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    Sold out again!



    Also, you're killing me James!
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    Sorry, I suck! I blame um... the time change! Yes, that's it. The additional hour in the day killed my internal clock.

    So, things-

    1) Petra has thrown out a few hints she's not as perfect as all that (going over to her place "not gonna happen" is a giant red flag that she's got problems going on) but she's still a bit wish-fulfillment. All Luther has had to do is let Petra throw herself at him. Also, if she like the shy, skinny Luther, I'm curious as to her take on his transformation into Mr Muscles.

    2) The choreography at Paul's place. Paul is downstairs lifing weights, goes upstairs to dining room, sees parents murdered, and then it gets a bit odd. Baldmuscles McBeard hops to the door, punches through it, and Paul falls down the stairs.

    I didn't really concern myself with anything but the action of this scene until I noticed that the angle on the door seems off by 90 degrees in the hopping panel where McBeard (did I miss his name?) says "Manners." The problem is that pulling one thread leads to others. Now, the reading of the panels shows hop-land-punch through door, but the angle of the door means he'd need to pivot 90 degrees. Maybe he did, that'd be no big deal at all, but way the two panels work together says land-punch. Then Paul falls down the stairs (and I don't mind at all that a fall like that with the brace would do terrible damage, in the real world, because that's not what this comic is for) but now that I've seen one thing I'm wondering why there's a door at the top of the stairs leading to a dining room on the second floor. The splinters all over the place and down the stairs make it pretty clear that breaking the door sent them there.

    Bonus 3!) Paul throws a punch, it flies to Pete, Luther has a fantasy/nightmare. Then the punch is hanging stopped in midair, and I don't know why.

    Honestly, nit-picking stuff. The only one that really had me scratching my head was #3. I've been having a total blast with the book and having friends read it, so please don't think this is all I took away from the book. I just have a thing for fight choreography, and may have seen one too many anime/manga where the guy has a (few dozen) girl(s) throw themselves at him for no reason I can see.

    Ooh, one more thing- I'm kind of hoping Paul hates McBeard more than Strode. The difference between "that asshole at school" and "the guy who killed my parents", kind of thing. :)
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    Haha, no worries.

    "1) Petra has thrown out a few hints she's not as perfect as all that (going over to her place "not gonna happen" is a giant red flag that she's got problems going on) but she's still a bit wish-fulfillment. All Luther has had to do is let Petra throw herself at him. Also, if she like the shy, skinny Luther, I'm curious as to her take on his transformation into Mr Muscles."

    Some of this actually gets addressed in the rest of the series, but there are a couple of things going on: Petra was always interested in Luther, but her two modes are basically aloof and really aggressive. But her forwardness is at least in part because Luther turns into an inarticulate dweeb when she does it, and she thinks it's funny.

    "The choreography at Paul's place. Paul is downstairs lifing weights, goes upstairs to dining room, sees parents murdered, and then it gets a bit odd. Baldmuscles McBeard hops to the door, punches through it, and Paul falls down the stairs.

    I didn't really concern myself with anything but the action of this scene until I noticed that the angle on the door seems off by 90 degrees in the hopping panel where McBeard (did I miss his name?) says "Manners." The problem is that pulling one thread leads to others. Now, the reading of the panels shows hop-land-punch through door, but the angle of the door means he'd need to pivot 90 degrees. Maybe he did, that'd be no big deal at all, but way the two panels work together says land-punch. Then Paul falls down the stairs (and I don't mind at all that a fall like that with the brace would do terrible damage, in the real world, because that's not what this comic is for) but now that I've seen one thing I'm wondering why there's a door at the top of the stairs leading to a dining room on the second floor. The splinters all over the place and down the stairs make it pretty clear that breaking the door sent them there."

