Brian Michael Bendis
starts wrapping up his stint of eight years with the Avengers by
bidding farewell to one of the most representative characters of his
tenure: Luke Cage. While securing a dangerous mutant, Mr. Cage,
Daredevil, Mockingbird, and The Thing are attacked by the Purifiers
and chaos ensues. Heroes that they are, the New Avengers protect
their prisoner from the fanatic sect and do so with a damn smile.
Cage's instant of
realization has been building up for several months, and his
one-on-one with Daredevil finally brings it all to a close; Luke's
contribution to the book had always been his humanity, and here he
is more human than ever before. The light moments of the issue come
from the most unexpected places and play off perfectly with the
action and the characterization. The somber tone of the issue is
nicely conveyed by Mike Deodato and Rain Beredo. Best of luck, Luke!