Strange Adventures #1

Strange Adventures #1

Writer: Jim Starlin Artist: Manuel Garcia Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 4, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11
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Master storyteller Jim Starlin takes readers on an epic sci-fi adventure starring Adam Strange, Comet and the reverse Superman known as Bizarro. A deadly peril threatens the universe, and it's up to Adam Strange to stop it. Meanwhile, a contract is put out for the death of Comet while Bizarro finds a new purpose in life, which leads to the beginning of a strange new journey.

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell May 28, 2011

    While it didn't have a “holy crap” awesome story, there really aren't any turds in this anthology and a few stories are quite promising. There's also the bonus that the whole comic is sci-fi themed and that isn't something we get enough of in comics today. Hopefully Vertigo will sell enough of these to keep this series going for a LONG time because we need more anthologies on the shelves. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young Mar 8, 2009

    I long for a return to the Gardner Fox and Murphy Anderson Adam Strange stories that Julius Schwartz edited from 1958 to 1965, but that character and those strange adventures are never to come again (apparently). Thus, fans of the character can enjoy Starlins use of the direction Adam Strange has taken without Schwartzs guidance. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Koppy McFad Mar 13, 2009

    There is also a back-up feature where Bizarro is told he has some great destiny ahead of him. This part, drawn by Starlin, is very cryptic so it is hard to judge it on its own-- although the art is well-done. By the way, despite all of Bizarro's space travels, he is also shown on Earth in such books as ACTION COMICS and in the SOLOMON GRUNDY miniseries. Is this just a continuity glitch we can ignore or is it a sign of some twist coming down the line? Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 25, 2011

    Sci-fi fans will have to decide for themselves whether this issue is worth the rather hefty $8 price tag. At around 75 pages, it's not exactly a bad deal, but considering the uneven story quality and flimsy paper quality it seems Vertigo should have been able to shave another couple dollars off the price. Not to mention that it should be a crime to slap a Paul Pope cover on a book and not offer any actual story content from Pope. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Troy Stith Mar 8, 2009

    Even though I gave this issue an average rating, I will be picking it up again next month. I need to find out what happens to Bizarro. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jon Freeman Mar 8, 2009

    At $3.99 an issue, I cant say whether or not Ill stick around for the next seven installments of Strange Adventures. As a fan of Starlins work, I certainly hope that the rest of the series develops into the epic that it should be. If not, I hope it at least gives us more of Bizarro beating stuff up. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Robert Murray Mar 8, 2009

    To say I was disappointed with this first issue would be an understatement, but I still love the DC cosmic universe enough to continue with this miniseries. Hopefully, either the cover price comes down to a regular 2.99 or the story picks up on galactic scale. Otherwise, I might be discussing Strange Adventures as a bust that may keep me from investing in further interstellar fare. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Mar 7, 2009

    "Strange Adventures" is an odd book, lacking in direction and purpose, and, seemingly, demand. Why does this book exist? Is it just to feed some of our Starlin addiction or is there more? Sadly, this first issue doesn't answer those questions. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton May 25, 2011

    At the end of the day, "Strange Adventures" delivers two great stories, and then a lot of pieces that look good but aren't quite as strong in the writing department. It's a shame, because I'd have cheerfully come on board for an annual 80-page "Strange Adventures" anthology if it had top-notch stories. Based on this outing, though, I'm fine with this being just a one-shot. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young Mar 8, 2009

    A deadly peril threatens the universe, and it's up to Adam Strange to stop it. Meanwhile, a contract is put out for the death of Comet while Bizarro finds a new purpose in life, which leads to the beginning of a strange adventure. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kurt Taylor Lane Mar 8, 2009

    If youre a fan of Jim Starlin, youve probably already bought this issue and more power to you, but Im not battering down the door or shattering the windows at my local comic store to get a hold of the second issue. If youre looking for a good space opera, theres always War of Kings or Shrapnel: Aristera Rising. Read Full Review

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