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The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, Vol. 1 Paperback – April 24, 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: IMAGE COMICS; 1st edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607065312
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607065319
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.6 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hola, I'm Justin Jordan and I write The Strange Talent of Luther Strode for Image Comics.

And other stuff that I can't tell you about just yet. Yes, I'm a horrible tease.

About me: I'm from the wilds of Pennsylvania, and I've been everything from a lumberjack to a librarian, but I've settled on writing because it doesn't require an axe, which was a flaw in both lumberjackery and librarianhood.

In addition to Luther Strode, my comics work has appeared in a dozen or so anthologies, most of which aren't on Amazon. Hey, I warned you I was a tease.

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Luther Strode felt familiar, but wasn't quite like anything I had read before. The perfect blend of an 80's horror film and a super-hero origin story. It's ultra-violent, and may not be for everyone, but it's pretty damn rewarding.

I've read others comparing this to Mark Millar, specifically Millar's KICK ASS. In my opinion Luther Strode surpasses Millar's recent output.

Yes, this is a hyper-violent comic about high schoolers. However, there is no ironic distancing in this book. It can be overwhelming, but violence isn't used as a joke. Jordan and Moore capture how terrifying having these powers could be.

The pacing is fantastic. There isn't any wasted time here. If I have any complaint it's that I would have liked to know more about the villain.

If you are a fan of Carpenter, Cronenberg, or 80's horror films, you should read this book. I went in expecting to see a different take on the super-hero genre, and instead found something that made me understand slasher and body horror films better.

Luther Strode explores the thing line between wish fulfillment and horror story, and does so without being explicit or anything less than entertaining the whole way through.
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I'd heard some good press regarding this title so I picked it up and read it in one sitting, a little under an hour. As others have said, the basic plot is one we've all seen several times by now, a teenage boy decides to change his life by bulking up and learning to defend himself. A few panels of dialogue recap a childhood of abuse at the hands of his patriarch and from there the book is rolling along with the present story.
This is where the book starts to loose narrative steam, within a few pages the main character goes from nothing to a powerhouse of natural ability. There is no real explanation for the change, other than references to a muscle building guide he has been studying, that takes place over the course of about two months in their timeline. We don't know where these abilities are coming from, and why they have surfaced so rapidly, other than a few throwaway lines later on explaining that he's a prodigy. It bothered me more so at the end of the book, rather than while reading, because I kept turning pages expecting some sort of explanation and instead received a somewhat lackluster ending that gave the sense that the author wrote himself into a corner and didn't know where to go from there.
The character development, and I use that term in the loosest possible sense, was not...developed. Everyone received about three panels to flesh out their personality and then just faded into the background. All of the cliches are present from the brainless jock whom never knows when to give up to the wisecracking single mom and the obnoxious tag along friend whom wants to live vicariously through the protagonist. The main antagonist is just an adult version of his high school bully, someone whom is violent just to be violent and because no one can stop him.
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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!
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“I am not interested in teenage power fantasies. I'm interested in adult power fantasies because I'm an adult and I have power fantasies”, said Howard Chaykin almost three decades ago. And he sure had a valid point as most of the superhero stories back then were the quintessential “Adolescent Power Fantasies”.

But what does this term mean anyway? We all have power fantasies. Unless we’re the president of some powerful country, there’s no way we can feel like we are in total control of our lives. So how often do we dream of things not the way they are but the way we want them to be? Quite often, I’d say. So that’s one thing we have in common with Luther Strode. He’s a high school kid, a geek, a nerd, someone invisible to girls and vulnerable to the aggressiveness of other boys. So, of course, he’s more than entitled to look for some sort of escapism reading comic books and daydreaming about the possibility of being slightly more athletic, a little bit stronger, etc.

“The Strange Talent of Luther Strode” it’s an absolutely refreshing take on adolescent fantasies versus adult fantasies, and somehow manages to find a middle ground between these seemingly opposing options. Luther Strode mirrors our most shameful fantasies and embraces them. He decides to practice a new version of the Atlas Method (here it’s called the Hercules Method). The Charles Atlas Method was an old advertising that appeared in comic books in the 70s and 80s, sometimes it was like a one page comic strip: a strong man humiliates a skinny guy who is in the beach with his girlfriend; he then signs up for the Atlas Method (dynamic tension, it was also called), and bang!
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