YMMV / Strontium Dog

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Gordon Rennie in one of his monthly rant columns in the Judge Dredd Megazine speculated that there is much Ho Yay between Johnny and Wulf. Naturally, this has resulted in much backlash and even prompted John Wagner to specifically write a scene where Wulf gets laid just to debunk this. He also speculated that Johnny was a drug addict who was imagining his powers.
  • Complete Monster: See here.
  • Critical Research Failure: In reality, Alpha radiation is made up of particles which are not particularly harmful since they can be blocked by something as simple as an ordinary piece of paper. The story makes heavy use of Willing Suspension of Disbelief.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: There's certainly a good handful of these, especially when Max Bubba finally gets what's coming to him for killing Wulf.
    Max Bubba: Why, Alpha—Why are you doin' this to me? Why are you torturin' me this way?
    Johnny: Because I hate you. [GUNSHOT]
  • I Am Not Shazam: The main character is called Johnny Alpha. Strontium Dog is a derogatory term for a Search/Destroy agent.
  • Iron Woobie: Johnny is a rare example of a manly character who still manages to fall under this trope. Whether it's the sheer amount of crap that gets piled onto him, or the way he stoically accepts the abuse and soldiers on; if you don't occasionally feel the urge to buy the poor man a beer and pat him on the back, you have no heart.
  • Recycled In Space: Basically X-Men set in space.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Feral falls squarely into this in the Spinoff Strontium Dogs; he wasn't necessarily seen as a bad or hated character, but since he was filling in for the lead after Johnny Alpha had died, he had very big shoes to fill.
  • The Scrappy: The Gronk.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Early strips were pretty heavy-handed with the anti-mutant racism. It's easy to forget that these were written when the Apartheid regime in South Africa still existed.