DAREDEVIL #43: Luke Cage is kind of a jerk.
I've been hot and cold about Brian Michael Bendis' work. But I've decided to take a look at his DAREDEVIL run with Alex Maleev. Matt Murdock has found out two things: the Owl is trying to take over the Kingpin's territory with Mutant Growth Hormone *and* the NYPD are trying to get him on tape as Daredevil. So if Daredevil can't do it...
According to Wikipedia, this takes place after Jessica and Luke had their one night stand but before Jessica realized she was pregnant in ALIAS.
Many fans have stated Bendis has a man-crush on Luke Cage. I'm not so sure about that, as Luke is a jerk here.
The thing about Luke Cage is that if he's mad at someone, it usually isn't the reason they think.
So, instead of Silver Age tomfoolery of a hero running himself ragged to keep his secret identity secret, Luke thinks Matt should just shrug his shoulders and say "You've got me"?
Is Luke saying "You're acting like you're ashamed to be Daredevil" or something else? Bendis gives Luke's dialog so much self-righteousness it's hard to tell what Luke's point is supposed to be. That continued into NEW AVENGERS, where Luke would call everyone a "sell-out."
One point Matt isn't making: Luke Cage's real name is Carl Lucas.
I said on the old board that Matt Murdock is very good at being Daredevil and very good at being a lawyer. And both "halves" are a strong part of his character. Which explains why most Daredevil fan's aren't wild about the "Jack Batlin" era of the character from DD #325 to #350. (DD #347 was the issue Foggy learned that Matt was Daredevil, and was furious with Karen and Matt that they kept it from him.)
A Frank Miller story revealed that Young!Matt decided to become a lawyer after his father PUNCHED HIM in the face for DEFENDING HIMSELF from bullies.
"C'mon, Matt. Just beat up some drug dealers to make yourself feel better!"
Matt takes Luke's advice to heart about "his own backyard" when he declares himself the Kingpin of Hell's Kitchen.