Comanche (comics)

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Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceLuke Cage, Hero for Hire #1 (June 1972)
Created byArchie Goodwin
George Tuska
In-story information
Full nameDarius Jones
Team affiliationsFlashmob
AbilitiesSkilled archer and marksman
Expert hand-to-hand combatant

Comanche is a fictional villain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is frequently seen with his partner in crime Shades.

Comanche appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Netflix series Luke Cage, played by Thomas Q. Jones.

Publication history[edit]

Commanche first appeared in Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1 (June 1972), created by Archie Goodwin and George Tuska.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Born as Darius Jones, Comanche was a young street thug growing up in Harlem where he became a skilled archer and marksman.[1] Comanche was recruited into a gang called the Rivals, which also consisted of Carl Lucas, Willis Stryker, and Shades. As a member of the Rivals, Shades engaged in a fight with a rival gang called the Diablos and many other gangs while also committing petty crimes and working for crime lord Sonny Caputo. Shades and Comanche were later arrested by the police and sentenced to Seagate Prison, where they were tortured by the ruthless prison guard Albert "Billy Bob" Rackham.[2]

After many years of abuse from Albert Rackham, Shades and Comanche escaped from Seagate Prison sometime after Rackham was fired. Shades and Comanche decided that it was the opportunity to get revenge on their former tormentor.[3] Shades and Comanche tried to get Luke Cage to help them in their plot only to learn that he has gone straight.[4]

Shades and Comanche returned and became hoodlums-for-hire where they clashed with Luke Cage and his new partner Iron Fist.[5] Even though they had a past association with Luke Cage, Shades and Comanche indicated that they would kill him if they are ordered to.[6]

Sometime later, Shades and Comanche were hired by Ward Meachum where he gave Shades a visor that shoots energy blasts and gave Comanche some Trick Arrows. The two of them knocked out Ward Meachum where they have the bystanders tell Luke Cage that they have a score to settle when Ward Meachum regains consciousness. Luke Cage and Iron Fist tracked Shades and Comanche to the George Washington Bridge where they learned about their employer. Luke Cage and Iron Fist managed to defeat the two of them as the police arrive. When the police fail to remove Shades' visor, he used one more blast to knock Luke Cage and Iron Fist off the George Washington Bridge.[7] Shades and Comanche were later sprung from prison.[8] The two of them tried to hold off Luke Cage when he attacked the Meachum building only to be defeated when Luke Cage knocked a pillar on them.[9]

Shades was among the several gunmen that were employed by Viktor Smerdilovisc. He and the others came in conflict with the Marvel Knights. Shades was taken down by Cloak and Dagger.[10]

During the Shadowland storyline, Shades and Comanche have gone their separate ways upon Shades going straight. Comanche joined up with Nightshade's Flashmob (which also consisted of Chemistro III, Cheshire Cat, Dontrell Hamilton, Mr. Fish II, and Spear) where they fought Victor Alvarez (the son of Shades) only to be defeated by him with the help of Luke Cage and Iron Fist. After the group was remanded to Ryker's Island, Nightshade's solicitor Big Ben Donovan was able to get Dontrell Hamilton, Mr. Fish, and Spear out while Comanche, Chemistro, and Cheshire Cat had to remain due to them having warrants and/or parole violations.[11]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Comanche is an expert hand-to-hand combatant. He is also a skilled archer and marksman, where he even used trick arrows.

In other media[edit]

Darius "Comanche" Jones is a supporting antagonist in Luke Cage, portrayed by Thomas Q. Jones.[12] He has been best friends with Shades since they were kids. Comanche's sole appearance in the first season is in flashbacks, when he and Shades are inmates at Seagate Prison who serve as Albert Rackham's enforcers, and are responsible for giving Luke his powers after they are ordered to beat him to within an inch of his life for threatening to snitch on Rackham.[13]

Comanche has a larger presence in the second season, when he is released from prison and returns to Harlem. He is reunited with Shades and becomes his right-hand man.[14] He constantly is at odds with Shades over his loyalty to Mariah Dillard, to the point that he begins secretly leaking information to Captain Thomas Ridenhour, Misty Knight's new boss.[15] It is also established that Shades and Comanche were involved in a same-sex relationship while they were in Seagate, something which Shades seems indifferent to, but is very personal for Comanche.[16] When Shades finds out about Comanche's meetings with Ridenhour, Comanche shoots and kills Ridenhour to try and preserve his cover. Shades doesn't fall for his lies, and shoots him with Ridenhour's gun, intending to make it look like Comanche and Ridenhour had a mutual kill. However, he is unable to let Comanche die alone and in pain, so Shades shoots him once again with Ridenhour's gun at close range to grant him a swift death.[17] Shades is shaken by the incident, recounting Comanche's dying words the next day while burning his clothes, and offers his personal condolences to Comanche's mother, Janis.[18] When Shades turns himself in and strikes a deal with Misty, he confesses to Comanche's murder, to which Janis spits in his face.[19] At the end of the season, Shades is arrested by Misty and Bailey for Comanche's murder after his immunity deal is voided by Mariah's death in jail.[20]


  1. ^ Shadowland: Power Man #1
  2. ^ Luke Cage: Hero for Hire #1"
  3. ^ Luke Cage: Hero for Hire #14
  4. ^ Luke Cage: Hero for Hire #16
  5. ^ Power Man #48
  6. ^ Power Man #49
  7. ^ Power Man and Iron Fist #98
  8. ^ Power Man and Iron Fist #99
  9. ^ Power Man and Iron Fist #100
  10. ^ Marvel Knights #12
  11. ^ Shadowland: Power Man #2
  12. ^ TV Guide (September 30, 2016). "Marvel's Luke Cage: Every Easter Egg and Reference". The Daily Register.
  13. ^ Natali, Vincenzo (director); Charles Murray (writer) (September 30, 2016). "Step in the Arena". Marvel's Luke Cage. Season 1. Episode 4. Netflix.
  14. ^ Liu, Lucy (director); Cheo Hodari Coker (writer) (June 22, 2018). "Soul Brother #1". Marvel's Luke Cage. Season 2. Episode 1. Netflix.
  15. ^ Lemmons, Kasi (director); Ian Stokes (writer) (June 22, 2018). "All Souled Out". Marvel's Luke Cage. Season 2. Episode 5. Netflix.
  16. ^ Shelton, Millicent (director); Aïda Mashaka Croal (writer) (June 22, 2018). "The Basement". Marvel's Luke Cage. Season 2. Episode 6. Netflix.
  17. ^ Green, Rashaad Ernesto (director); Nicole Mirante Matthews (writer) (June 22, 2018). "On and One". Marvel's Luke Cage. Season 2. Episode 7. Netflix.
  18. ^ Barnette, Neema (director); Nathan Louis Jackson (writer) (June 22, 2018). "If It Ain't Rough, It Ain't Right". Marvel's Luke Cage. Season 2. Episode 8. Netflix.
  19. ^ Gout, Evarado (director); Aïda Mashaka Croal (writer) (June 22, 2018). "Can't Front On Me". Marvel's Luke Cage. Season 2. Episode 12. Netflix.
  20. ^ Lopez, Alex Garcia (director); Cheo Hodari Coker (writer) (June 22, 2018). "They Reminisce Over You". Marvel's Luke Cage. Season 2. Episode 13. Netflix.

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