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[[caption-width-right:300:[[SarcasmMode Just your average geek]].]]

'''''The Strange Talent of Luther Strode''''' is about your average geek, the eponymous Luther Strode. Tired of being bullied, Luther sends for [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower an exercise course from the back of an old comic book]]. What he gets is the instruction manual from [[ReligionOfEvil a murder cult as old as mankind]] that [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor does everything that it promised - and more]]!

A six issue mini series written by Justin Jordan, illustrated by Tradd Moore and colored by Felipe Sobreiro, this ImageComics imprint is a demented deconstruction of CharlesAtlasSuperpower. It also contains some "sweet, sweet ultraviolence" in the words of the writer. In other words, it is not for the faint of heart.

The first issue of the sequel, ''The Legend of Luther Strode'', was released on December 5, 2012 and wrapped up with its sixth issue on August 7th.

The final miniseries, ''The Legacy of Luther Strode'', comes out next fall.

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* {{Adorkable}}: Luther Strode before his transformation into a hulking man-beast.
* AssholeVictim: The people that Luther [[spoiler:horrifically murders]] aren't very nice people to begin with.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: One of the key tenets of the philosophy espoused by the murder cult that the Librarian represents. It is not surprising considering that its founder is [[spoiler:Cain from Literature/TheBible]].
* BerserkButton: Luther's is men threatening or hurting women. This is because [[spoiler:his dad used to abuse his mother]].
* BiblicalBadGuy: Who else would be better to run an ancient murder cult than [[spoiler:the first murderer himself]]?
* BigBad: The Librarian.
* BiggerBad: [[spoiler:Cain.]]
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Deconstructed. The Hercules Method can turn you into an incredibly powerful being but [[PowerAtAPrice at a steep price]]. In the end, Luther is so distraught that [[spoiler: [[DrivenToSuicide he doesn't bother defending himself when he is being gunned by the police]]]].
* CombatClairvoyance: "Meat-vision," the horrifying aspect of the Hercules Method.
* DamselOutOfDistress: Petra.
* DeadpanSnarker: Luther and Petra both get a few choice lines.
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:Luther.]]
* DespairEventHorizon: Luther crosses this when [[spoiler:he accidentally kills his own mother]].
* DomesticAbuser: [[spoiler:Luther and Petra's fathers.]]
* EvilCounterpart: The Librarian was also a social outcast who discovered the Hercules Method, [[NotSoDifferent a fact that he enjoys harping upon]].
* FauxAffablyEvil: The Librarian.
* GeniusBruiser: The Librarian's punishing physical power is matched only by his intellect.
* JackTheRipper: Implied to be one of the members of the cult. [[spoiler: He is and Luther fights him in ''Legend''.]]
* JerkJock: Jacobson. So much so, one would think the "V" on his varsity jacket stands for "Violent."
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: "Dynamic Tension" is a registered trademark of Charles Atlas, Ltd. Any and all resemblance to the "Hercules Method" as portrayed in ''The Strange Talent Of Luther Strode'' [[BlatantLies is purely coincidental]].
* MookHorrorShow: [[spoiler:Heavily invoked in the first issue of ''The Legend of Luther Strode''.]]
* NighInvulnerability: A HealingFactor that would put Wolverine to shame and the ability to actually "catch" bullets by flexing one's muscles make it insanely difficult to kill a practitioner of the Hercules Method.
* NietzscheWannabe: The Librarian. Luther Strode even [[LampshadeHanging calls him one]] after hearing his MotiveRant.
* OmnicidalManiac: [[spoiler: Cain]]
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The Librarian and Binder.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Luther's modus operandi [[spoiler:in ''The Legend of Luther Strode'']].
* PluckyComicRelief: Pete. [[spoiler: Until his death at the hands of the Librarian.]]
* PyrrhicVictory: Luther [[spoiler:manages to defeat the Librarian]], but it costs him dearly.
* SuperpowerfulGenetics: Strongly implied to be the ultimate source of Luther Strode's talent.
* SuicideByCop: [[spoiler:Luther Strode]]'s chosen mode of suicide. [[spoiler:[[BackFromTheDead It didn't take.]]]]
* TechnicalPacifist: Breaking Luther Strode of this becomes the Librarian's chief motive. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard He succeeds a little too well.]]
* TimeSkip: [[spoiler:There's five years between ''Strange Talent'' and ''Legend of Luther Strode''.]]
* TrainingFromHell: Averted. The Hercules Method, as portrayed in the comic, is very low impact with a heavy emphasis on meditation techniques similar to ones found in self-help books. The transformation Luther experiences [[{{Understatement}} is not typical]].
* TwiceShy: Petra, Luther Strode's LoveInterest, has been waiting a long time for him to make the first move.
* WickedCultured: Show of hands. How many people know the meaning of the word "soupçon?" Well, the Librarian does and can use said word in casual conversation. He's quite the educated bastard.

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