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Preview: Strange Adventures #11

Strange Adventures #11

Written by: Tom King
Art by: Mitch Gerads, Evan “Doc” Shaner

Adam Strange may save the world, but can he save his marriage? There are things that happened in the original war with the marauding Pykkts that Adam never told his wife, Alanna, and she wants answers now. Adding fuel to the fire is the possibility that he didn’t just deceive her, but entire galactic civilizations, in his quest for victory-which raises the question: How much has been true in the stories he’s told Earth to mobilize its greatest heroes against an invasion right here at home? This is the big one before the finale. Massive secrets are revealed, as two timelines rush toward a collision.

Strange Adventures #11

Get a First Look at Batman ’89 #1 out on August 10

Step back into the Gotham of Tim Burton’s seminal classic Batman movies on August 10! Batman ’89 by screenwriter Sam Hamm and artist Joe Quinones will pull on a number of threads left dangling by the prolific director in an incredible new six-issue comic book miniseries!

Gotham City is being torn in two as citizens dressed as Batman and The Joker duke it out in the streets! As D.A. Harvey Dent tries to keep the city together, he targets the one problem tearing it apart: BATMAN! And he’ll get Bruce Wayne’s help in taking down the Dark Knight!

DC has released a first look at the series including some of the variant covers coming and a look at some of the upcoming covers too!

Batman ’89 #1 by Sam Hamm, Joe Quinones, Leonardo Ito, and Clayton Cowles arrives on August 10 with a cover by Quinones, plus variant covers by Jerry Ordway (open to order) and Quinones (1:25):

Several comic shops will also be offering either a Batman ‘89 #1 team variant by Ken Taylor and Taurin Clarke, or their own shop-specific cover alongside the standard Batman ‘89 covers and variants:

Batman ’89 #1 variant cover by Francesco Mattina, available from Comic Kingdom of Canada

Batman ’89 #1 variant cover by Mico Suayan, available from Big Time Collectibles

Batman ’89 #1 variant cover by Mico Suayan, available from Big Time Collectibles

Batman ’89 #1 variant cover by Carla Cohen, available from Comics Elite

Batman ’89 #1 variant cover by Carla Cohen, available from Comics Elite

Coming up in the Batman ’89 run:

Infinite Frontier Launches June 22, Find Out What You Need To Know

Start here for everything you need to know about Joshua Williamson and Xermanico’s summer blockbuster Infinite Frontier before the new DC miniseries launches on June 22!

Picking up directly from Infinite Frontier #0, when our heroes saved the Multiverse from Perpetua in Dark Nights: Death Metal, everything was put back where it belonged…and we do mean everything. All the damage from all the Crises was undone, and heroes long thought gone returned from whatever exile they had been in.

Most of them, at least. Alan Scott, the Green Lantern from the Justice Society of America, has noticed some of his allies are still missing in action, and he’s determined to find them. There are others, though, who would rather remain hidden than explain themselves, like Roy Harper, a.k.a. Arsenal, a man who should be dead but now is not.

What does all this mean for the DCU’s place in the Multiverse? On opposite sides of a dimensional divide, both Barry Allen and President Superman ponder this question. Not to mention the Darkseid of it all! Or a team of Multiversal heroes called Justice Incarnate!

Infinite Frontier #1written by Joshua Williamson with art by Xermanico, a cover by Mitch Gerads and a card stock variant cover by Bryan Hitch, publishes on June 22. Add this Multiverse-defining new series to your pull list!

Just a week later, get an inside look into the cast of Infinite Frontier! Do you have the lowdown on all the characters starring in DC’s summer blockbuster? If not, Infinite Frontier: Secret Files will tell you everything you’re dying to know. Take a look inside Director Bones personal database for stories featuring Jade and Obsidian, the children of the original Green Lantern; Psycho–Pirate, the scourge of many a Crisis on many an Earth; President Superman, the Mutliverse’s ultimate beacon of hope; Roy Harper, back from the dead; and just who are the Totality…?! Featuring six stories set in DC’s Infinite Frontier!

