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The Legend of Luther Strode # 1 - Justin Jordan, Tradd Moore Felipe Sobreiro

Written by Arion on Tuesday, January 29 2013 and posted in Reviews

A year ago, Justin Jordan wrote an extraordinarily witty and imaginative miniseries about a high school boy, Luther Strode, who was constantly bullied. Now, one way or another, we could all relate to that, not because we’ve been victims of bullying but because we have, at least, witnessed it. And that was the strength of “The Strange Talent of Luther Strode”, it made us reconnect with our high school past and the power fantasies that most teenagers develop. Because, when we can’t fight against bullying we use our imagination. Perhaps, we imagine ourselves stronger or faster… in our dreams we are always victorious.

In the previous miniseries, Luther Strode signed up for the Hercules Method (a brilliant parody of the Atlas Method) and, suddenly, he was indeed much stronger and faster than any other American teenager. In that miniseries Justin Jordan did what all good writers should do, he made us care for the protagonist and for his supporting cast: Petra (Luther’s romantic interest), Pete (Luther’s best friend), the Librarian, etc. 

The Legend of Luther Strode # 1 - Justin Jordan, Tradd Moore Felipe Sobreiro
a exploding head / una cabeza que explota

I have to admit I was a little bit worried about “The Legend of Luther Strode”. I knew it would no longer play with the concepts of teenage power fantasies versus adult power fantasies, the high school settings (and thus the bullying) would no longer be a part of the equation. And with the death of Pete, Luther’s mother and even the Librarian, there would be no supporting cast to be emotionally invested in. 

And yet, Justin once again shows his talent as an author. He gives us a true legend, a masked vigilante that applies a level of violence that automatically disqualifies him from being considered a superhero or a regular do-gooder. Before reading this first issue, my concern was that after the brilliant origin we would now get a simple story about a superhuman avenging the death of those most beloved to him. I’m glad to see that my worries were unfounded. Yes, this new volume is darker, even grittier, but it still retains all the creativity that made me a fan in the first place. Besides, and I swear I’m trying not to spoil anything, seeing Petra back was such a great cliffhanger.

Tradd Moore is again in charge on pencils and inks, and he delivers some of the most fascinating fighting sequences anyone could ask for. Hyper-violent, full of gore and unrelentingly brutal, Tradd’s pages are always a joy to look at. I particularly enjoyed (and please don’t consider me as a sadist for confessing this) the scenes in which Luther Strode blows a criminal’s head off, or the scene in which he cuts half of the face of another delinquent. Of course, Felipe Sobreiro also contributes with his amazing colors, always vivid, always great; this is a man who knows how to make the art shine. And shine it does. It’s official, “The Legend of Luther Strode” is one of the best Image’s new miniseries. 

The Legend of Luther Strode # 1 - Justin Jordan, Tradd Moore Felipe Sobreiro
Luther Strode

Hace un año, Justin Jordan escribió una miniserie ingeniosa e imaginativa sobre un chico de secundaria, Luther Strode, que era víctima de abusos verbales y físicos. De un modo u otro, todos nos podíamos sentir identi-ficados con ello, no porque hayamos sido víctimas de ese tipo de abuso sino porque hemos sido, al menos, testigos. Y esa era la fortaleza de “El extraño talento de Luther Strode”, nos reconectaba con nuestro pasado escolar y con las fantasías de poder que desarrolla la mayoría de adolescentes. Porque, cuando no podemos pelear contra el abusivo usamos nuestra imaginación. Tal vez nos imaginamos más fuertes o más rápidos... en nuestros sueños siempre somos victoriosos.

The Legend of Luther Strode # 1 - Justin Jordan, Tradd Moore Felipe Sobreiro
a head cut in half / una cabeza cortada por la mitad

En la miniserie anterior, Luther Strode se inscribió en el Método Hércules (una brillante parodia del Método Atlas) y, de repente, él era de hecho más fuerte y más rápido que cualquier otro adolescente norte-americano. En esa miniserie, Justin Jordan hizo lo que todos los buenos escritores deberían hacer, hizo que nos preocu-páramos por los personajes y por el elenco secundario: Petra (el interés romántico de Luther), Pete (el mejor amigo de Luther), el Bibliotecario, etc.

Debo admitir que estaba un poco preocupado con "La leyenda de Luther Strode". Sabía que ahora ya no se jugaría con los conceptos de las fantasías de poder adolescente versus las fantasías de poder adulto, el contexto de la secundaria (y de los 'abusivos') ya no formarían parte de la ecuación. Y con la muerte de Pete, la madre de Luther e incluso el Bibliotecario, ya no habría ningún elenco secundario que nos mantenga emocionados.

The Legend of Luther Strode # 1 - Justin Jordan, Tradd Moore Felipe Sobreiro
my drawing / mi dibujo

No obstante, Justin demuestra una vez más su talento como autor. Nos da una verdadera leyenda, un vigilante enmascarado que aplica un nivel de violencia que automá-ticamente lo descalifica de ser considerado como un súper-héroe o un bienhechor típico. Antes de leer este primer número, mi preocupación era que después del brillante origen ahora habría una simple historia sobre un súper-humano vengando la muerte de sus seres queridos. Me alegra ver que mis preocupaciones eran infundadas. Sí, este nuevo volumen es más oscuro, incluso más cruel, pero aún mantiene toda la creatividad inicial. Además, y prometo no arruinar sorpresas, ver a Petra de vuelta ha generado muchas expectativas.

Tradd Moore está de nuevo a cargo de los lápices y las tintas, y nos entrega algunas de las secuencias de pelea más fascinantes que podamos imaginar. Híper violento, lleno de sangre y brutalidad cruda, las páginas de Tradd son un verdadero disfrute. Particularmente, me encantaron (y por favor no me consideren como un sádico por confesar esto) las escenas en las que Luther Strode hace explotar la cabeza de un criminal, o la escena en la que corta por la mitad la cara de otro delincuente. Por supuesto, Felipe Sobreiro también contribuye con sus asombrosos colores, siempre vívidos, siempre grandiosos; este es un hombre que sabe cómo sacarle lustre al arte. Y lo hace relucir. Es oficial, "La leyenda de Luther Strode" es una de las mejores nuevas miniseries de Image.


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