From the talented pencil of Ray-Anthony Height comes this redesign of Luke Cage, AKA Power Man! Cage is enjoying popularity and attention he hasn’t received in many years, if ever. Thanks to the mighty writing of Brian Michael Bendis, Cage is not only cool, but he’s also in demand; Cage will not only appear in the new New Avengers title, but also the new Thunderbolts. But, he lacks a costume. Let’s take a second to remember that Luke went from this pic on the left…to the one on the right:
Not much of a costume, right? Enter Ray Height. Now, on to the reviews! - Vito Delsante
Rachel: I’m not sure how I feel about the steel-toed wellies–I think something sleeker would have been a better match for the bodysuit–but the costume is pretty sharp. He looks kinda like a fighting game character, and it’s certainly no sillier than either of the canonical costumes pictured.
Vito: While he certainly doesn’t need the steel toes (what’s a welly?), it reminds me of Timberland boots, in a way. The only real issue I have is the “Cage” on his side. I prefer to call him “Power Man,” myself. But I love the color scheme and the chain motif.
Rachel: Short for wellingtons–rain boots, which are what those remind me of. You’re right that they’re probably closer to Timberlands, though, in which case the steel toe makes more sense.
Chris: I like how the guantlets and belt carry over the steel chain vibe from the original costume, but overall it’s a little bit too slick for Luke’s tastes IMHO.
Dean: Sweet (Christmas)! I think a half-step between his current non-costume might be an easier sell (maybe the top with jeans?), but I love the modified color scheme and return to costumed superheroing. But the truly brilliant bit here is the negative space chain icon hidden in the “C” in the “CAGE” logo. Very cool. The earring’s gotta go, though.