Review: The Legend of Luther Strode Vol. 2

The Legend of Luther StrodeThe Legend of Luther Strode by Justin Jordan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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If you liked The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, you’re gonna love it’s follow up, “The Legend of Luther Strode”. Justin Jordan and Tradd Moore ramp up the ultraviolence in this one and it’s SICK. Hard to believe if you’ve read Vol. 1. (Which you definitely should prior to pickin’ this one up or reading this review.)

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Luther’s matured passed the Peter Parker or Dave Lizewski characterizations of the last collection in the five years since the end of the first book and is more a combination of Frank Castle and the Wolverine here. Luther also looks like he’s been hitting the Dbol hard between volumes. He’s a fuckin’ monster in this book. Boy’s gonna need it too, because he’s got his hands full in this one.

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As was noted in the first volume, Luther’s not the only one to have read “The Hercules Method” and the others that have are out to rein him in. He’s been a busy boy since the end of the first book and there’s some folks out there that are none too happy about it. As to who and why, Jordan starts to shed a little more light on what’s going on with that as well.

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My girl Petra’s back with some fresh ink and a new perspective. What her agenda is and whether or not she’s still wet for Luther remains to be seen. Petra remains the foul-mouthed, wise-ass I loved from the first book though. Appreciated that.

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Tradd Moore goes insane and illustrates the shit outta Jordan’s script. Tradd enthusiastically brings all the ridiculous carnage to life as Luther rampages from page to page. Felipe Sobreiro continues to pump the color into Moore’s kinetic bloodbath in this collection as well. Somebody get Felipe some more red ink, he’s gotta be runnin’ low.

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So if you loved vol. 1, what are you waiting for? If you thought The Strange Talent of Luther Strode was over the top, just keep on going. This one’s even crazier. And for me, that’s a good thing.
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Review: The Strange Talent of Luther Strode Vol. 1

The Strange Talent of Luther StrodeThe Strange Talent of Luther Strode by Justin Jordan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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