The GeeksverseThe Strange Talent Of Luther Strode

The Strange Talent Of Luther Strode
Published on Friday, October 7, 2011 by

Written by: Justin Jordan
Art by: Tradd Moore
Colored by: Felipe Sobreiro
Lettered by: Steven Finch

All you skinny, pencil necked geeks out there; this is the book for you.

Luther is tall, skinny and a nerd. Not a good combination in High School. And he’s constantly bullied. So he decides it’s time to do something about it. He orders a special kind of exercise book. And then he starts to develop strange powers.

Jordan does excellant with the pacing and the script. He’s able to accomplish alot with a little. By the actions of Luther’s mother as well as the bandage we know that she’s the victim of domestic abuse. With just a quick kiss by Petra, we know that Luther isn’t as much of a loser as he thinks he is. It’s this part that is important for people to pay attention to. No one is as big a loser as they think they are.

But the story isn’t just about a bullied kid that gets powers and gets his “revenge”. Jordan weaves a larger story in and out of Luther’s tale. Opening in the future, the rest of the story is a flashback, we see the end result of what is happening to Luther. The rest of the story, the broader story, we see in bits and pieces with Jordan laying out a mystery involving a man called the Librarian. In just the few pages we can start to see some connections with Luther.

Jordan leads us in one direction with the pacing of the Librarian and gives us a bit of a swerve. Or does it? That the possibility is open to two directions, the one that is immediately shown and a possible upcoming one, shows the strength of Jordan’s plot and script. It’s not a simple and straight forward story. There are layers to it and I can’t wait to see where it goes.

Moore’s art is okay, I guess. It’s not a style that I normally enjoy with the exaggerated figures and proportions. But it works pretty good for this story. It fits the tone and feel of Jordan’s script. I’m not liking the way he draws the violence in the opening act. It’s a little too cartoony for the story. But overall he shows a good grasp of storytelling.

The Strange Talent Of Luther Strode receives
4.5 out of 5

Jordan’s story is well paced and the deeper layers to the story are interesting.

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