The Strangers #1 (Oni Press)


Rating: 4/5 – Great ’60s feel

This new series written by Chris Roberson with art by Scott Kowalchuk is set in the 1960s and feels just like it stepped out of the ’60s with art that reminds me of Mike Allred.   If you like swinging super-spies & period adventure, this will be right up your alley.

The eponymous Strangers are a trio agents (Verity Mills, Michael Kono, & Sandoval) who take their directions from the mysterious Absalom Quince (a’la the Doom Patrol’s Chief or Mission: Impossible’s Dan Briggs/Jim Phelps).    In their inaugural adventure, something is wrong on the small Caribbean island of Hidalgo.  The president who had always maintained good relations with the U.S. has suddenly cut off all ties with the U.S. Government.  This looks like a job for The Strangers.

The mission adds in some fantastic elements that go well beyond the normal espionage you would find on Mission: Impossible or It Takes a Thief, and that’s where this series takes a turn away from being just another spy thriller.  We get some sci-fi, some supernatural, some fantastic powers, and a villainous organization known as O.C.C.U.L.T.

The first issue sets up the adventure and was available for free as part of May 4th’s Free Comic Book Day, but will be available for sale as well if you missed the free debut.  I’m looking forward to #2 and am prepared for a wild ride.

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall – Covering the full spectrum of comics culture

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