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Strongman Paperback – March 17, 2009
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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
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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.Read more ›
I almost wanted to cheer out loud when Tigre got his motorcycle out of the garage, and I laughed out loud more than once. I mean, I'm glad that Charles Soule has gone on to bigger and better things in the past seven years. He's worked for Marvel and DC, becoming the voice behind some of comics' greatest superheroes. This is where you can see Soule in his formative yet already-fantastic years. There is a lot of dialogue for such a short book, and the pages are too small, but the lettering and artwork are more than up to the task. Very highly recommended. ****3/4
Debuts are tricky things, especially in comics. Read the debut comics of some of the biggest names writing today – Warren Ellis, Brian Bendis, Garth Ennis, to name a few (coincidentally all surnames ending in “is”) - and you’ll end up reading some pretty crap books with no indication of the quality these guys would achieve years down the line. Charles Soule, though? Strongman is his first published comic and it’s so polished and good, you’d think he’d been in comics for years!
The only other non-superhero book of Soule’s I’ve read is Letter 44, but right away you can tell Strongman is worlds apart from that title. With its storyline of a Luchador wrestler hunting down organ traffickers with his bare hands and saving the city from corrupt politicians, Strongman is a vigilante story that has the gloriously corny aspects of the pulp vigilante stories from the 70s. It reads like a cross between Robert Rodriguez’s Machete and Frank Miller’s The Hard Goodbye.Read more ›