This instalment see’s Luther finally meet his match in the form of Binder, another pupil of the sinister Hercules method. This was the big reveal for last month’s issue but funnily enough only four pages in and it becomes apparent that Binder’s mastery of the method is far inferior to Luther’s. Binder’s real strength is his use of gadgets. He’s essentially a blood –thirsty-mass-murdering-Batman. Naturally an epic battle ensues.
This installment certainly has more of an action focus than issue #2. The character development isn’t lost per-say, there’s just not as much of it. That said, the action is good. Really, really good. Moore has a real talent (..or should we say a strange talent…) for drawing gore and his combat scenes have such a strong flow from panel to panel. In his less than two years of comic book industry experience, Tradd Moore has a mastery of visual storytelling that is matched only by the industry’s veterans. It boggles my mind that Marvel or DC haven’t booked him for an ongoing series.
Art aside the other real strength of The Legend of Luther Strode #3 is the way in which the story subtly builds on the lore and over all plot of the Luther Strode universe without detracting from what is going on presently. This issue lays to rest all the unanswered questions of The Strange Talent of Luther Strode without forcing plot down your throat. And if that wasn’t enough it ends on what is easily the best cliff-hanger of the series.
I know I say this every month, but I still feel like people still aren’t getting the message: READ THIS BOOK. Admittedly some younger and less deranged readers may understandably pass due to the graphic nature of the series but that’s no excuse for the rest of you! If you can handle the gore check out The Legend of Luther Strode. I know you won’t be disappointed.