Luke Cage by Ray-Anthony Height

Ray-Anthony Height

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.

12 comments on “Luke Cage by Ray-Anthony Height
  1. Why has nobody mentioned the straight-up FIST at the end of the “CAGE”? That is god damn fantastic, because it tells you everything you need to know about how this dude handles business.

  2. I think it’s a bit to sleek and stuff. Cage has never had a prominent outfit that fits modern day tastes in comics, but in media, like in MUA:2, he has this yellow shirt, black pants combo that hearkens back to Classic, yet to a modern feel.

    Still I appreciate this take. Maybe for more higher end missions or say a stealth type one.

  3. The only problem with putting cage into any “costume” is that it’s a “COSTUME”…. From what I’ve understood about Cage is he doesn’t care for the whole Costume motif… I would like to see more Supes take this approach, or at least have some more out of costume action goin’ on. It’s kind-of silly to think if an enemy attacks the X-Mansion (i.e. Messiah Complex) that everyone would take the time to get battle ready before defending their home…

  4. It’s kind-of silly to think if an enemy attacks the X-Mansion (i.e. Messiah Complex) that everyone would take the time to get battle ready before defending their home…

    Well, I’d like to argue that the X-Men shouldn’t have to defend their home quite as frequently as they have been in recent years. There have been too many “someone attacks the mansion stories”. It makes them look like they’re constantly taking it on the chin.

    Anyway, I like the costume. Never been a big fan of Cage, but I think this look would work for him.

  5. Yes the earring has to go. How does someone pierce the ear of a fella that has bulletproof skin anyway? The piping and the Mandarin collar reminds me a lot of the X-men.

    I really like the armbands and belt though, nice touch.

  6. @twbruhn – True on the earring. I just did a Supergirl where I had to think twice from my instincts and refrain from giving her earrings on that logic.

  7. M.A.L.:
    It’s kind-of silly to think if an enemy attacks the X-Mansion (i.e. Messiah Complex) that everyone would take the time to get battle ready before defending their home…

    Is it no longer in canon that they wear unstable molecule uniforms? Don’t they just click some button or some such and their costumes manifest onto their bodies without effort? I think I saw a panel once of Storm’s costume instantly appearing on her with a glowy flash effect.

  8. Wasn’t Luke Cage created as a sort of Blaxploitation superhero? If my memory is correct, then we need to put that man in some platform shoes… and put fishbowls in the platform.

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