As another Nerd year comes to an end, it’s hard not to reminisce about some of the awesome shit from 2009. With that in mind, my pick for best comic of last year (further discussed on next week’s episode of Nerd City) is Marvel‘s Strange Tales.
A three issue anthology of top indie creators’ free-for-all interpretations of classic Marvel characters, Strange Tales is innovative and nostalgic and awesome all @ the same time. Featuring work by alt-comic luminaries Paul Pope (Batman: Year 100, Heavy Liquid), Nerd City guest Jeffrey Brown (Clumsy, The Incredible Change-bots), Max Cannon (Red Meat), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Tony Millionaire (Maakies, Sock Monkey), Jhonen Vasquez (Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, Invader Zim), and their takes on Spider-Man, The Hulk(s), Dr. Strange, The Inhumans, The Watcher, Submariner, The Fantastic Four, Longshot, The Punisher and many more.
Seriously, this one of the most jam-packed books I have ever read. Each issue features ten or so stories, their all 48-pages, and it’s only 3.99! In a time when it’s hard not to feel ripped off by the cost of a comic, Strange Tales is an homage to the good ol’ days when books brimmed with guest stars and not because the company was trying to pull off their umpteenth full-universe crossover event of the week. What’s more, it would have been good if even half the stories were cool, but all of them are rad. Really. Fucking all of them. Great for superhero fans, great for indie comics fans, this was the best book of last year.
Get your copy of Strange Tales @ Chicago Comics.
Listen to Jeffrey Brown’s episode of Nerd City here.