I was mightily impressed with issue one of this new series. Like any new Image book, I didn’t know what to expect but expected something novel and entertaining. The Strange Talent of Luther Strode is both and then some. Luther, overcoming his high school bully last month (by beating the living crap out of him), finds things are going a bit better for him. He’s able to fend off said bully now by simply using words, he’s come to terms more or less with his new found fitness and ‘foreseeing’ powers and things have moved up a level with the girl he used to quietly have an interest in, Petra. However, there is a man in search of Luther, unbeknownst to him as of yet. This man has the same powers, if not more so as he’s quite skilled, deadly and obviously not new to ‘the hercules method’ like Luther, but is clearly on the side of ‘evil’ as we saw last issue.
This was another violent and humorous issue. Much of the cool violence stemming from Luthor seeing how a confrontation would play out if he went ‘all kung fu’, as Pete would say. And speaking of, much of the humor comes from Pete’s uber fascination with Luther’s new peak health condition and also his interest in what he got up to with Petra the night before. The final scene is where we see things really begin for Luther, moving towards the flash-forward scene that issue 1 opened with.
I made the comparison last month of Trad Moore’s art, which is spectacular here, with two other books. It’s stylised and reminded me of Chew a little, the book in general had a Kick-Ass vibe too. After reading issue 2 I already feel I would recognise Moore’s work somewhere or even verge on saying that something is a little like Luther Strode. The visuals really drive the fun aspect of this book into the back of your eyes. A sequence I particularly liked was the final one in the supermarket. So much information is gotten across without disrupting the very fast sequence of events.
If you haven’t picked up the first issue and hate hearing things like ‘Green Wake, Skull Kickers, Nonplayer, Blue Estate…’ are awesome, but you haven’t read them ‘cos they’re a bit into their run or sold-out, grab a copy! You won’t regret it and you won’t be long in wanting issue 2 after that. It’s a book that’s mixing quite a few ideas to churn out a new one but at the same time isn’t taking itself too seriously.
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