Strange Adventures #3

Writer: Tom King Artist: Mitch Gerads, Evan Shaner Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 15, 2020 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 45
8.4Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

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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 more

  • 10
    On Comics Ground - Timothy Quail Jul 23, 2020

    Tom King is back on top and firing on all cylinders. DC should consider keeping Tom King in the 12 issue maxi-series format. He clearly works well within the confines. Mitch Gerads and Evan Shaner are also putting forward some of their best work, making it a beautiful comic that stands out among the best of the best. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Jul 14, 2020

    STRANGE ADVENTURES #3 is not only as brilliant as the last two issues, but as new elements begin to be at play, this series evolves into something even more enchanting. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Jul 14, 2020

    Strange Adventures #3 is another excellent installment of the latest comic to feature the adventures Adam Strange. It's wonderfully illustrated by Mitch Gerads and Evan “Doc” Shaner. Their work alone is worth the price of admission. Tom King is genuinely writing a fantastic comic. However, and it is a potentially significant “however,” one can't help but be perplexed by the anomalies in King's script. His track record with Heroes in Crisis shows he's not afraid to permanently damage a beloved character. Adam Strange's reputation is hanging in the balance with this series. So far, even if King assassinates Adam's character, the journey is a thousands time more enjoyable and well execute than Heroes in Crisis. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jul 15, 2020

    The story is tops. King does a bang up job on the script and it works on many levels. The art by Shaner and especially Gerads is a sight to behold. I am enjoying how this series is shaping up. It seems like it will end up being a definitive Adam Strange story indeed. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Jul 14, 2020

    'Strange Adventures' is a page-turner with crisp pacing and stunning visuals with a narrative complexity and momentum that is unparalleled today. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jul 14, 2020

    Both Mitch Gerads and Evan (Doc) Shaner blow you away with the art. As the mystery intensifies, Gerads film noir style beautifully reflects both the mystery and the darkness hanging over these characters. Shaner's classic style perfectly complements the other side of the story by showing the contrast between the hero's journey and his gritty reality. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Jul 28, 2020

    It would be fantastic to see something happen with regard to pacing in the next issue, but if its anything like this issue. I'm probably going to drop this book from my list. At the moment this feels like more of an art book, which is great. But a few more reveals in regards to where the story is actually going would be great. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Brandon Lawrence Jul 15, 2020

    A pox on my house if I don't mention Gerard's artwork. He easily has one of the most distinguishable styles in comics today. The panel where the ritual combat ends is intense in Strange's expression and the pages color. As if I needed to tell you to pick up a King/ Gerards book, this title is worth the read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 14, 2020

    Evan Shaner takes the flashbacks, which are more visually subdued this issue with more muted colors right up until the payoff suggesting not everything is as pleasant as Adam and Alanna started.Its too early in the series run to start expecting answers and King is doing a solid job of building the mystery. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 14, 2020

    Tom King on main-line properties tends to be controversial, but Tom King on his own self-contained miniseries is a thing to marvel at. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Jul 14, 2020

    As it stands, Strange Adventures #3 continues to deepen the plot of its ongoing narrative. By denying the reader of key information there are huge questions that need answering. The biggest is whether or not King and the company will deliver on all the suspense being built here. But as this story continues, my need to learn these answers is growing. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Jul 24, 2020

    Aside from some narrative oversights which drag the tale down to the merely passable, this is a deeply enjoyable read. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jul 21, 2020

    Strange Adventures has a lot of strangeness ahead for us so I'm not placing a ton into what we're getting here other than it being some of the foundational elements and setup. It's fascinating to watch unfold because it plays to the kind of storytelling I like with a slower more methodical thing, less of the big action sequences. Even as the main fight plays out here it's more of a “slugfest” like They Live than a traditional superhero series fight and that appeals a lot. The bigger story still feels like it hasn't truly revealed itself in a way that really gets into the meat of things but I'm fascinated by what Mr. Terrific is up to and the way it unbalances those like Alanna and Adam into potentially making some sort of mistake if there really is an issue here and not just an elaborate framing setup going on. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 18, 2020

    The mysteries deepen in fun and exciting ways in Strange Adventures #3, making this series even more tantalizing. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jul 15, 2020

    As a full story, perhaps this chapter will make more sense, feel more satisfying, give more answers "but asking readers to be patient when we're only three issues into the storyline feels like a bug rather than a feature, making Strange Adventures feel more like an acquired taste despite the singular track records of all the creators involved. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jul 13, 2020

