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Baltimore Comic Con is Virtual? You Can Still Get Autographs!

Baltimore Comic Con

This coming weekend is the 1st annual Baltimore Comic-Con Live, a FREE ONLINE EVENT streaming the weekend of October 23-25, 2020! Come check out retailers, exhibitors, artists alley, programming, and the Ringo Awards live! While we won’t gather together in Baltimore and meet our favorite creators, get autographs, or get books certified in person, the convention has enabled some options for a set of this year’s guests that you’ll want to check out for yourself, including autographs, CBCS Authentic Grading, and CGC Autographs and Remarks!

Head to the Baltimore Comic-Con Live website to see what the latest options available to you are. Currently, the following guests are offering options:

  • Chris Cantwell (Iron Man)
  • Howard Chaykin (Marvels Snapshots: Spider-Man)
  • Evil Ted Smith (Cosplay creator)
  • Lloyd Kaufman (Troma Entertainment film studio)
  • Donny Cates (King in Black)
  • Tom King (Strange Adventures)
  • Mitch Gerads (Mister Miracle)
  • Ryan Stegman (King in Black)
  • Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine)
  • Matthew Rosenberg (Uncanny X-Men)
  • Evan “Doc” Shaner (Strange Adventures)

Check out the Autographs page for all of the latest details!

Review: Strange Adventures #6

Strange Adventures #6

Strange Adventures has been an interesting comic series examining war and the lies we tell ourselves surrounding heroism. War is messy. It’s dirty. And, even when the reason is just, it involves horrors and acts that haunt those who commit them and may seem to be evil to those judging from the outside. History may be written by the victors but it doesn’t mean that those writers don’t feel guilt or know they’re spinning fiction from fact. Strange Adventures #6 examines the internal guilt of war and more in a haunting issue that’s emotionally raw.

Writer Tom King continues to explore his experiences in war through comics and this issue might be one of the most truthful and honest things written. Strange Adventures #6 features Mr. Terrific, Michael Holt, talking with Alanna, wife of Adam Strange. They discuss their actions and the loss they’ve both seen and suffered bonding to some extent over the loss of a daughter.

Through each character King examines different aspects of being a person. Alanna admits the actions she and Adam took during the battle with the Pykkts at times were over the line and horrific acts. Though their battle was “just” and in defense, they still went on to commit what was likely crimes. Alanna admits what they did was “cruel.” They were the “good guys who weren’t always good.” The cheering on of Adam and his adventures are tainted though the masses are unaware since Strange and his allies were the victors and the ones writing the history.

Through Holt, King explores fatherhood. We know he lost a child and his wife and here we get a stunning admission. We learn the truth about the loss of both and how they impacted Holt to become Mr. Terrific. To some extent the guilt drives him but the guilt isn’t of the loss, it’s the loss of the responsibility. Holt admits the coldness we’ve been seeing concerning the topic is real, he never wanted to be a father. The loss of his child was a relief to him. What’s interesting to me though is Holt’s slide in his discussion. In the beginning he refers to his child as “the kid,” then “the baby,” then back to “the kid,” and finally “it.” Not a “they,” he uses “it.” There’s an emotional distance to this event that King uses towards the end.

What King has put together is a dance between the two. As we get flashes of the Strange’s battles Holt and Alanna we get another battle, a battle of wits. Alanna hides her intelligence and we know Holt is one of the smartest individuals in the DC universe. In their sharing their scars they’re also playing a game with each other. Alanna is attempting to manipulate Michael while Michael is interrogating Alanna. That becomes clear with Michael’s final questions to Alanna as they depart from their get together. It’s a pointed question that takes an touching issue and delivers the cross-examination question that’s like a dagger.

As expected, Mitch Gerads and Evan Shaner deliver gorgeous art also dancing between the two settings. The cold discussion between Alanna and Michael is juxtaposed with the heat of war. The colors reflect the flicker of the dance between reds and blues depending on the setting. The shift of colors are interesting as well as Michael and Alanna’s discussion goes from a warm yellow to eventually a cold blue. It’s all well worth examining and contemplating as each detail feels thought out as to their deeper meaning.

The lettering by Clayton Cowles continues to stand out too. The text changes between the civil conversation and the yelling of battle. The language of the Pykkts takes center stage too during one scene. Again, like the art itself, the lettering feels like it’s well thought out and every decision was thought of as far as how it fits into the greater meaning and impact to the story.

