Strange Tales 1 (November 2009)

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I think Strange Tales is a bad title for this one (I know, it’s a traditional Marvel title), just because they aren’t strange tales, they’re funny ones.

Wait, the Japanese one is strange (Spider-Man in a town of spider-people feeling inferior to Mary Jane).

Anyway, the funniest is Nicholas Gurewitch’s one page Wolverine strip. He’s got an amusing Hulk one too, but the Wolverine one is just awesome.

There’s some great art–the Paul Pope Inhumans tale is cuter, in narrative terms, than funny, but it’s just some amazing work from Pope (big shocker there).

Dash Shaw’s Dr. Strange story’s good, as is Johnny Ryan’s series of absurd Marvel jokes.

The Bagge Hulk story’s all right but nothing … incredible.

The strangest story might be Bertozzi’s somewhat touching romantic Modok story.

It’s a great anthology, just wish it wasn’t a limited series. Marvel needs to laugh at itself more.

CREDITS

The Watcher; writer and artist, Nick Bertozzi; colorist, Chris Sinderson. Inhumans; writer, artist and letterer, Paul Pope; colorist, Jose Villarrubia. She-Hulk; writer, John Leavitt; artist, Molly Crabapple; colorist and letterer, Star St. Germain. Spider-Man; writers, Junko Mizuno, Aki Yanahi and C.B. Cebulski; artist, Mizuno. Dr. Strange; writer, artist and letterer, Dash Shaw. Hulk; writer, artist and letterer, James Kochalka. Marvel’s Most Embarrassing Moments; writer, artist and letterer, Johnny Ryan. The Punisher; writer, artist and letterer, Ryan. Namor the Sub-Mariner; writer, artist and letterer, Michael Kupperman. Hulk; writer, artist and letterer, Peter Bagge; colorist, J. Bagge. …And Call My Lover MODOK; writer, artist and letterer, Nick Bertozzi. Hulk; writer, artist, colorist and letterer, Nicholas Gurewitch. Wolverine; writer, artist, colorist and letterer, Gurewitch. Spider-Man; writer and artist, Jason. Editors, Jody LeHeup, Aubrey Sitterson, John Barber, Axel Alonso and Damien Lucchese; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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