Speculator Watch: The Strange Talent Of Luther Strode #1

Bleeding Cool broke the story of the details of one Strange Talent Of Luther Strode by Justin Jordan and Tradd Moore earlier in the year. And yesterday it was published by Image Comics. And the reviews have been extraordinary.

“The Strange Talent of Luther Strode is one of the strongest first issues of the year, and one of the strongest debuts by any creative team in recent memory.”

I have to say, I thought The Strange Talents… was great.

The Strange Talent of Luther Strode #1 feels like someone finally made a version of Kick-Ass for actual nerds.

There have been a lot of new #1s popping up in the stands lately, but The Strange Talents of Luther Strode is definitely one of the most evocative.

The aftermarket price… less so. Yet I believe this has the potential to be another big hit for Image, on the levels of Chew, Nonplayer or Morning Glories.

Because this is a clever book, the kind of comic hat people could and should get attached to, with string philosophical ideas, engaging and challenging characters and fast paced dialogue.

But it also doesn’t have some wussy indie artist ruining it all. This is ultra detailed clean art, covered in untraviolent mangaesque splatter blood. It’s almost as pretty as Nonplayer, but everything explodes, gets riped apart and bleeds.

It was also on the cover of Previews but was ordered less that books that are usually on the cover of Previews. And while copies are on eBay at cover price… there aren’t many copies. All this makes me think that this could be a very hot new book indeed, but nobody has realised it yet.

They might now.

WARNING: Speculating in comic books is a mug’s game. Retailers can buy them for half the price you do. Many comic books end up in the quarter bins. Many more fortunes have been lost than won doing it. Still, I’m glad I bought Chew #1…

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