Review: The Strange Talent of Luther Strode #2

When last we left Luther he was a string bean kid that had broken the jaw of the biggest jock in school. Fresh off of a six-week suspension he’s returned to school and it’s bigger than the jock in the muscle department. The entire school stares at him as he enters and his only friend Pete (why are they always named Pete?) thinks that it is awesome. Like clockwork the super jock shows up and begins mumbling at them and in a day-dream sequence Luther sees himself cutting the jock in two with his bare hands and then going to town on everyone around him… including Pete. After the encounter ends non-violently Petra our “too cool for school” love interest shows up to flirt with Luther and they kiss for a second time. To bad Luther is the densest guy on the planet and still doesn’t get that she’s into him. Our super jock is back at home lifting weights in order to trump his enemy when our villain from the first issue shows up and, well he’s not going to have a happy X-Mas I’ll tell you that much. Some more Luther and Petra action happens and then finally Luther is put in a situation that makes him a hero… and probably ruins his life.

Strange Talent of Luther Strode #2This issue is actually better than the first in my opinion, not leaps and bounds, but better. I like the character reactions and the fact that the writer has a character that can’t talk, but still managed to use them in creative ways to communicate with the other characters and essentially to the reader. The writing is still very solid, but the art really shines in this series. The action and gore are very cool and have an ultra-violent yet very surreal look to them. What I feel makes the art stand out the most is the coloring. This book has great color and it really brings the art and story alive.

I’m sold on this book and I can’t wait to read the next issue. I wonder with the series popularity if an ongoing will spring out of this mini or if the story is self-contained so much that it can’t be expanded on. I would almost prefer for it to end when it’s supposed to, but money and success has ways of changing stories. One thing for sure is that this is one of the best books of 2011 and you don’t want to miss out on it any more than you have already.

Score: 4/5

Writer: Justin Jordan Artist: Tradd Moore Publisher: Image Comics Price: $2.99