Strange Adventures #6 is the high point of the series showing of the cerebral nature of it all. Like discussed above, it’s a dance between two highly intelligent people as they figure each other out. The investigation continues as Michael still searches for the truth and we the reader are continued to be forced to question everything we’re shown in the past.

Story: Tom King Art: Mitch Gerads, Evan Shaner Letter: Clayton Cowles
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Strange Adventures #6

Strange Adventures #6

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

How determined is Mr. Terrific to find the truth? The answer becomes more challenging as the whole world starts to turn against him. Adam Strange is a hero who can save the Earth from alien invasion, and who is Mr. Terrific to say otherwise? The extent of the denial only makes the man more suspicious. Not that the warmongering Pykkts care one way or the other. If Strange is to be believed, they only have one thing on their minds: taking over the planet. Adam and his wife beat them back once before, and the key to doing it again is to dig into the past that Mr. Terrific is so hell-bent on destroying. Read the series IGN calls one of the most anticipated comics of the year!

Strange Adventures #6

Preview: Strange Adventures #5

Strange Adventures #5

(W) Tom King (A) Evan “Doc” Shaner, Mitch Gerads
In Shops: Sep 01, 2020
SRP: $4.99

Mr. Terrific is back on Earth, and he’s making things hot for Adam Strange-but he also might get a little burned himself! The conflict is out in the open now, and the court of public opinion doesn’t play fair. Mr. Terrific was picked to investigate the accusations against Adam Strange because he was the most impartial member of the Justice League-but can even he keep all of this from getting personal? Plus, as we witness more of Adam’s adventures in outer space, will his version of events jibe with the facts, or will they continue to drift further apart? Find out in the series everyone is talking about by one of the most acclaimed creative teams in comics!

Strange Adventures #5

Strange Adventures #1, #3, and #4 Get New Printings

Strange Adventures continues to be a hit with fans and critics, and today DC announces that the sold-out issues #1, #3 and #4 of the compelling sci-fi mystery series by Tom King, Mitch Gerads, and Evan “Doc” Shaner will all return for second printings!

Strange Adventures #1’s second printing will be offered with both of the issue’s original covers by Gerads and Shaner, now presented in card stock format with spot varnish, matching the subsequent issues of the series. Copies of Strange Adventures #1’s second printing will arrive in stores on September 15.

Strange Adventures #3 and #4’s second printings will feature recolored versions of the main cover by Gerads, and will also arrive on September 15.

Strange Adventures—from the Mister Miracle team of writer Tom King and artist Mitch Gerads, joined by fan-favorite artist Evan “Doc” Shaner with lettering by Clayton Cowles—is an epic tale in the tradition of Watchmen, The Dark Knight Returns, and DC: The New Frontier: a story of blood, war, and love that readers will be talking about for years to come.

Adam Strange is the hero of Rann, a man famous throughout the galaxy for his bravery and honor. After leading his adopted home to victory in a great planetary war, Adam and his wife Alanna retire to Earth, where they are greeted by cheers, awards, and parades. But not all is as happy and nice as it seems, as the decisions Adam made during battles on Rann come back to haunt his family and threaten the entire DC Universe. And now a surprise DC hero will have to choose between saving Adam Strange and saving the world.

The next installment of the 12-issue limited series, Strange Adventures #5, will hit shelves September 1, 2020.

Get a First Look at Strange Adventures #5

Coming up in Strange Adventures #5 on September 8, Mr. Terrific is back on Earth, and he’s making things hot for Adam Strange—but he also might get a little burned himself! The conflict is out in the open now, and the court of public opinion doesn’t play fair.

Mr. Terrific was picked to investigate the accusations against Adam Strange because he was the most impartial member of the Justice League-but can even he keep all of this from getting personal?

Plus, as we witness more of Adam’s adventures in outer space, will his version of events jibe with the facts, or will they continue to drift further apart? Find out in the series everyone is talking about by one of the most acclaimed creative teams in comics!

Strange Adventures #5 is by Tom King, Mitch Gerads, and Evan “Doc” Shaner.

Strange Adventures #5

Preview: Strange Adventures #4

Strange Adventures #4

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

Welcome to planet Rann, Mr. Terrific! Earth’s champion of fair play has traveled halfway across the galaxy to investigate firsthand the crimes Adam Strange stands accused of. He’s not going to find many friendly witnesses, though, as the people of Rann consider Adam Strange their true champion. Yet for all the resistance Mister Terrific faces on the surface of Rann, his true opposition may be lurking closer to his subject than he realizes. This adventure between two worlds continues, with Mitch Gerads drawing the gritty Earth sequences, and Evan “Doc” Shaner showing us the splendor of Adam Strange’s battles in outer space!

