Strange Adventures is a 12-issue limited series, resurrecting the title of a famous 1950s series, with that familiar DC superhero vibe you’ve seen in series like Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s successful All-Star Superman. Tom King (Batman) is writing the story, and the first issue of the series is available this month at your favorite comic book store. Much like the CW series Arrow, the series featuring DC Comics space fantasy hero Adam Strange tells its story in staggered flashbacks. And it has the distinct vibe of the limited series Identity Crisis by Brad Meltzer–good comic book fantasy fun with a serious edge. Many comic book stores and other bookstores remain open, many with call-ahead and drive-up options, and Strange Adventures is one you may want to add to your own comic shop pull list.
Inspired by Flash Gordon and a progenitor of Rocketeer, Adam Strange is a classic, iconic character from the end of the Golden Age of comics, created by Julie Schwartz and Murphy Anderson, with the great Gardner Fox–master adapter of both Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert E. Howard characters, writing early stories, among others. It’s space fantasy, more than science fiction–think Guardians of the Galaxy–and in the premiere issue of the new series Strange is a national hero, living with his wife on Earth, recounting images from his war-torn past.
Strange Adventures even has a similar artistic style as All-Star Superman, courtesy of alternating artists Mitch Gerads and Evan Shaner–you may not notice the difference since they use the same color palette–but one style is a bit more painterly than the other. That’s Gerads, whose present day world is visually stunning like Mike Grell’s run on Green Arrow in the 1990s. In images of the past, Shaner seems to aiming at more of a Tomorrowland or Darwyn Cooke look at the character. Both shuffled together actually work. Each artist will provide a cover option for every issue of the series.
Here is a look inside the first issue:
For even more fun, keep an eye out at the store for a newly issued reprint of Mystery in Space, Issue #75, featuring classic Adam Strange by Gardner Fox with artwork by Carmine Infantino, inked by Murphy Anderson.
Look for Strange Adventures, Issue #1, this month at Elite Comics and comic book stores everywhere.