Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we take a look at Dan Wickline and David Hartman’s series, Strange Cases, working off of a concept created by Steve Niles…
A four-issue mini-series from Image Comics in late 2007/early 2008, the concept of Strange Cases is a group of paranormal experts, and after an initial issue introducing the team, the next three issues gave team members spotlights
I featured issue #2 on the Year of Cool Comic Book Moments, as team member Ivy investigates the suspicious deaths of a bunch of homeless men.
She enlists the help of a homeless man named Pete, who thinks that homeless men are being recruited for “bum fights.” He keeps getting passed over – he believes it is because he is too scrawny. He’s right, but it’s not for the same reason he THINKS. He is too scrawny and that is bad because the men are not there to be fighters, but instead, they’re really there to be the prey of werewolves – and Pete doesn’t have enough meat on his bones.
Eventually, as the pickings become slim, he is taken captive. Ivy has gotten to like the simple-minded Pete, and she manages to rescue him from the werewolves and then she takes on the responsibility of protecting him.
Hartman does such a nice job capturing his fear (mixed with obliviousness).
Ivy kills all the werewolves, but Pete reveals that he was clawed during the battle – this is not good for him.
In the next issue, another member of the team, Greg, is spotlighted as he escorts a scientist trying to find a flower with special healing powers.
The flower is not unguarded, though…
There is a great bit at the end that underscores the dichotomy of killing for something meant to save lives.
The whole series is a fun, engaging series with good character moments and strong art.