Luke Cage is Marvel’s most important series to date; that fact is undeniable. Much has already been written, eloquently and incisively, about the emotional and cultural significance of a bulletproof black hero in the time of #BlackLivesMatter, and there’s no denying the visceral visual impact of an African-American man in a hoodie striding through a hail of gunfire and emerging unscathed.

But “important” is not always the same as “good.” Relevance and quality often go hand in hand, but sometimes they’re mutually exclusive — and with the proliferation of superhero shows springing up across the TV landscape, every new series arrives with the onus to prove why it deserves to exist. Read more…

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Luke Cage is Marvel’s most vital hero yet