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The Strange Talent of Luther Strode

(Luther Strode #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,470 ratings  ·  141 reviews
Luther Strode is just your average geek - until he sends for an exercise course from the back of an old comic book. What he gets is the instruction manual from a murder cult as old as mankind that does everything that it promised - and more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by Image Comics (first published April 11th 2012)
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Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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
Jan Philipzig
A rougher, nastier, bloodier, uglier version of the Spider-Man origin, basically. If that sounds appealing, this one might be for you.
Sam Quixote
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Luther is a nerdy-looking, skinny high school kid with more than a few problems with violence in his life. His dad beat him and his mother up until he was sent to prison - but now his dad’s out - and a bully at school is kicking his ass up and down the lockers in front of the girl he likes. He sees an ad for something called the Hercules Method, sends off for it in desperation, and begins building up his body. Except the Hercules Method really does give you strength - super strength - and soon L ...more
Apr 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
This comic tells us what would happen if "Spider-Man" went berserk, with a blood-and-guts spilling all over the place type of story.
I appreciate gore, as long as the protagonist is sympathetic.
In addition to that, he needs to have a convincing reason to kill, not just for the heck of it.
The story has nothing going for itself as it tries so hard to rely on the violence to make it interesting.
For me, personally, it was too excessive with violence and it felt unpleasant.
On top of all that, the wri
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
2nd reading.

Stills holds up as a great gory action comic with the best artwork you’ll see in a while.
Dec 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Starts out as an interesting modern take on the "wimp gets buff and fights back" old tale. It's got a fast pace, good story structure and solidly believable (if a little glib - which is a pretty thin complaint about such entertaining writing) dialogue. Our man-in-the-making Luther apparently gets touched by some force that enables him to achieve his dreams of power, a girlfriend and self-determination. The only drawback is...

There's some mysteriously sociopathic-yet-overly-polite dude who's defi
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Imagine Mark Millar's Kick-Ass, but actually, y'know... Kick ass. That's this series in a nutshell.

Luther Strode is your average wallflower, who, while reading a comic book one day, decides to order 'The Hercules Method' -- one of those shady advertisements you'd see in the back of old comic books, next to the X-ray glasses and magic eight balls. Well, turns out, the Method works, and, as one look at the cover will tell you, crazy shit ensues.

What makes this series works is the strong (literally
Sam Julian
Oct 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The stylish art made it interesting to watch the pageantry of hyperviolence. I wasn't taken in by the themes, so I probably won't seek out the second volume.
Nov 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
Directionless poppycock mixed with nihilistic twaddle. Very poor.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
A very violent superhero coming of age story. Remisncent of Kick ass with story and humour. The artwork was good but at times I felt like it was being unnecessarily violent just because it could be. Better Image comics out there.
Jack Stark
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kick-Ass: exists
Justin Jordan: “Hold my beer!”

You see, it’s like Kick-Ass but good. I wish the villain was a little more fleshed out, with established motivations. But apart from that, I very much enjoyed this. It’s very self-aware and occasionally strays close to being a parody of superhero origin stories. The side characters are fun and Luther Strode is relatable. Not enough blood, gore and ultraviolence.
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
A teenager orders a book called "The Hercules Method" from an ad in the back of a comic book, cynically hoping to be transformed into a buff manly man who can handle whatever bullies life throws his way. Amazingly, it works even better than advertised (goofiest superhero origin story ever?)

I WAS that geek, tall and spindly, blond and bespectacled. I indulged in more than my share of the anti-bully power fantasies. So I'm predisposed to love how Luther Strode kicked off. The excellent banter bet
Ryan Draga
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is what might have happened if Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth had written Kick-Ass instead of Mark Millar. In short, this book is violent. Violent and bloody and brutal beyond any degree of violence and bloodiness and brutality you have ever witnessed this side of The Walking Dead.

That said, it IS a neat series, however I kind of felt that the story progressed just a little too quickly for my tastes. Though I think the fast progression is somewhat intentional, as I get the distinct fee
Drown Hollum
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Whoa. I don't know how I missed this one, but The Strange Talent of Luther Strode is an incredible book, with powerful, grand ideas, that floor the reader from the start. The whole concept seems to be that erasing the lines between anti-hero and slasher baddie lets us tap into a whole new genre, with crazy new tiers of ultraviolence. I love it. This is the best writing I've ever seen from Justin Jordan, complete with epic, smartly crafted characters, pitch-perfect dialogue, and a big, nasty stor ...more
Tanmay Tathagat
May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oh my god the violence. The cathartic, cartoony, colourful and oh so brilliant violence. This is the superhero origin story you give to all the kids to get them into comics. Just don't let their parents know. I have to say that I am indeed saddened by how quickly I got through this book. Justin Jordan and Tradd Moore are names that have been imprinted in my brain, I guess. I agree with other reviewers that this is indeed like Mark Millar stuff, but with an emotional core that Millar's work has a ...more
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
The action scenes are kinetic and the pacing is fantastic but this comic doesn’t really do it for me. The dialogue is decent but some of the attempted jokes are painfully cringeworthy. In the introduction, Justin Jordan writes that this comic book is a meditation on power. Unfortunately, this volume is nothing but an ultra-violent fantasy. I don’t mind excessive violence, but this comic has failed to provide any sort of discussion on or perspective of the subject of power.
Ανδρέας Μιχαηλίδης
A strangely compelling and quickly readable comic. Detailed review pending.
Joe Young
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Justin Jordan - writer
Tradd Moore - artist

Luther Strode is your typical high school geek. Until one day, tired of the constant bullying he faces at school, he sends away for a Charles Atlas-style exercise course from the back of a comic book. When the course arrives, the exercises unlock something inside of Luther, something powerful and dark and old.

