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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, 2012.

The first issue of the final miniseries, ''The Legacy of Luther Strode'', was released on April 8, 2015.

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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]].
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: It's shown that any student of the Hercules Method gains the ability to read the moves of others perfectly to the point that it borders on [[CombatClairvoyance clairvoyance]]. Doesn't work so well on other practitioners of the Hercules Method as [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown Luther learns in his first meeting with the]] [[EvilCounterpart Librarian]].
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Luther Strode.
* BarbarianLongHair: Luther in [[http://cdn.bloody-disgusting.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/unnamed-22.jpg Legacy]]
* 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.]]
* TheDreaded: Cain.
* EnlightenmentSuperpowers: In interesting case which points out that enlightenment is simply a realization and not necessarily about positive spiritual growth. The students of the Hercules Method come to the profound realization that their minds can overcome their physical limitations.
* 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.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: There are many instances where it fortunate for Luther that the Hercules method allows him to heal [[DeliberateInjuryGambit himself]] [[TorsoWithAView of horrific injuries]].
* UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper: Implied to be one of the members of the cult. [[spoiler: He is and Luther fights him in ''Legend''.]]
* HealThyself: How the healing abilities of the students that practice the Hercules method work. Depending on the damage it may take more concentration to recover from serious injuries.
* ButIReadABookAboutIt: How students usually learn the Hercules Method.
* 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]].
* MasterOfYourDomain: This is essentially how the Hercules Method works. The students concentrate until they can bring all of their physiological processes under their control.
* 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'']].
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Any student of the Hercules Method but in particular the Bound or students with the greatest potential. As the Librarian states when he comes to get Luther "It's not as if Cain could come to get you. There would hardly be a city left".
* PluckyComicRelief: Pete. [[spoiler: Until his death at the hands of the Librarian.]]
* PullingThemselvesTogether: This is how the students of the Hercules Method heal themselves. The students can control their bodies to the point where they force their flesh, blood, and bone back together like the BigBad from NinjaScroll.
* PyrrhicVictory: Luther manages to defeat the Librarian, but it costs him dearly.
* ReligionOfEvil: The order of students that practice the Hercules Method. It started with Cain and as he passed on his knowledge they gathered into a group that worshiped murder. At one point the Binder even states, "Why would I want to stop him? [[VigilanteExecution What Luther does]]? It's holy. I wish I had the gifts he does".
* ShooOutTheClowns: This is arguably the purpose of Pete's death. [[spoiler: Though he does show up as a zombie in the ashcan to explain Luther's powers.]] While the story does have some humorous/happy moments in The Legend of Luther Strode, it never approaches the comedic elements present in the first issues of The Strange Talent.
* 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''.]]
* TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential: While Luther already has exceptional potential even for a student of the Hercules Method, in his final fight with the Librarian, after he accidentally kills his mother, Luther finally lets go of his inhibitions and starts to see the Librarian's moves where he couldn't before. As the fight continues, Luther gets stronger and stronger until a warehouse is destroyed and he rips the Librarian's head off spine and all.
* TookALevelInBadass: Luther, big time. He goes from a skinny wimp to a muscular killing machine that can tear apart special forces trained mercenaries, twist steel like it's taffy, and catch bullets in his pectoral muscles.
* 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.
* WeakButSkilled: While none of the students of the Hercules Method could really be seen as weak, there are the "Average" students and then there are the Bound. The Bound are students that are so good and so powerful that they cannot or will not control themselves when it comes to killing. It's even stated that the Bound are so proficient at the Hercules Method that they are immune to aging and biologically immortal. When a student becomes too strong and needs to be reigned in, a normal student like the Binder is called in to capture them. The Binder even states "Our weakness is our strength as we realize how weak we are compared to you". The Binder relies on skill and weapons to take down the out of control students.
* 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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