Characters Appearing: Claire Temple, Luke Cage, Noah Burstein
Hero For Hire #7
Issue(s): Hero For Hire #7
For the Christmas theme, we've got a crazy guy who acquired a nuclear bomb at the end of World War II and is going to use it to blow up the planet. He tests Luke by appearing to him as the "ghosts" of Christmas past...
...but even though Luke passes his "tests" he tries to blow up the world anyway. Cage stops him, in part thanks to some help from a "Santa Claus" that turns out to be a burglar that Cage welcomes in Christmas morning with.
Zany fun, but this issue also has some really nice downtime scenes with Luke and Claire. Really readable, realistic (well, maybe the cop is a little verbose) character interactions.
Noah Burstein also warns Cage that reporter Phil Fox keeps sniffing around.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Just thought i'd use this space to note that as far as i'm concerned, "Christmas" is just a thing that happens randomly in the Marvel Universe, thanks to the Marvel Sliding Timescale. I don't try to line up comics by seasons or holidays or anything like that except when there's a direct connection between issues.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
The villain seems to be almost superhumanly tough; Cage just pounds on him at least twice and he just gets back up again.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | March 23, 2013 4:36 PM
This is the annoying thing about Cage's strength- he goes from "barely superhuman" to capable of knocking out bad guys that have gone toe to toe with the Hulk depending on what mood the writer is in.
Posted by: Michael | March 23, 2013 5:17 PM
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