I love a good anthology series.
In regards to comic books, the unfortunate thing is that we really don’t get to see those types of endeavours published anymore. I don’t know. Maybe the rest of the world doesn’t share my enthusiasm over them.
Luckily, Vertigo Comics, the mature, sophisticated imprint of DC Comics seems to have a fondness for the anthology format. They are continuously publishing stories by a plethora of creative teams under a theme or banner.
And now, near the end of the calendar year, they’re at it again. And it’s a strange one.
Follow me after the jump for Strange Sports Stories #1!
Strange Sports Stories #1
Written by: Various
Illustrated by: Various
Published by: Vertigo Comics
The title “Strange Sports Stories” actually is a reference to, and with, an obscure history at DC Comics.
Back in the early 1960’s, the long-lasting (and quite legendary) The Brave and the Bold monthly series – a series that regularly featured team-ups of various DC superheroes – briefly ran a theme of “strange sports” through issues #45 – #49. Here was “Challenge of the Headless Baseball Team” and “The Man Who Drove Through Time”. DC Comics actually brought the theme back as its own title in the early 1970’s, but that series only lasted six issues.
It’s a weird, thought, after all.
But Vertigo Comics loves their weird. And they’re bringing the title back for another round – this time as a monthly 4-issue mini series. But this issue is extra long – and extra priced. Consider them softcover compilations. Each one will run you about $15 but the first issue, at least, would make a great stocking stuffer for the weird-loving, comic book fan in your life!
Here, you’ll find science fiction and horror and strange work from acclaimed writers and artists such as Paul Pope, Gilbert Hernandez and Darick Robertson along with new and/or upcoming voices like CM Punk, Megan Levens and Genevieve Valentine.
Anthology stories make for fun, quick reading. It’s a perfect break from any long form story you might be reading. It’s a perfect distraction from all the hustle and bustle that life offers at this time of year. And, ultimately, it makes for a perfect reading experience.
Make the run to you local comic book shop and pick up the strangely perfect Strange Sports Stories #1!