Infinite Frontier: Secret Files #1, written by Joshua Williamson, Brandon Thomas, Stephanie Phillips, and Dan Watters with art by Inaki Miranda, Valentine De Landro, Stephen Byrne, Phil Hester, and Christopher Mitten, featuring a cover by Bryan Hitch, publishes on June 29.

And then in July, the mysteries deepen! How is Roy Harper alive? Who abducted Jade? In Infinite Frontier #2,what secrets and changes lurk inside the newly expanded Multiverse? The devious Director Bones of the D.E.O. re-forms a ragtag team to keep the new worlds at bay, but was highly skilled agent Cameron Chase recruited because the director needs her help, or because he wants a patsy when things go south? Meanwhile, Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern, takes drastic measures to find his missing daughter. Someone has kidnapped Jade, and Alan’s going to find out why and bring her home. Plus, the resurrection of Roy Harper gives the former Teen Titan some unexpected and unpredictable new powers.

Two weeks later Infinite Frontier #3 arrives, and all you need to know is that Barry Allen’s history with the Psycho-Pirate isn’t pleasant. The Flash encountered this mind-bending villain all the way back in the original Crisis on Infinite Earths, and it did not end well for the Scarlet Speedster. For the first time since his death and rebirth, Barry runs afoul of this foe—hopefully it will go better this time around! That is, if the even bigger villain behind the Pirate stays out of the fray, or if President Superman of Justice Incarnate sticks around to help win the day.

Infinite Frontier #2, written by Joshua Williamson with art by Xermanico, Paul Pelletier, and Jesús Merino, a cover by Mitch Gerads and a card stock variant cover by Bryan Hitch, publishes on July 13. Infinite Frontier #3, written by Joshua Williamson with art by Xermanico, Paul Pelletier, and Jesús Merino, a cover by Mitch Gerads and a card stock variant cover by Bryan Hitch, publishes on July 27. Let your Local Comic Shop know you want this Multiverse-defining new series on your pull list!

Coming up in August, the Multiverse’s Finest clash! In Infinite Frontier #4, President Superman finds himself in the wrong world, and it isn’t looking good. Bones and Chase attempt to stop super-powered heroes and villains from crossing Multiversal lines. If they can shut down the President of Steel, they think that it will serve as a signal to all to not mess with Earth-0! This is only a distraction, however, as Injustice Incarnate begins to show them the worst the Multiverse has to offer, and only Flashpoint Batman is there to lend the heroes backup.

And then, building towards a finale that could mean chaos, or crisis, or both for the DC Multiverse: what is the Omega Planet? In Infinite Frontier #5, Roy Harper finds himself forced to do things on his own. He’s been through a lot since he was Green Arrow’s sidekick, and usually, the only person he can count on is himself. Hence, he’s hiding the fact that he’s back from the dead from his old friends. He comes across Jade, who has also been stranded by herself—can he help her while letting her help him? Because neither of them can handle Darkseid all by their lonesome. Meanwhile, Barry Allen sends out a call: it’s time for all the heroes exploring the Infinite Frontier to come to the Omega Planet!

Infinite Frontier #4, written by Joshua Williamson with art by Xermanico, Paul Pelletier, and Jesús Merino, a cover by Mitch Gerads and a card stock variant cover by Bryan Hitch, publishes on August 10. Infinite Frontier #5, written by Joshua Williamson with art by Xermanico, Paul Pelletier, and Jesús Merino, a cover by Mitch Gerads and a card stock variant cover by Bryan Hitch, publishes on August 24.

How will DC’s Multiverse-spanning summer blockbuster end? With the reveal of Flashpoint Batman on the cover of Infinite Frontier #4 by Mitch Gerads, everything you think you know about DC’s Infinite Frontier gets turned upside down! Two more Mitch Gerads covers to be revealed! One more Bryan Hitch variant cover! And did you miss the Darkseid of it all!?? Stay tuned for more news about DC’s Infinite Frontier!

