Friday, May 25, 2012

Review of The Strange Talent of Luther Strode Volume 1 by Justin Jordan

Volume 1
Paperback: 144 pgs.  | Digital: 162 pgs.
Publication: April 17th 2012 by Image Comics
Written by: Justin Jordan  | Art by: Tradd Moore
Publisher: Image Comics
Luther Strode is just your average geek until he sends for an exercise course from the back of an old comic book. What he gets is the instruction manual from a murder cult as old as mankind that does everything that it promised and more.


About the Author
Justin Jordan is from the wilds of Pennsylvania, and has been everything from a lumberjack to a librarian, but has settled on writing because it doesn't require an axe, which was a flaw in both lumberjackery and librarianhood.

In addition to Luther Strode, his comics work has appeared in a dozen or so anthologies, most of which aren't on 

A Review of The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, Volume 1
This was some reading. The Strange Talent of Luther Strode there's some decadent artwork to be had and if that isn't enough well there's quite a story to back it up.
Luther Strode is a nerd and what seems to plagued most nerdy types in comics, books, and movies is that their live's are filled with some abusing bullies. With that in mind, all nerds usually want to fight back and its exactly what Luther wants. He wants to get back at bullies that he encounters in his life. Luther finds some mysterious secret to doing so, the life-altering Hercule's Method that actually works. Before long he's Mr. Tough but with his strange talent he soon finds it has unexpected results: uncontrolled rage and the emergence of a man by the name of The Librarian. The Librarian doesn't seem like a particularly good man in many ways especially when he encourages Luther's violent new habits. While Luther quickly refuses it becomes quite apparent he wont be giving up on him and he's willing to push Luther. Its a fantastic story that really has a lot to bring for comic book readers containing humorous geeky tropes and jokes that jump out thanks to Luther's best friend Peter. There's also a small amount of romantic angle in which Luther Strode is the focal point of.  Although what's the important message is mainly of how power can change a person even if that person is inherently good. Good stuff. There's truly a lot well-done in the story and that's not even covering the artwork which , wow , is delightful. 

The artwork for the issue was much like a good quality comic strip. The sequences have such detailing which feels very life-life. It's easy to become immersed in the story perhaps for this reason. Oh, and you will most likely become immersed. 

High in recommendation The Strange Talent of Luther Strode!

Overall: Amazing read!
Genre: Comic/Graphic Novel

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