Strange Adventures #9

Writer: Tom King Artist: Mitch Gerads, Evan Shaner Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 31, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 33
7.8Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

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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 schedul more

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Mar 30, 2021

    Strange Adventures #9 refocuses the reader on the main themes as the final leg of the series begins in the final three issues. While there are still lots of questions that remain unanswered, King, Gerads and Shaner have developed an intensity and immediacy to the series that is nearly unparalleled. Even if you haven't read the first eight chapters, this issue is enough to get a new reader on board. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Apr 3, 2021

    When all is said and done, Strange Adventures #9 continues to slowly unravel the narrative with skill, grace, and precision. It has been a long journey, and there is still a bit more to go, but if King and company can continue to deliver like this it will be worth every page. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Apr 5, 2021

    This issue pretty much sees the fallout from Batman's investigation into Adam Strange and it with brilliant how writer Tom King handles the talking heads on the news. The whole comic is pretty much a clever comment on public opinion and how it can be manipulated by the media. Alanna's speech on the news shows that she appears on felt rather Trumpian in its approach to acknowledging that there was truth in the allegations made toward Adam Strange. Indeed, she absolutely goes all out in selling Adam Strange's actions as those of a war hero. Rhetorically asking the audience if they want someone that will win by punishing the enemy. Or if they want the JLA who will fight by the rules. It's a reminder that war is not civilized. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Mar 31, 2021

    This has been a great journey thus far. It has been one of the better mini-series DC has put out in recent years as well. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 30, 2021

    This is probably going to be the most divisive issue of Strange Adventures, and I think that's entirely by design. Tom King has never been one to shy away from tricky concepts, but this issue feels personal in a way none has since The Sheriff of Babylon. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 30, 2021

    With a handful of issues left, Im hoping King devotes enough time for the payoff and the repercussions of this big reveal. I feel a lot better about Kings ability to stick the landing after this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - James Caudill Mar 30, 2021

    If you are like me and want to see amazing artwork and really good writing, you certainly can’t go wrong with this book by Tom King, Mitch Gerads, Doc Shaner and the rest of the crew. Get ready for a feast of the eyes! Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Mar 30, 2021

    Gerads and Shaner deliver some beautiful visuals to both parts of this story. I continue to be impressed with the styles and how they compliment each other. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Mar 30, 2021

    DC Comics' STRANGE ADVENTURES might have answered lots of questions, but it hasn't sacrificed any of its mystery. It continues to be a title full of intrigue and action. This creative team are still doing some of the best work in the industry. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Mar 30, 2021

    Strange Adventures continues to be a fascinating series to ponder and read over as we attempt to understand the characters and what they have done. It's unclear if there will ever be answers, but that's kind of the point. When it comes to war and retaliation, King, Gerads, and Shaner have shown it's all very complicated, and in the face of the perfect heroic model, downright horrifying. For that, Strange Adventures holds up a mirror to ourselves in a way superhero comics rarely do. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 6, 2021

    Strange Adventures continues to be the kind of project where you can definitely pull in from a lot of different things and have wildly different views because it's the rare book that's presenting real and concrete positions, actions, and complex situations to work from. It's not just a standard superhero comic in the traditional sense, which I thoroughly enjoy, but one that has a lot of layers to it that you can have conflicting opinions about. This installment hit a lot of things that stand out from the last few years in regards to how investigations are done and how information is withheld for a variety of reasons while still making damning claims about people. It's applied in interesting ways here that definitely makes you feel ambivalent at best about almost everyone while still feeling like there's a significant secret being withheld until the very end of the run. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Graphic Policy - Brett Mar 30, 2021

    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. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Mar 29, 2021

    Strange Adventures #9 is a tragedy. The art is great, as it has been the whole series, but the overall tone is just depressing. So, so depressing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    COMICON - Olly MacNamee Apr 5, 2021

    Strange Adventures #9 is another issue that feels like its just playing for time in a comic book that could have easily told its story in half the issues. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Mar 31, 2021

    Strange Adventures #9 is a revolting and misguided defense of disgusting acts lacking all of the nuance required to grapple with the worst aspects of war. Read Full Review

  • 0.5
    On Comics Ground - Timothy Quail May 27, 2021

    As this issue stands, it is incredibly problematic (but has amazing art). It is possible, and hopeful, that these elements are addressed and refocused but the end of the series. Read Full Review

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