Strange Adventures #1
DC Black Label/ DC Comics
Written by Tom King
Art by Mitch Gerads and Evan “Doc” Shaner
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: Adam Strange is being hailed as a hero upon his return to Earth. But his actions on Rann haunt him and threaten his legacy.
Adam Strange has returned to Earth and written a highly successful memoir of his life, his adventures on Rann, his service during the Rann/Thanagar War and more. Unfortunately, not everyone is a fan of his work and as he becomes more popular on Earth, more people question his actions on Rann.
After being accused of being a war criminal during a book signing, people continue to ask questions about his service and question his actions. When his accuser turns up dead, Adam Strange will enlist the help of one of the world’s greatest detectives to clear his name.
The Story: Once again Tom King delivers a wholly engaging, completely strange and beautifully surreal story as he takes a character with a simple story and turns him into a complex being right before our eyes. The story draws you in from multiple different points of view and the complexity of the plot is brilliantly laid out in ways that kept me wanting to know where King was going with this story and its characters. There are some great moments throughout the issue and the contrast in the writing from the past adventure to the present reality is fantastic. I can’t wait to see what twists this story takes and what new I can learn about Adam Strange as a character.
The Art: Mitch Gerads and Evan “Doc” Shaner deliver some beautiful art in this issue. The contrasting styles work perfectly together with Shaner providing crisp, bright visuals that highlight the comic book adventurism of the story while Gerads offers gritty, stylized realism to his pages that ground the story and its characters.