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Getting What’s Coming to Him

July 11, 2010

John Arcudi, Eric Canete, and Pepe Larraz conclude their tale with New Avengers: Luke Cage #3.  Cage decides to leave down, realizing that he can’t do anything else for Philadelphia.  Lionfang’s guys watch him leave and follow him back to Trenton, and the computer cousin visits the young guy to tell him that Luke left.  Then, that businessman finds Cage in his office, wanting to talk.  Seems Cage and the cousin had gotten information that the heroin that was being sold was being weakened, so the buyers weren’t too happy.  The businessman pleads innocent, but Cage then tells him about when, the night before, he beat the crap out of a few guys who were smuggling the heroin and took it.  He then informs the businessman that he sent his office number to all of the heroin buyers so they could complain when their orders never arrived.  Cage leaves, and the businessman looks clearly nervous as his phone starts ringing.  Cage returns home, and he, Jessica Jones, and his baby Danielle watch the news as the businessman pleads guilty to drug trafficking and money laundering.  Just as they think Cage is getting a break, Spider-Man comes in to inform him about Siege.  Back in Philadelphia, that kid is wheeled around in the park by his mother.  And that heroin truck is at the bottom of a lake.

Well, definitely not an action-packed ending.  Unless you consider Luke Cage rather one-sidedly beating up a bunch of thugs exciting.  As I suspected, that businessman was the guy behind everything.  Not exactly the most shocking of endings there.  Honestly, the ending was kind of disappointing.  For one, the timeline is unclear.  So, he left town, then came back to badger the businessman, then went back home?  Or had he already done those things before he left?  I’m not sure.  Plus, why did they have to include the money laundering too?  It seemed like a random addition that didn’t add much to the plot.  It was satisfying to see that smug schmuck get his due, but I was expecting him to be a superhuman or at least have another superhuman bodyguard for Cage to throw down with at the end.  Plus, the very end is ambiguous.  Considering Lionfang’s earlier comment about that kid wanting to join in with the heroin business, will he go and find that truck?  I don’t know.  Eric Canete’s art is still fairly good.  His necks and veins are still ridiculous, and Jessica Jones isn’t exactly the looker she’s supposed to be.  Pepe Larraz’s work is as good as before, and it isn’t too jarring a transition, except with the businessman, whose head gets a tad skinnier.  But overall, this was a meh ending to a decently entertaining miniseries.  I have no idea why the miniseries was published, but it wasn’t bad.

Plot: 6.6      Art: 7.3      Dialogue: 7.8      Overall: 6.9

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