Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Strange Talent of Luther Strode #1 - Review

SUPER TEENS GET BRUTAL


Luther Strode is a high school student who is sick of being pushed around, having a rail-thin body, and never getting the girl. But when he orders an exercise guide from the back of a comic book, he finds himself gaining strange strength and abilities. Abilities that lead him into a series of violent encounters and make him the interest of a sinister mustachioed man.

The Strange Talent of Luther Strode is a new series written by Justin Jordan and drawn by Tradd Moore, and I couldn't be more enthusiastic about it. It takes the Spider-Man concept of a high school nerd gaining superpowers and pushes it into a hyper-violent and twisted existence that makes you root for the hero and cringe every time he draws blood.

Jordan's writing is very tight and lean. It moves fast and has wonderful pacing. Moore's artwork has a very clean look to it, but it isn't afraid to get down and dirty when it comes to close-ups and gore.

It's great to see a new creative team taking the young superhero genre in a different direction. Sometimes I think that every story has been told in every possible way, and then books like this come along and remind me that there's a reason we can visit them time and time again.

I'm going to give this first issue a strong 4.5/5 for being classic and innovative at the same time. I'll be anxiously reading each issue in the six part series as it's released. Kudos to Jordan and Moore's new take on an American comic book pastime.

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