Synopsis: What is the truth about Adam Strange? When an activist who publicly accused him of war crimes ends up dead, the public begins to doubt Strange’s stories about his adventures on the planet Rann-and he’s even starting to doubt himself. It’s going to take a special investigator to get the truth, and he’s going to have to tear apart Adam Strange’s life and reputation to do it.
Picking up from where the first issue left off. Batman has asked Michael Holt aka Mr. Terrific to investigate Adam Strange who has just released his book and is doing a book signing. This issue follows Michael as he goes about his daily business while he is reading the book. While he is doing is daily grind he is being hit with a number of general knowledge questions that span a number of topics, which include history and advanced maths.
Playing counter to Michael’s story is a flashback sequence of what happened to Adam Strange on the planet Rann.
We get some fantastic artwork in this issue, which is done in a sort of scratchy style that kind of resembles a rough style of painting. I particularly enjoyed the panels where we see Michael Holt in the boxing ring, which is juxtaposed quite nicely with Adam Strange accepting and undertaking a dangerous mission on the planet Rann with his wife.
The colorwork in the issue is pretty solid throughout.
This second issue moves the story along, but its rather slow-paced, which I suspect is a way of trying to get the reader to appreciate the intricate storyline, which at present isn’t giving a lot away. I liked the various exchanges between Michael and Batman, which went some way to speeding proceedings up. The general knowledge aspect of Michael testing himself was in danger of getting rather boring if truth be told.
Overall. Not a bad issue. But a bit more action would have been nice.