Marvel Diagnoses Luke Cage With a Brain Disease

Marvel Comics has revealed new details on the upcoming Luke Cage #1, kicking off the new Marvel Digital Originals series, and it comes with some bad news for the titular hero.

Luke Cage #1 by writer Anthony Del Col and artist Jahnoy Lindsay will bring the news that Luke Cage’s unbreakable skin couldn’t protect him from developing Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE, a degenerative brain disease common in athletes in military veterans due to repetitive brain injury. Apparently Luke has suffered the same kinds of trauma during his time as a superhero.

“Between Jahnoy Lindsay and Ian Herring on interiors and Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire on covers, the art direction on this book has been very much Hitchcock-style noir, which we’re having a lot of fun with,” said series editor Alanna Smith in a press release. “On both this and Jessica Jones - Marvel Digital Original, we’re working hard to create distinct visual worlds that really sing in the digital format. As people have already experienced with Jessica Jones, this new format allows us to get stories to readers quicker, in a more binge-able format that keeps the tension high and the action plowing ahead. Now, a story that would usually take half a year to deliver will only take three months, and the trade will drop shortly after that. It’s a format we’re very excited to explore, especially for books like Luke and Jessica which are more popular with our digital and trade readers!

Del Col adds, “Luke Cage is an amazing character, and I’m honored to create an original story that takes him in a completely different direction. He’s almost impossible to defeat physically, so it took me a while to realize that perhaps the biggest challenge he could have to overcome would be something internal. And after doing research and talking to specialists about CTE incidents amongst football players and soldiers, it seemed natural that it could make for a very compelling and relevant storyline for our ‘Hero for Hire.’”

Luke Cage #1 goes on sale Aug. 15th.

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