Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Strange Tales II #1 (Vol. 2)

Strange Tales II #1 - Comic of the Day
Rafael Grampá's cover has a "fwt" on it.
I love this concept. Having cartoonist and writers from other fields do short 1 to 8 page stories, using the Marvel characters, is a fun way to tell tales that would never be seen in actual continuity. These are the goofy tales that pop into our head such as a fat Wolverine who is love sick or the Watcher, Uatu, experiencing life through by way of booze. Thanks to Strange Tales II #1, some of the wacky stories we wished to see come to life.

II Tales Stood Out to Me

1. The amazing cover artist Rafael Grampá created a Strange Tales II story starring Wolverine where he is in a "mutant wrestler" league. The story has the old vet fighting Deadpool's son: a cocky young buck who fights in the same style of his father. Wolverine allows the young rook' to assault him and stab him through with many swords and blades. The 8 page tale is very bloody and graphic. Plus, it has a very 80's feel to it which pulls from an era of graphic action in both movies and comics.

Throughout the battle with Deadpool's boy, Wolverine is thinking of a letter, from a love, he received in his locker before the fight. After the battle is over, Wolverine sits alone and thinks of his lover who has left him and simple drinks a beer and realizes he lot in a sad life. The story is nice, but the art is wonderful. Highly detailed and uniquely designed characters at times have a Ren and Stimpy close-up look to the: gritty and slightly grotesque. It's beautiful.

2. The other story, in the comic of the day, that stood out to me was a tale by Shannon Wheeler which basically was a "what if the Red Skull turned into a decent man" story. It seemed like such an odd choice of characters to turn into a changed man because unlike a villain like Loki or Magneto who are affiliated to fictional associations (being a God and being an evil mutant), the Red Skull was a Nazi leader. It's not like he was a reluctant Nazi leader or was just following orders...he was a freak'n monster. It actually seemed like it could be a little offensive, and I wonder if Marvel received any complaints or letters about the story. But, with that said, it was just a silly tale that was in the context of a book with silly strange tales, too.

Did anyone else read this story in Strange Tales II #1 and think the same thing?

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