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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: SLG Publishing (March 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593621523
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593621520
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,878,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's great...! It's really fantastic. [Gladfelter's] draftsmanship is so clean, [his] cartooning so deceptively simple but always right on target. The script is tight and engaging, hitting all the genre beats but never feeling mechanical. The dialog is a total joy to read! [Soule and Gladfelter] really bring something to every single character, even the bit parts are filled with fully realized people. The whole thing is super sharp... I really, really dug it, and tore through it without stopping, in one sitting, while other graphic novels by famous comic book cats were piled all around me half-read. --Josh Dysart, writer of BPRD 1946 and Unknown Soldier

The easiest thing to say about STRONGMAN is it has heart. But it does. It really does. First you start reading, then you start rooting, and then...you'll see. --Brad Meltzer, writer of DC's Identity Crisis and suspense novel author

Strongman delivers in the ring and out... It packs an emotional punch. A well-told story of redemption. Soule and Gladfelter pour their hearts into Strongman and it shows on every single page. Truly wonderful. --Jimmy Palmiotti, writer of Jonah Hex

More About the Author

Based in Brooklyn, New York, Charles Soule is a writer of novels (graphic and otherwise), comics, screenplays and stories of all types. He plays the guitar fairly well and speaks at least one language.

Born in the Midwest, he spent his early years in Michigan before moving to Asia, where he spent time living in Hong Kong, Manila and Singapore. Stints on the East Coast followed, before settling in New York (apparently) for the long haul.

He is the author of the following titles: Strange Attractors, 27, Strongman and Letter 44, as well as runs on Swamp Thing and Red Lanterns for DC Comics, and Thunderbolts for Marvel Comics.



(Author photo by Seth Kushner.)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Olson on February 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
I didn't know what to expect when I picked up this little treasure, other than a crime fighting luchadore. However, after reading this book, I was amazed by the amount of quality characterization the author was able to pack into a mere 120 pages. The art is spot on. The cityscapes are well modeled and the artist seems to really have an understanding on how to use zipatones effectively. Soule and Gladfelter have a great future together as a collaborative team.
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Charles Soule designs a world of quirky Luchadores battling against forces of mysterious power while upholding codes of honor more powerful than that of most superheroes today. The lines between the Hero Tigre's adventures and movies become very blurred but it works. It's a great Phoenix story where one Luchadore pulls himself out of his downward spiral and retirement to write a wrong from his past and stop the greatest villain and mistake he has ever faced!
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I first fell in love with Charle Soule's work with 27, after watching an episode of the sorely missed Fresh Ink Online. Upon getting my hands on the first trade of 27, I devoured it, and went looking for all the Soule that I could get my hands on, which, in turn, led me to this less-well-known work, Strongman.

Strongman, serves as Soule's first graphic novel work, and doubles as a really solid debut. The story is as strong as the main character himself, known as Tigre; a man who has fallen out of the limelight for some thirty years. In Mexico, he was a wrestling legend, going 200-1-1, a star of over forty films, and a hero in his country. After the events of 1973, Tigre disappears, along with his companions. Thirty years later, Tigre is throwing fights to guys that he could wipe the floor with for fifty dollars a night. One night, a woman knocks on his door, and presents Tigre with the opportunity to redeem himself, to thwart a plot so despicable that it cuts at the very flesh and soul of our fearless hero.

Soule writes a very deep, compelling story. One that combines elements of Mexican heritage and wrestling, placed in a noir type of setting. Tigre himself, is an unstoppable machine; he feels like a combination of Marv from Sin City, while having a code like Batman, only one that he is willing, at times, to take too far. He may not use guns, but that doesn't mean he won't visit death upon his enemies. His sense of justice and of wanting to do the right thing paints him as the great Mexican hero that time forgot. Soule does a great job of writing the dialogue to fit just such a character. It may feel flat at times, but speaks to the translation aspect of the story. Ponder it a while and you'll realize just how genius and well researched it is.
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