Adam Strange worked as a scientist for the Erdel Initiative; his main task was maintaining the Justice League's Zeta-Beam technology. He was accidentally transported to Rann by Sardath, a local scientist. After they devised a way to communicate with each other, Sardath introduced Strange to his enhanced Zeta-Beam research. He told him his technology had been stolen, and gave him a device with which he could track it before sending him back to Earth.
Adam introduced Zeta Squad to Sardath and Alanna. Miss Martian removed the language barrier between the two groups, which allowed Adam to discuss things through with Sardath, and Alanna a moment to express her feelings about Adam.
He was quick to notify Sardath that they had discovered Kroloteans were behind the theft, but Sardath already knew—and had told Strange about it on their previous encounter. He had not understood it, and thought "Krolotean" was just a word for "thief".
Alanna proposed using her father's experimental Zeta-Shield to stop the Kroloteans on Earth. Sardath continued his research on the project, and the others headed for the jungles of Rann to investigate a possible Krolotean hideout. They had to leave town in disguise; Alanna came along as a guide.
At a mag-rail station on the edge of the city, the five of them boarded a train. As the doors close, two members of the Science Patrol boarded for a routine ID check. Not wanting to be discovered, Adam Strange distracted them by reciting part of Jabberwocky, and lured the officers out of the train. He used his jet pack to make a getaway, back towards the city.
Science Patrol was on the lookout for him, and he tried to elude the patrols. One officer had snuck up behind him; Adam managed to take him out by flying into him.
Zeta Squad returned to STAR Labs' Erdel Initiative. Nightwing and Captain Atom were present to debrief them. Adam reported on Sardath's invention of the Zeta-Shield, and explained how it could aid them against the Kroloteans without compromising the League's Zeta systems.
After the Team secured a holographic recording implicating the Light in the Justice League's attack of Rimbor, Adam Strange accompanied Superboy and Miss Martian to present this new evidence at the League's trial. Although the trio arrive after the verdict was announced, it prompted the tribunal to reconvene. Miss Martian and Superboy were able to convince the tribunal of the merits and profit potential of rendering a fair judgment, and all charges against the League were dropped. Adam, Superboy, and Miss Martian took their leave from Icon and Hawkman, and traveled back to Earth via Zeta-beam.
When magnetic field disruptors planted by the Reach threatened the Earth, Adam Strange joined 39 other heroes of Earth in a briefing in Metropolis. The heroes would use a computer virus provided by Lex Luthor to safely disable the disruptors. The heroes were paired off into twenty squads: one member would run interference against weapons guarding the disruptors, allowing the other to get close enough to plant the virus.
Adam was assigned to Zeta Squad, and worked alongside Rocket. Within thirty minutes, all squads had succeeded in their mission.
Adam met Alanna after her father's Zeta-beam experiment pulled him to Rann. Despite the language barrier making communication difficult, Alanna developed a crush on him. When Adam returned to Rann, Alanna was happy to see him once more and excited to be able to speak to him now Miss Martian provided psychic translation. She confessed her crush to Superboy.