Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Adam Strange/Future Quest Annual #1 Review and *SPOILERS*

Regarding Adam

Written By: Marc Andreyko, Jeff Parker, Dan Didio 
Art By: Steve Lieber, Veronica Gandini, Dave Lanphear, Phil Winslade, Chris Chuckry, Nick J. Nap
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date; March 29, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Alright, right off the bat I want to let everyone in on the fact that I don't read Future Quest and care very little about it.  Hell, while reading this issue I found myself all kinds of lost when reading terms in this book that refer to things Jonny Quest related because I haven't watched or really looked into anything to do with it since I was a young kid.  The reason I want to spell all of this out is because I'm only reading and reviewing this issue based on the fact that it's continuing the adventures of Adam Strange after his romp in the six issue mini, Death of Hawkman, where we saw our hero zeta-beamed away after the Super-Beam exploded, sending Adam to the world of Jonny Quest apparently and Despero somewhere else........ with the bones of the dead Hawkman.  Hopefully, this will be the continuation to that mini that I want and even a epilogue to finally give me some closure to that series because goddamn, I really don't care about Jonny Quest.  Let's jump into this issue and see if I can figure out what's what and if we can get some answers to what the future holds for Adam Strange.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Adam Strange being zeta-beamed into the Lost Valley and being found by the neanderthal "Ug" and a boy named Todd, who can't seem to leave the Lost Valley, but isn't even looking to do that because his parents are apparently stuck inside this land outside of time itself.  It's weird though because throughout this issue we hear that the only way to enter or leave the Lost Valley is through a vortex and the zeta-beam doesn't really seem to be the same thing to me.   The reason I bring this up is because Dr. Quest seems to be really concerned about this, but thinks it must be true because Todd knows what the energy of a vortex looks like and calls what brought Adam Strange to this Lost Valley a vortex. 

So yeah, it seems that we have ourselves some F.E.A.R. Agents stuck in this Lost Valley as well and blame Dr. Quest and his crew for stranding them there and want to use Adam Strange to open a vortex out of there, but even if Adam could at that moment, he wouldn't know how to because the main gimmick of this annual seems to be Adam not knowing who he is and gradually remembering things about himself and the Death of Hawkman mini as the issue progresses.  Ultimately, it boils down to our heroes being chased down throughout the Lost Valley by the Agents of F.E.A.R., who have the ability to control the dinosaur population.............. and that's about it.  

In the end, Adam Strange remembers who he is and the day is really saved by Birdman showing up to see what all the hubbub was about and using his powers to charge up the alien material from Adam Strange's Universe so that a zeta beam can sense the location and Adam Strange can hop a ride back home on one........ Which he does, but not before the Agents of F.E.A.R. force them to open a vortex so they can escape, but I wouldn't worry too much about them because as we see at the end, they're transported to the Herculoids, who don't seem too happy to see them............. Now this Annual does have a backup featuring Top Cat and Batman, but like Jonny Quest, I'm not a fan of Top Cat and know even less about him.  It's not a bad story, it's just not one I care about.  Essentially, it's Top Cat relating to Batman how he got in this Universe, but the whole time all he was doing was buying time for Catwoman and decides to go things his own way even though he was offered help by both the Bat and the Cat to find his friend Benny.  That's all.

That's it for this Annual of Adam Strange/Future Quest and I have to say that even though I didn't mind the art in this issue, the main story seemed like a bunch of nonsense.  Yeah, I'm sure it brought things up and even finished things off for the Future Quest title, but to my eyes it was just a lot of running through the jungle and Adam Strange being pretty useless.  That's the worst part too because the idea of Adam Strange fighting off evil agents and dinosaurs sounds pretty bad ass, but since he was an amnesiac throughout the majority of this issue, he had no idea what to do or even how to use his equipment.  If that wasn't enough to piss off the superhero fans reading this issue, it also didn't give us any answers or solace from the Death of Hawkman series except that Jonny Quest's world was a mere stop off for Adam Strange before he tried to make his way back home and to Alanna.  Just not a lot going on here and since I'm not a Hanna Barbera fan, I didn't really have a lot of fun reading this issue.

Bits and Pieces:

My score for this review is based solely off my interest in Adam Strange and this being the continuation of the Death of Hawkman........... so keep that in mind because I haven't been reading Future Quest and have very little interest in the characters of this property.  So with that in mind, I really didn't care for this Annual because it did little for the Adam Strange character except make him come off really useless for the majority of this issue and really just stands as a stop off and single adventure for our hero before he makes his way back to the DC Universe.  The art wasn't bad, but it wasn't something that I really enjoyed either and hope that this will at least do something for Future Quest fans because it didn't do anything for me.


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