Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Strange Talent of Luther Strode #2

Written by Justin Jordan
Art by Tradd Moore

It's very hard to read this comic without thinking about Kick-Ass, as it covers so much of the same ground (at least initially), but it also differentiates itself quite nicely.

Luther has been home from school for the last six weeks, after the incident that happened last issue with a school bully in the washroom.  Coming back, he's concerned that his new-found abilities (about which he's being very sanguine) and status in the school will cause him to be isolated, but seeing as he's always been isolated, I don't see how that could be an issue.  Quickly upon showing up, there is another confrontation with the same bully, and Petra, the girl he likes, comes on to him as strongly as possible.

The heart of this comic is the relationship between Petra and Luther.  She's an interesting character, choosing to do what she wishes (which includes climbing a ladder to visit him in his bedroom, which would not be an easy feat considering he lives in an apartment) and leading him on to the point of total confusion.  Jordan has introduced a threat, but has not really explained it yet.

This is a fun read.  Tradd Moore's art is still very reminiscent of what you would find in an issue of Invincible, and that works for this type of story very well.

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