"The Legend of Luther Strode" Vol 1 from Image Comics -
It's been five years since then teenager, Luther Strode, received an instructional manual for bodybuilding from the internet, a manual that would forever change his life, gifting him with an impossible physique and imbuing him with superhuman speed, reflexes, strength, agility, an insane healing factor, a preternatural sense of danger and...A thirst for spilling blood. Yes, the book changed his life, but it also cost him the lives of his mother and his best friend. After defeating the nearly indestructible Librarian - a man/monster sent by the shadowy figure, Cain, to finish Luther's training and set him on the path Cain had chosen for him - Luther has continued his training, slaking his bloodlust with the blood of the guilty. But a new threat has emerged in Binder, a man far more dangerous and resourceful than Librarian. Binder has not come to teach Luther, he's come to capture him, or destroy him, by any means necessary...And he's not alone. A supernaturally fast, powerful, knife-weilding psychopath named Jack is there to ensure Luther Strode falls. But when Luther's teenage crush, Petra, shows up in the mix, things really get complicated and go totally sideways. Once again, Strode must fight for his freedom, his life, and the girl that he loves. If he fails, he'd better pray for death.
Following up his insanely high-octane story in "The Strange Talent of Luther Strode," Justin Jordan is back with more, bloody, gory, head-smashing, body-bashing action with "The Legend of Luther Strode" which collects issues #1 through #6 of the series of the same name. In the five years since Luther was cursed with getting everything he ever wanted (a hot girl, and a killer body - literally), things have gone from bad to worse, as Luther has lost nearly everything he ever cared for, and has been forced to act out his violent tendencies on criminals as a masked vigilante. The last antagonist, Librarian, wanted to control him; this new one, Binder, wants to chain him down. Luther Strode is fighting the battle of youthful angst on a very bloody stage - he's fighting for the right to take the cards he's been dealt and create a life he gets to live on his own terms. If you don't let yourself be distracted by all the blood and guts, you'll see that, at it's heart, this comic is just the story of a young man trying to define himself, not be defined, nor controlled, by anyone else. Tradd Moore's pencils are even wilder, more quirky and more kinetic than his last outing on this character. While Moore's work may not be aesthetically pleasing to the eye all the time, you cannot deny that his pencils convey action and motion in a way that is absolutely masterful. This book is definitely not for the faint of heart; it's all-out, explosive action, ultra-violence and gore to the max - and even though I think comicbooks have a bit too much of that this day and age, I have to admit, "The Legend of Luther Strode" is loads of fun from the front cover to the back cover. I dig it.
RATING: 10 out of 10. Luther Strode is still in beast mode.
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