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The Top 10 Most Awesome Moments of Luke Cage: Power Man

With this week’s release of “Shadowland: Power Man” #1, Fred Van Lente and Mahmud Asrar introduce an all-new Power Man, and while I’m actually pretty excited about the new guy, I’ve got to confess that for me…

Luke Cage is Number One!

I’m willing to give the new character a fair shot, but before I do, I think it’s only fitting to give the old guard a proper sendoff by looking back at the ten most awesome moments of the yellow-silk-shirt-and-tiara era of Luke Cage: Power Man!

Surprising no one, Luke Cage had to deal with a lot of people trying to kill him pretty much all the time, a task that was made somewhat difficult by the fact that he has impenetrable “steel-hard” skin. You’d think knowing that bullets couldn’t hurt a guy would probablymake you think that a pair of snakes wouldn’t fare much better, but when you’re a mobster named Cottonmouth, you’re pretty much consigned to working with a particular gimmick.Either way, a briefcase full of snakes doesn’t present much of a problem as Luke’s solution is to grab one in each hand, crack them like a pair of whips, tie them into a knot, and then — later — wrap them around his fist and threaten to snakepunch a thug for information. The dude has got no mercy.

A recurring theme of Power Man’s early adventures is that sketchy characters are always taking advantage of his status as a “Hero For Hire” in order to involve him in increasingly elaborate criminal schemes. The other recurring theme? It always backfires, getting the crook punched in the mouth, like R. Lambert Martinson up here.Martinson’s scheme, though, goes the extra mile for strangeness: Through a series of costumes, misinformation and complicated set pieces, he dupes Luke into thinking that Janos Trevorik, an innocent if eccentric magician, is actually a vampire, in hopes that Luke will murder him by ramming a chair leg through his chest. So how does Luke suss out the fact that it’s all an extremely bizarre con?

#8. The Man Called Mace! (“Power Man” #44 and others)

#7: Power Man vs. the Renaissance Faire! (“Power Man” #39)

#6. Power Man contra El Luchador! (“Power Man” #27)

#5. When Danny Met Luke (“Power Man” #48)

#4. Luke Cage Tells It Like It Is (“Hero For Hire” #5)

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