even plays with the medium and layouts, like the moment when Luke Cage literally kicks into another panel to smash a dude’s face. It’s cool stuff and the sort of thing that makes us so, so excited to see Tartakovsky cut loose in the Marvel Universe. Remember how awesome the stuff he did with Star Wars was? It was really awesome.
CAGE! #1 is hitting comic shops on October 5th, so get pumped and go pre-order this monster. It’s written and drawn by Genndy Tartakovsky, people! Peep the preview below and then let us know how stoked you are in the comments below. Dig it.[brightcove video_id=”5077694310001″ brightcove_account_id=”3653334524001″ brightcove_player_id=”2bfa565b-5412-4cfd-9211-6269880b8a5e”]
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