Review: Strange Adventures #10
With just a few more issues to go, the “truth” is rolled out here as Mr. Terrific delivers the conclusions of his investigation in a letter to Alanna Strange. It’s an interesting issue that confirms much of my suspicions which makes me feels as smart as Mr. Terrific or the comic was telegraphed a bit too much. But, despite that Strange Adventures #10 still delivers surprises and shocks.
Written by Tom King, Strange Adventures #10 connects the dots and hints of the previous issues. It also sets up a finale that should be full of conflict and surprises. It also is an examination of a man haunted by war and those he destroys around him.
Mr. Terrific has come to the conclusion that Adam Strange has made a bargain with the devil and also has taken part in war crimes at the same time. His bloodlust and lies have pulled in his wife who has stood by his side unknowingly propping up his plan. It’s all interesting though a lot is a bit too obvious. The question is if Mr. Terrific’s final conclusion is right, and judging by reactions it’s most likely so.
Strange Adventures #10 delivers a nice emotional ride as everything is laid out and the heroic construct that is Adam Strange is brought down. It’s an interesting story about heroism and soldiers and the lies we tell. King has something to say here but exactly what that is will be determined by the series’ final two issues. It’s still up in the air exactly what the underlying themes are beyond “soldiers do horrible things in war”.
The art by Mitch Gerads and Evan Shaner continues to impress. The story jumps from the field of war in Strange’s past to Alanna reacting to the letter she receives. It’s full of emotion and shock as we witness more of Adam’s crimes and we see the weight of the truth weighing on Alanna. It’s an interesting back and forth that adds a lot to the emotional rollercoaster that is the issue. Clayton Cowles’ lettering especially stands out as so much of the issue’s narrative is in a handwritten letter that Mr. Terrific sends. Relatively short statements punctuate the conclusion he has come to.
Strange Adventures #10 is the issue where the magician reveals the trick in a way. Mr. Terrific not only lays out his conclusions but why he came to them. His words are one that’s full of regret and sadness over his own experiences as his own truth is revealed as well. It connects the dots that have been set up for the nine previous issues while setting up what should be a hell of a final two issues.
Story: Tom King Art: Mitch Gerads, Evan Shaner Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
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