Strange Adventures #4

Preview: Strange Adventures #3

Strange Adventures #3

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

Can Adam Strange handle the truth? After the cosmic adventurer was accused of murder and had his whole record as a soldier questioned, he turned to Batman for help clearing his name. But someone else was needed to ensure that the investigation would be truly impartial. Enter Mr. Terrific, the man for whom “Fair Play” is a credo to live by. Be careful what you wish for, Adam Strange, because your life is about to be turned upside down. This could be one of the greatest tests you’ve ever faced. Like when you had to prove yourselves in Rann’s gladiatorial arena. This adventure between two worlds continues, with Mitch Gerads drawing the gritty Earth sequences and Doc Shaner showing us the splendor of Adam Strange’s battles in outer space!

Strange Adventures #3

Review: Strange Adventures #2

Strange Adventures #2

It’s been some time since the debut of Strange Adventures. The maxi-series was an intriguing start exploring the mythology of war and war heroes. Strange Adventures #2 is a shift in some ways. Writer Tom King focuses on the comic on Michael Holt, aka Mr. Terrific, as he has to decide if he’s going to take up the case. At stake is the truth about Adam Strange’s war stories and the possibility he committed murder.

King delivers a fascinating issue that sets of Holt’s bonafides as an investigator. We get a comparison in a way with Batman and King intelligently gives us reasons as to why Holt is a better choice to do this than Batman. But, what King does that’s really impressive is tie together real-world socio-political issues that are in the reader’s head. Holt is a Black man who’d be investigating a White war hero.

How would that look? How will the public react?

King through various scenes and outright pondering teases that this isn’t a simple investigation for Holt. There’s some real danger to him, his reputation, and possibly his safety by taking this on. King also delivers some emotional reasons for Holt taking on the case that are revealed as the issue wraps up. It adds more of an emotional connection to the case and in doing so adds depth to the character.

But, the issue isn’t totally focused on Michael Holt deciding if he wants to take the case. We’re also taken to the world of Rann-and as Strange attempts to find allies in his battle. This part of the story is a bit weaker without a feel of danger but it’s a necessity. There’s very much a Flash Gordon meets Planet of the Apes vibe to it all. It fills in some gaps to Strange’s story and it’s a piece of the bigger puzzle as to what really happened.

Mitch Gerads and Evan “Doc” Shaner trade off duties as one focuses on the present day and the other the past and war. The two styles work really well together tied nicely with a color palette focused on blues and reds and oranges. There’s an interesting dance between the two segments as the issue has an almost dreamlike sequence about it in ways. The bouncing between the two with the changing of colors is something that can be explored on its own, and what was used where is a very deliberate choice. A red eye being the focus on a blue panel for instance is symbolism that can be read in to and debated for some time.

The issue is interesting in that it feels a bit like a distraction from the story set forth in the first issue. But, it’s a really intelligent issue as it sets up the qualifications of the person who will be “trying” Strange. It lays out the case as to why this is the right person with the issue acting like a resume and defending the choice for the story. It also sets up that this is even less of a clear investigation and there are political landmines throughout. The issue would have done better if there wasn’t so much of a gap and on its own it’s not too exciting. But, it still feels like a key set up as to what’s to come so as a piece of the greater story, Strange Adventures #2 is a very interesting issue.

Story: Tom King Art: Mitch Gerads, Evan “Doc” Shaner Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Strange Adventures #2 (of 12)

Strange Adventures #2 (of 12)

(W) Tom King (A) Evan Shaner (A/CA) Mitch Gerads
In Shops: Jun 17, 2020
SRP: $4.99

DC BLACK LABEL AGES 17+
What is the truth about Adam Strange? When an activist who publicly accused him of war crimes ends up dead, the public begins to doubt Strange’s stories about his adventures on the planet Rann-and he’s even starting to doubt himself. It’s going to take a special investigator to get the truth, and he’s going to have to tear apart Adam Strange’s life and reputation to do it.
A special miniseries set on two worlds, it takes two artists to bring Strange Adventures to life. Mitch Gerads tackles the earthbound sequences, while Doc Shaner launches us into space. And it’s all written by Tom King, the Eisner Award-winning writer who brought you Mister Miracle, Omega Men, and Sheriff of Babylon.

Strange Adventures #2 (of 12)
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