Jessica Jones: Alias, Vol. 1
Luke's origins are so explicitly tied to blaxploitation that he can be a difficult character to modernize realistically. Thankfully, Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos' Alias drops the ostentatious costume and black slang, and radically redefines Luke as a charismatic hero, similar to Mike Colter on Jessica Jones. The relationship between Luke and Jessica, which began in this run, became as essential a factor for the character as his friendship with Danny Rand.
For the love of all that is holy, avoid the gratuitous, offensive, and downright bad Cage from 2002. Instead, pick up this early-1990s installment, which involves Luke Cage in Chicago. This run is very, very '90s -- at one point, Luke fights a villain named "Hardcore." The book's pleasures come from a willingness to move through a variety of unexpected genres: Cage goes from morally ambiguous crime-solving, where our hero seems mostly guided by a paycheck, to fantastical superhero by the end, leaving logical room for the Fantastic Four to show up.