    After three issues, I am struggling to stay interested in this book.  Tom King gives readers a mystery without clues and an off-panel investigation, which makes it nearly impossible to play along.  It's a whisper down the lane plot that keeps changing focus and thus gets nowhere.  Tom King likes to play the long game, but I need something to keep me interested in each issue, and the great art isn't enough already. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Jul 16, 2020

    There's a sheen to this series that offers the appearance of seriousness and consideration, but it becomes increasingly clear with each issue that there's a lack of substance to support that style. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Liem Duong Jul 14, 2020

    This just got spicy. With the conspiracy we are left with in Issue 2, King jumps the gun and kicks the story into high gear. The image of Adam Strange and what exactly happened on Rann, as well as what might happen to Earth is now becoming more and more muddled and elusive as this issue goes on, and thats exactly what King wants you to see. King is hiding something, and he is hiding it damn well.

    Art by Both Gerads and Shaner of course superb, some of DC's best art, on top of coloring an panel layouts. Read it for the art styles alone. But how this sci-fi crime hybrid takes is course is very masterfully done. Its becoming more tense as more information is being passed, yet we don't know how it all ties together and what will ha more

  • 5.0
    YourGreenMuse Jul 18, 2020

    This is fine, I guess. I mean, if you wanted me to root for Alanna's downfall, you did good. She's clearly an awful person. I'm frankly sick of this story already, which is probably not a good sign, and I'm not interested in what happens next anymore.

  • 4.5
    ohhaimark Jul 15, 2020

    The frustrating thing about this series is how good it would probably be if it was 6 issues long.

    Art's nice though.

  • 10
    A_Bold_One Jul 14, 2020

    MASSIVE step up from what felt like a directionless last issue. This maxi is really coming into it's own with the 3rd issue.

  • 8.0
    TheHyruleElf Jul 14, 2020

    My thoughts on Strange Adventures #2 by Tom King, Evan Shaner and Mitch Gerads:

    Two days ago I read Flex Mentallo, Grant Morrison's thesis on what heroes should represent in our society. His idea was that heroes are our modern mythology and should represent a sort of unbridled optimism that can be seldom found elsewhere. This isn't to say that heroes are perfect, but when they're frequently portrayed as damaged, it's hard to believe they're ever anything else. So while this issue is well written and filled with drama, it's almost hard for me to divorce this from my mind as Adam and Alanna come across as almost cartoonish villains. Adam in particular comes across as whiny, and completely against investigation, which makes him look more

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  • 6.5
    Spacey Medicine Jul 29, 2020

    I really like the art in this! I’m less sure about the characters or the plot but I’m willing to stick with it for now.

  • 9.5

    This was absolutely jam packed considering it is a 3 panel story with two stories unfolding at once. The last few issues it felt like whether something was up or not, was up in the air, however this one suddenly got dirty feeling. The art really captures feigned smiles and disappointment in oneself. As a fan of Adam Strange and his secondary cast of characters, and having to read Sardath's turn from lovable elder to messed up survivalist... I hope Alanna is only just making it look worse for herself.

    I am pretty sick of political comics, and this is definitely one, but it is actually relevant and comes off as realistic. There really is an alternative media station that loves to soil the water by bringing up much smaller things as more

  • 9.5
    Señor Smokey Aug 6, 2020

    -Art continues to be stellar, great facial expressions
    -The scenes of Alanna talking and Adam fighting are great and its a great metaphor for how we glorify and trivialize violence
    -Loved when adam was caught off guard by hawkman and then got knocked down in his duel
    -Good use of how media can skew public opinion

  • 9.0
    FinanceGuy15 Jul 14, 2020

    Good issue, liking the JL appearances

  • 7.0
    SONOFBATMANN Jul 15, 2020

    Alanna is obviously the murderer. King is still teasing us as to what crimes Adam may have committed as well as what Terrific's judgement was (we only saw the aftermath). King however does it very sloppily; the dialogue is a drag, but better than his Mister Miracle husband/wife banter.

    I thought Batman's dialogue was serviceable but the story itself is moving at a snails pace.

    Gerads art is magnificent tho.

  • 6.0
    JulianPope Jul 14, 2020

    As artist Mitch Gerads himself has said, a 12-issue episode of “Scandal”. Moving at a snails pace, King getting high on his own supply.

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