Take a bunch of independent comics and art-comics writers and artists, give them free reign to do whatever they want with Marvel characters, and what do you get? The Strange Tales mini-series and its even better sequel, Strange Tales II!
I'm not as knowledgeable on the independent comics scene as mainstream, but I did recognize a fair share of creators, and they were all good ones. The Hernandez Brothers, David Heatley, Kate Beaton, Jeff Lemire to name a few--and of course everyone has gone on and on about the amazing contribution by Rafael Grampa in issue 1. I did love that story, and I'll be pickled in the art isn't good. Observe:
|My other favorite story.|
|Shaw got a bit too weird for my tastes.|
4.5 out of 5 stars.