I was worried about breaking my streak of quality books with The Strange Talent Of Luther Strode. Well, that ain’t happenin’. Justin Jordan and Tradd Moore’s blend of Spider-Man, Kick-Ass, with a dash of Highlander was just the right mix for me.
I’m not saying that this is particularly original to start. As noted, the geek gone hero has been done. But repeated suggestions from my boys at the shop and all the good reviews wore me down. There’s a little bit of a twist to the story, just enough to change it up a smidgen. Jordan seems to be working towards something a bit more unique by the end of this one. Enough that I’m curious to see where the title’s headed. The violence is taken to another level as well. Gore doesn’t get to me, but if it bothers you, pass on this. A whole lotta blood. If Kick-Ass was an “R”, this one’s an “NC-17”.
Luther and the rest of his crew eventually grew on me. I really liked Petra. She’s a lot like Mary Jane Watson with piercings and a potty mouth. Anal sex jokes and all. She won me over quick.
Flipping through the book, Tradd Moore’s artwork didn’t excite me at first. Anyone that’s read any of my other reviews knows that I’m open minded to unique styles, but it didn’t grab me from the jump. Flash forward to the end of Vol 1. and I had a genuine appreciation for his stuff. It was glorious. He’s great at conveying motion. Add Felipe Sobreiro’s colors to the page and call me a fan.
If you’re willing to get past the unoriginal premise and give this one a chance you might like it. I did. Already ordered Vol 2. If foul language and buckets of blood ain’t your bag, give this one a pass.