Strange Adventures #7
Written by Tom King
Art by Mitch Gerads and Evan “Doc” Shaner
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: Adam’s defense of the planet takes a dark turn as some of the truth comes to light.
As Pykkt scouts make their way to Earth, Adam Strange takes lethal measures. Measures that put him in direct conflict with Batman. Measures that might be his way of hiding something he doesn’t want to get out. When he returns home to his wife, she confronts him about her talk with Terrific and Adam reveals something that shocks her. Something that taints everything that they are trying to accomplish on Earth.
In the past, Adam is subjected to a series of horrible psychological and physical tortures that leave him emotionally damaged. As the man torturing him gets deeper into Adam’s psyche, the hero will commit an unheroic act to free himself and his fracturing mind.
The Story: Tom King takes the reader on a brutal psychological journey in this issue. If everything before this was about uncovering the mystery of what happened to Adam on Rann, then this issue showed those events in stark detail. The plot is well laid out and the characters have a sense of truth in their emotions. Both parts of the story have dark undertones that make this series so engaging and intriguing. I can’t wait to see where it goes next.
The Art: Both artists continue to dazzle with their visual styles. The story in the present in given a beautiful noir quality to the storytelling and the Rann flashbacks are given some surreal and beautifully detailed panels.