    That's meant to be him lifting in a furnished basement, which he's basically turned into a exercise room and party den, which, admittedly isn't obvious (the door and windows don't help). Specifically, the window behind the Librarian is the back of the house, and the stairs lead in that direction. The Librarian does have to pivot 90 degrees to punch the door, and that is my fault, because with how I wrote the scene there wasn't a better way for Tradd to depict what was going on.

    "Bonus 3!) Paul throws a punch, it flies to Pete, Luther has a fantasy/nightmare. Then the punch is hanging stopped in midair, and I don't know why."

    Luther DID intercept the punch, but that was the only bit that actually happened. The hanging fist panel is actually Luther throwing Paul's hand down, and he's rubbing his fist in the next scene because Luther did give it a pretty good squeeze - this is why Paul decides not to kick Luther's ass, because the speed and strength frightens him, ot that he'd admit it. What I should have done was have the hand intercepted, then Luther's eye when that sequence starts, because the eye focus is the story signifier for Luthervision.
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    I was thinking lifting in the basement made more sense! Especially with the door at the top of the stairs. I double-checked before posting to see if I got it wrong and the windows were all first-floor kind of things. Whoops. :)

    Re-reading the scene with the punch, I can see how it works now. Plus I didn't notice the trail of yellow sparkle-things from Paul's hand to Luther's until about a second ago. My initial reading of Luther's pose was of him moving to get between them without any actual contact having happened yet, with everything on the preceding two pages being one of those bits where Luther looks slightly into the future to forecast his actions.

    Not quite sure why I led with Petra, because of all of them that was my least important question. Especially seeing as I basically half-answered it while asking. Thanks for the answers, though. :)

    Congrats on the sell-out on issue #2, by the way. It's always great to see something fun and original get some good attention. I don't know what's in the water over at Image this year but stuff like Luther Strode and Witch Doctor has been making me a very happy comic reader.
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      CommentAuthorwerwolf
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2011
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    i've finally gotten round to reading the first 2 issues.
    ... and i'm hooked! actually i've decided to review it for the magazine (the gap - www.thegap.at) i'm writing for in my spare time.
    will post scan of review page as soon as it's done.

    justin, digging your unagitated writing style. goes splendidly with thr action.
    and tradd moore's art is stunning! (why have i never noticed the man before?!) and please congratulate sobreiro for a coloring job that actually means something (instead of "oh yeah, i'll just whip this through the computer so it's colored as opposed to black and white. done!" botch jobs).
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      CommentAuthorSobreiro
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2011
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    Hey werwolf, don't blame yourself for not noticing Tradd's work before, this is his very first pro work out!

    (and MTV Geek considered him one of the 10 best comic artists of 2011!)
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      CommentAuthorwerwolf
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2011
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    felipe, outstanding colouring job. (and i'll definitely keep an eye on tradd from now on.)

    and here's the (slightly shoddy) scan of my review ('the gap' has a print run of about 40k, austria only, free; if any of your publicists are taking notes).
    it's in german, but you can deduct from the size and the 10 out of 10 rating that it's a positive review, i assume. :)

    (let me know if you want it translated.)
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      CommentAuthorSobreiro
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2012 edited
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    Hey man, sorry for not seeing this before! If you can, please do sent it to lutherstrode@gmail.com ! Thanks.

    Well, and since I resurrected the conversation, here's two promo images we recently did.

    Luther Poster 1 by Tradd Moore and Felipe Sobreiro

    Luther Poster 2 by Tradd Moore and Felipe Sobreiro

    The TPB has been out since the 17th, did someone read it? Opinions, criticisms, etc., are welcome.
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    I read the trade and loved it folks. Great formula, not a wasted page, great-looking book.
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    I really enjoyed this series, as did my girlfriend. She's bugging me for more, so hurry up! :)
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      CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2012
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    Just read the trade. Awesome work folks.
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      CommentAuthorwerwolf
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2012
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    oh, and i haven't looked into this thread for too long!
    sure, i'll send you the scan - need to rescan it, but that's no prob.