Strange Adventures continues this month with its fourth issue. This issue blends action and intrigue together with some breathtaking art. Spoilers for Strange Adventures #2 and #3 ahead.
In the past, the war for control of Rann rages on with Adam Strange leading the battle against the Pykkt invaders. However, even with the help of the Hellotaat Tribe, they are still greatly outmatched. Strange seeks aid to defeat the Pykkt, but he does not receive the response he desires.
In the present, Mister Terrific arrives at Rann seeking information about Adam Strange’s “strange adventures” on the planet and why they hold him in such high regard. The people of Rann are not pleased that their hero’s actions are being questioned. Will Mister Terrific find the answers he is looking for?
The split story of this issue paints to different pictures of Rann and its people. In the war against the Pykkt, the people of Rann seem helpless with Adam as their hero desperately trying to save the people he has sworn to protect. This is the story of how Adam Strange became the hero of Rann. The story Mister Terrific wants to hear, but Rann is desperately trying to keep the true story a secret. Is Adam Strange as heroic as the stories would have you believe?
While half of the story is about Strange, Mister Terrific easily steals the show. His intelligence shines throughout, especially in the scene where he fluently speaks the Pykkt language after learning on the trip to Rann. His “no bias, only the truth” attitude paints the picture of a man who has constantly been questioned all his life because he always seems to have the answer. Tom King is slowly making me a fan of this character, and I can’t wait to see where Terrific’s story goes in the next few issues.
Doc Shaner and Mitch Gerads’ art is fantastic once again. They add greatly to the tones of the two stories. However, it seems the stories are slowly becoming one as certain pages feel like a blend of their two art styles. Is this meant to foreshadow that the space escapades presented are hiding the truth? It seems to paint the picture of an unreliable nature when Shaner’s more clear-cut panels are given the distortion effect that is prominent in Gerads’ panels. King might be the one writing the story, but Shaner and Gerads are the ones holding each story beat together. The standout page of this issue is when the Rann soldiers break into Mister Terrific’s room.
Strange Adventures is a terrifically written story so far with breathtaking visuals that are all due to my favorite creative team in comics right now. The comic only gets better with each issue. I know I say it every review, but I cannot wait for the next issue!