This is an interesting riff on a revenge fantasy. The story starts strong, the plot is quick-paced and the characters intersting. The story falls o
May 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
Yeh, no. I must have been in a mood for violence when I went looking for graphic novels the other day. In some ways the blood and gore are cartoonish but it's still violent and rather sad.

This is about a high school nerdy kid who gets bullied, decides to do a "Charles Atlas" kind of thing and ends up becoming so buff with super powers that he can kill easily without getting hurt himself.

And then things go from bad to worse. . . .And there's some guy called The Librarian who can kill so easily an
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: image-comics, comics
A pretty cool ultra-violent high school superhero origin story. It's a lot like Kick-Ass, only, you know, not shit and Mark Millar-free. The story is good, if only a bit formulaic, but the artwork is the star of the show. Tradd Moore's work is incredibly detailed, and he is brilliant at drawing chopped limbs, severed heads and all that good stuff. Again, his style reminded me a bit of Romita Jr's in a good way, but Moore's style is more lively and less blocky.
Overall, a very fun and enjoyable re
William Thomas
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is basically Kick-Ass meets Invincible. The Kick-Ass elements make it fabulous. The hyper-gore makes it less so. There's nothing much to say about the book other than that you should go out and get it and read it right this minute. Even though I'm sick to death of Image's tendency toward ultraviolence these days, it's a damn fine book. The combination of art by Tradd Moore and colors by Felipe Sobriero is a perfect match for the writing. Well played all around, gentlemen.
Stephen Totilo
Jul 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
Ridiculous power fantasy with paper-thin characters.
Venus Maneater
May 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
A LOT of blood and no plot.
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Sweet, sweet ultraviolence! They wanted violence to mean something and it actually does.
Peter Derk
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Without reading the reviews, this book is almost certainly compared endlessly to Kick-Ass. With good reason. The ultra-violence feels pretty similar, the art isn't too far off, and if you liked Kick-Ass, you'll dig it.

Kick-Ass had its moments. Although I have to say, something about Mark Millar (the writer) rubs me the wrong way now and again. I get the impression that he has somewhat of a distaste for comic book fans.

But, as I learned with Metallica at a young age, you're really only likely to
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's hard not to compare this tittle with Kick-Ass at times. They are both about teenage comic book nerds who become the heroes themselves and both titles deal with the idea of hyperactive violence. However, Kick-ass takes the situation into a dark comedy route and Luther Strode, which has a little comedy, focuses on the drama aspect. As much as I liked Kick-Ass (mainly for the characters), I think I like Luther Strode better cause to me it seem more believable. There was no "get the girl" story ...more
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Strange Talent of Luther Strode is sort of a superhero story and sort of isn’t. It borrows much in terms of background from the violence and characters of Kick-Ass but ups the violence to new levels and tosses in a dose of the titular “strange” into the mix. Luther Strode is sort of your average geek. He lives with his mother and together he and his mom have survived they abuse of his father who is now in jail. On a whim Luther orders a goofy strength training manual and despite initial misg ...more
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
"Murder is natural. Murder was there from the beginning. Murder is our first instinct. Murder, for lack of a better term... is good. It makes us strong. It makes us wise. It makes us powerful."

Well. This wasn’t book for kids, for sure. Adults only. This is the first book of a trilogy. Story is about high school boy who is bullied, orders magazine that will help him get in the form and stop all of that. He’s in love with cool girl, he has one friend, living only with mother because father.. eh, h
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I recall when this was being published as floppies that Justin Jordan said he was writing a tragedy. By the end of this tale I see why he said that, but there is one page that makes me wonder if he was leaving a back door for more stories.

Luther sends away for one of those, "build yourself an awesome body" packages that used to be in the ads in the back of comic books. The thing is with Luther it actually works. He can see people's moves before they make them, and he becomes incredibly strong an
Oct 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: image
I'm not a fan of ultra-violence. Usually because it's used to make something seem more 'mature' then what it actually is (e.g. everything Mark Millar has wrote, or almost). But in Luther Strode, it does serve the purpose of the plot a little. A teenage boy develops super powers, thanks to a comic book advertisement, so there probably would be a lot of blood involved. It reminded me of things like Kick-Ass and Chronicle , with the youth discovery of new power (you know, like the X-men , but m ...more
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Justin Jordan is an American comic book writer. He is known for writing and co-creating The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, Spread, Dead Body Road, Deep State, Dark Gods and Savage Things. He has also written Green Lantern: New Guardians, Superboy, Deathstroke and Team 7 for DC Comics and the relaunch of Shadowman for Valiant Entertainment.

In 2012, he was nominated for the Harvey Award for Most P

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