Review: Strange Adventures #10

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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Preview: Strange Adventures #10

Strange Adventures #10

Written by: Tom King
Art by: Evan “Doc” Shaner, Mitch Gerads

Once upon a time on Rann, Adam Strange made a deal with his neighbors and foes to take a stand against the invading Pykkts. Now, on Earth, he is trying to do the same thing: to get all the heroes to rise as one to keep the marauders from doing to his home planet what they already did to his adopted one. But the original deal was a devil’s bargain, and Alanna Strange has received a mysterious letter that may tell her more than she wants to know. If she wants to keep her husband safe, it’s time for her to go on the offensive.

Strange Adventures #10

Review: Strange Adventures #9

Strange Adventures #9

Most of the cards are on the table as the Justice League releases a statement and a part of their report on Adam Strange and his past actions. Strange Adventures #9 is what things have been leading up to in a rather blunt manner for some time now. It’s the “official” word as to what’s been pretty clear. Now, where do things go from here?

Writer Tom King as been building to this and in one issue delivers an interesting debate and the spin that comes out from it. It’s been pretty clear for some issues that Adam Strange and his allies committed horrible acts in their war against the Pykkt, a war that has come to Earth. The issue also gives us a pretty clear example of the horrors inflicted during the war including mass murder. But, how does it go over?

King also gives us an interesting reaction from the media and elsewhere as to the revelations about Adam Strange and his actions. It’s a washing over the horrors of war as if there is only one way to fight. It also echoes safety at all costs, a talking point we’ve heard many times in the 20 years we’ve been at war. We also see the frustration of those who worked on the attempting to find the truth. King doesn’t deliver an “all sides”, he instead shows us a reflection of our reality. This is something that has played out as crimes have been washed over in real life in our battles and elsewhere. As is said by one of the characters, “justice” isn’t enough in the public’s view.

Mitch Gerads and Evan Shaner continue to deliver solid art as they jump between the two time periods. You can feel the tension, drama, and horror oozing off of the pages. The frustration by Superman, Batman, and Mr. Terrific is clear. Adam Strange’s protesting his innocence delivers a punch, especially in what happens next. Clayton Cowles‘ lettering helps add the punch to the dialogue helping to emphasize each emotional beat.

Strange Adventures #9 is a reminder that even heroes can do horrible things and that reality is dirty. It shows us some of the horrible acts committed by Strange in his battle against the Pykkt. It also teases that there’s so much more to it all. Strange Adventures #9 shows that even just wars can be fought unjustly. There’s a debate left for the reader as to what lines can and should be crossed in battle. There’s still a lot to go in the series and where it takes us from here should be an emotional ride.

Story: Tom King Art: Mitch Gerads, Evan Shaner Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Strange Adventures #9

Strange Adventures #9

Written by: Tom King
Art by: Evan “Doc” Shaner, Mitch Gerads

The Pykkts are attacking Earth. As the only warrior in all the cosmos to ever defeat them, Adam Strange leads the planet’s mightiest heroes in all-out war! The only thing is, evidence is mounting that Adam’s victory on Rann may not have been everything he says it was. There is time unaccounted for, circumstances left unexplained. Even Batman has started to wonder about his friend. Sure, they are fighting side by side right now, but who will answer for all the things that got them here? Why, Alanna Strange, of course! It’s time for the Rannian princess to go out and set the record straight. The hit series continues on a bimonthly schedule.

Strange Adventures #9

Infinite Frontier Expands Into a Six-Issue Miniseries

Future State offered a glimpse of the near and far futures of DC‘s heroes and villains, But, what’s next and the CURRENT status of the DC Universe? That question was partially answered in today’s Infinite Frontier #0 which sets the stage for new stories, mysteries, and surprises.

As a result of Dark Nights: Death Metal, everything was put back where it belonged in the DC Multiverse… everything! All the damage from all the Crises was undone, and heroes long thought gone returned from whatever exile they had been in.

