“Strange Tales II” by Harvey Pekar, et. al. (Marvel, 2011)

Strange Tales II
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After the popularity and success of the original Strange Tales, Marvel is back with Strange Tales II, featuring a whole host of familiar and renowned characters and superheroes and villains, all in strange and unusual and unpredictable and shocking situations you’d never really expected them to be in.  But the key to Strange Tales II is that it’s another great “what if” for known names readers may wonder about beyond the pages of their daredeviling and adventurous comic books.

Here you will find many know names – and some not – from the world of comics and illustration, including Jhonen Vasquez, Rafael Grampa, James and Gilbert Hernandez, Kate Beaton, Jeff Lemire, James Stokoe, Terry Moore, and Harvey Pekar to name a few.  And within these pages you’ll discover the likes of Wolverine involved in mixed martial arts tournaments, eating hot dogs, and giving relationship advice; Spiderman being invited to the prom; or Thor forging an alliance with a disguised farm animal.

In Strange Tales II, you will find your heroes and your idols in strange places and strange situations, and you’ll be entertained and you’ll laugh, because sometimes these special people get up to mischief and engage in unusual actions to say the least.  Eventually they will return to the action and saving of lives their famous for, but for now sit back and peer into the hidden stories beyond the adventure comic.

Originally written on September 21, 2011 ©Alex C. Telander.

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