The Strange Talent of Luther Strode 5 (February 2012)

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It’s another very fast issue. Jordan gets in some humor with the girlfriend and the sidekick, which is good. Luther’s not in a jokey place, but the sidekick definitely has a good scene for it.

This issue ties directly to the first one? Remember those passages of time I mentioned Jordan having problems with a few issues ago? It was totally unclear, from the framing device, Luther was still in high school. While it works fine narratively, it shows another place an editor should have done his or her job.

Luther is a little too confusing for its cover price. Jordan might think it’s a cute move, but a monthly comic can’t expect too much….

It’ll play great for the movie deal though.

The issue ends with another cliffhanger; it’s decent but not great. Jordan all of a sudden has made the series very restricted.

It’s a mildly disappointing development.

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The Strange Talent of Luther Strode 4 (January 2012)

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Luther meets his adversary this issue and discovers a little about the source of his powers. Basically, macho men are just failed murderous psychopaths. Jordan’s philosophy, which is probably subconscious, is interesting for a comic book. It’s not really a commentary on the superhero comic genre, but it’s hard not to take it as one.

There’s a lot of humor this issue. Luther makes more wisecracks than Peter Parker. It’s too many since very little happens overall; Jordan is just trying to pace out the issue better. He’s trying to delay the reader from getting to the end.

Unfortunately, when he does need to draw it out more–the ending–he and Moore rush to the ending. It’s a fine issue, but someone should have told them to cut out the unnecessary biblical flashback, especially since Luther isn’t about making a statement.

The cliffhanger is amazing. Jordan redeems the issue.

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