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Strange Adventures is a 12-issue miniseries by Tom King (Batman (Rebirth), Mister Miracle (2017)), Mitch Gerads, and Evan "Doc" Shaner as a part of the DC Black Label imprint. While the pair's last collaboration focused on the New Gods, this is a look into another one of DC's space heroes: Adam Strange.

Adam Strange is a man of two worlds: Earth and the alien planet Rann.

With the constant conundrum of being warped back and forth the two planets due to the Zeta Beam and partaking in an alien war on Rann with the Pykkts, the life of Adam is hardly one of dull moments...or so it was.

Adam has recently retired to Earth with his beloved wife Alanna, where he has written a memoir of his escapades on Rann and is on tour to promote it while signing copies. But the good times and good news come to a screeching halt when a man angrily confronts Adam over what happened in Rann. To make matters worse, that same man was later found murdered not long after by a space gun.

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For sure, Adam is positive he didn't kill the man. But it still begs the question: if he didn't pull the trigger, who did? Exactly what happened on Rann? Is Adam Strange a war hero or a war criminal?

Only Mister Terrific can figure it out...but what he finds out may hit a nerve with Adam and Alanna.


Strange Tropes:

  • A Day in the Limelight: While Issue 2's Rann segments still focus on Adam and Alanna, the Earth segments are more focused on Mister Terrific and how he spends a few days reading Adam's book. Issue 2 ends at the same point as Issue 1 did, with Mister Terrific meeting Adam Strange.
  • Art Shift: The book switches between art styles frequently. Scenes occurring on Earth are drawn by Mitch Gerads while scenes on Rann are by Evan "Doc" Shaner. This also extends to the covers, which have Doc Shaner doing fantastical covers and Gerads doing gritty ones.
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  • Asshole Victim: A guy screams at Adam for his actions on Rann...and gets his head blown away.
  • Author Avatar: There are a lot of notable comparisons to be made between Adam and Tom King. After years "in service" as Rann's hero, Adam had returned to Earth to become a successful author, much like how King returned home from CIA work to devote his focus to writing.
  • Boom, Headshot!: The guy that yells at Adam gets his head blown clean off his neck, complete with a large amount of blood on the floor.
  • Continuity Nod: Tom King has went on the record saying the African-American woman who gets her copy of Adam's book signed is the same one who asked Mister Miracle and Big Barda for a selfie.
  • Deconstruction: Just like how Tom King and Mitch Gerads' last DC series gave the New Gods a reality check, Strange Adventures doesn't hesitate to show the dark side of Adam Strange's spacefaring escapades.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: While the angry guy yelling at Adam was not cool, getting his head blown to bits is not exactly an ideal punishment.
  • Driving Question: What did Adam Strange do on Rann? Issue 2 asks another one: If Aleena isn't dead, what happened to her?
  • Infant Immortality: Averted hard with Adam and Alanna's daughter, Aleena. Issue 2 reveals that Adam's book is dedicated to her memory. Except Mister Terrific begs to differ.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Issue 2 has a good amount of Mister Terriffic shirtless and working out.
  • Precious Photo: Adam has one of him with Alanna and their daughter, Aleena. It's splattered with blood...
  • Shout-Out: One of the people asking Adam to sign his book is also buying a copy of Mister Miracle and The Sheriff of Babylon, both titles also by Tom King and Mitch Gerads.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Tom King and Mitch Gerads' earlier series, Mister Miracle.
  • Wham Line: From Issue 2:
    Mister Terrific: [Adam] writes that his daughter is dead. She is not. I doubt this is the only lie.
  • Wolverine Publicity: Played with in regards to DC's own Batman. Adam asks Batman to investigate him and make sure that Adam didn't kill the angry man, but Batman passed on it, due to the pair being good friends. To compensate, Batman enlists Mister Terrific to take over. Other DC heroes like Superman and Hawkman also make appearances.

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