Newsarama has revealed new details surrounding Luke Cage's Marvel Legacy arc, speaking with series scribe David F. Walker, who will be tackling the character's adventures along with artist Nelson Blake. According to the site, the title -- which will renumber with issue #166 -- will explore the Hero-for-Hire's roots and former life as Carl Lucas.
“Luke Cage is not Luke Cage. Carl Lucas is Luke Cage,” Walker told the site. “And this story is about what it is in Carl Lucas that makes him Luke Cage.”
“Within the Legacy storyline there is an exploration of who Luke Cage is at his core, and by this I don’t mean Luke Cage - I actually mean Carl Lucas...Hardcore fans know that Luke Cage’s real name is Carl Lucas, and that he became Luke Cage after getting super powers and escaping prison.”
Walker indicated that Cage's past could inform the character's future. “Luke is facing the threat of losing himself, literally.” the writer explained. “Everything he has become, and worked towards is now on the line. If he fails, he will go back to who and what he was before he got his super powers."
“What I’m trying to do is take Luke back to the place he was when he was first introduced into the Marvel universe. When we talk about the ‘Classic Marvel’ feeling, I think some people get confused. There was a specific way stories were written in decades past – captions, thought balloons, and things like that. Yes, that’s part of the ‘Classic Marvel,’ but there is something much deeper, and it speaks to the emotional resonance of the characters.”
Walker cited writer Brian Michael Bendis' work on the character, crediting him for adding three dimensions to the decades-old hero. “My goals as a writer are always the same – do right by the character, and write the best story I can," Walker said. "My lifelong appreciation of Luke Cage is also coupled with a lot of what I wanted to see for the character, but seldom got to see. It wasn’t until Brian Michael Bendis started writing him regularly that he started to become a more complex and human character."
“What I’m trying to do is to build upon both the character aspects I loved as a kid, and the evolution of the character that endeared him to me even more as I grew older.”
Take a look at the solicitation for Luke Cage #166 below.
LUKE CAGE #166
DAVID F. WALKER (W) • NELSON BLAKE (A)
Cover by RAHZZAH
CAGED Part 1
Carl Lucas went to jail for a crime he didn’t commit and came out a new man: the hero Luke Cage. Now, Luke finds himself on the wrong side of the law and thrown back in prison again. What dark power has caged Luke once more and when the entire world is threatened, how can Luke Cage save everyone from the inside of a jail cell?