Infinite Frontier #0 is just the beginning!

DC has announced Infinite Frontier, a six-issue miniseries by Joshua Williamson and Xermanico. It features covers by Mitch Gerads and begins June 22. Get ready to explore more of DC’s rapidly expanding Multiverse!

In this summer event, Alan Scott, the Green Lantern from the Justice Society of America, has noticed some of his allies are still missing in action, and he’s determined to find them. There are others, though, that would rather remain hidden than explain themselves, like Roy Harper, a.k.a. Arsenal, a man who should be dead now is not. Plus, what does all this mean for the DCU’s place in the Multiverse? On opposite sides of a dimensional divide, both Barry Allen and President Superman ponder this question. Not to mention the Darkseid of it all! Or a team of Multiversal heroes called Justice Incarnate!

This brand-new event from DC has one foot in the past, but both eyes looking forward to a future that they hope will remain as bright as it seems!

Infinite Frontier #0 art by John Timms and Alex Sinclair
Interior artwork from Infinite Frontier #0 by John Timms and Alex Sinclair

Review: Strange Adventures #8

Strange Adventures #8

We’ve been waiting for it for some time and Strange Adventures #8 begins to really start showing the cracks in Adam Strange’s world. The battle with the Pykkts continues on Earth. The heroes do what they can to stop the first wave before it overruns the planet and it gets impossible to stop the second wave. But, the attack reveals some of the truth that Adam Strange has been hiding and running from.

Tom King continues his interesting exploration of the horrors of war and how history is written by the winners. It’s a series that begs for a deeper exploration and examination. King, a former CIA operative, has spent time in warzones and his writing has you wondering what he experienced during this time. What experiences led to this particular writing?

The story is an interesting one as it bounces back and forth between the war on Earth and what Strange experienced on Rann. This is the issue before the big reveal as it becomes clearer that Strange has done some horrible stuff that’s being covered up.

But, there’s a underlying theme to the series as a whole, that there are no real heroes in war. Horrible things happen. Individuals make terrible decisions. People die. Crimes are committed. It’s some of what makes up war and to come out of it with a romanticized look at it all is a false narrative. We do these things to make use get past to the horrors of war. As they say, in war, there are no victors.

Despite the serious nature of the comic, King delivers some humor. Mr. Terrific and Batman attempting to interrogate a Pykkt soldier is fantastic. Batman’s attempt at the language and Mr. Terrific’s response are classic. That’s juxtaposed with how Adam Strange approaches a similar situation. That’s not so humorous.

The art by Mitch Gerads and Evan Shaner is fantastic as always. Along with lettering by Clayton Cowles, the comic visually is amazing. There’s an interesting mix of pages with only a few panels and pages packed in with nine of them. The comic changes things up as far as that but sticks mainly to traditional box layouts. It brings a stiff and proper feel to it all in some ways. But what’s really interesting is there’s a tense aspect to it all. There aren’t really horrible things within the comic but you can feel tension in every panel on every page. You’re waiting for that moment and by the time it ends, the comic delivers exactly that.

Strange Adventures #8 is the issue that launches us into the final third of the twelve issue series. It’s a sweeping story that examines wars and the mythology that spins out of them. Where the creative team takes this all should be interesting. How it will reflect on our modern times even more so.

Story: Tom King Art: Mitch Gerads, Evan Shaner Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Strange Adventures #8

Strange Adventures #8

Written by: Tom King
Art by: Evan “Doc” Shaner, Mitch Gerads

The battle against the Pykkts continues! The Justice League-including Green Lantern, Doctor Fate, Batman, the Flash, Superman, and Wonder Woman-has scattered across the Earth, pushing back the marauders wherever they appear. Even Mr. Terrific takes a break from investigating Adam Strange’s alleged war crimes to land a punch or two in their stupid alien faces. But Adam Strange has made his decision: to save Rann at any price-even if that price is the Earth itself!

Strange Adventures #8
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