Review – Strongman
We met Charles Soule, the writer of Strongman at the 2010 Baltimore Comic Con. I’m declaring it right now, this is a person to keep an eye on. We decided to take a shot on his graphic novel about a masked wrestler/vigilante crime-fighter/movie star and we’re glad we did.
Put out by SLG Publishing the graphic novel is well worth the money. But, we’ll let Charles tell you a bit about it himself.
The comic is great, it’s fun and entertaining, and holds up to the Sunday afternoon B-grade movies I loved as a kid, and it refers to so often. The story is a twisted whirlwind that you never know where it’s going to go. The art by Allen Gladfelter is impressive too. With a nice trick of the trade included after the story’s wrapped.
I’m only one comic down from the pile I gained from the trip, and I’m very happy I started with this. Here’s hoping the rest are of such high quality.
Plot: Soule references B-movies throughout the comic’s story and it’s clear there’s a lot of influence as the entire package screams the material it holds up in such esteem. The main character of El Tigre, a wrestler/crime fighter/movie star is original and fun. There’s a lot of camp, but at the same time there’s a sadness to him. This is a hero I was cheering for, and hope to see more of. Rating: 8.75
Art: Gladfelter adds a great look to Soule’s story. As shown in the back of the graphic novel, there’s many possible directions the characters and some scenes could of taken, but I wouldn’t imagine it in any other form. The art reflects the fun story. Rating: 8
Overall: Fun, fun is the key word here. This is a pulp movie in comic form. The story is over the top, the bad guys campy, but it’s entertaining. This is a comic worth checking out. And having seen bits of Soule’s next project, it’s worth getting in on the ground floor so you can say I was reading him when…. Overall rating: 8.5