Quote:Luke Cage. Eh, never really saw him as an Avenger. Bendis upped his power level which annoyed me because Cage was always a street level hero analogous to Iron Fist and Daredevil.
"Street level" is a mindset not really a power level. Luke pretty much maintained a street level mindset throughout his Avengers career. He was always sort of the outsider who didn't fit in, admitted it, but did his best.
As for power levels, Luke was holding back 747s and taking bazooka fire way back in the 70s or 80s, and was carrying no less than 50-ton construction vehicles and unfazed by Nitro's blasts back in the 90s. He was able to punch through Sue's force field back in the "old" days. Methinks the handbooks never gave him proper justice. "Class 100?" Very possibly he should have always been. Bendis did nothing that wasn't already there.
Not paid for by the Luke Cage for Chairperson of the Decade Committee.
Those are valid points. Every appearance I saw Power Man showed him as not being all that, well, powerful. And yeah, his entry in the Handbook did lend towards the shaping of my opinion on his power level.