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Tom Strong Deluxe Edition Volume 1


Written by Alan Moore; Art by Chris Sprouse

Sep 25, 2009 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share

Alan Moore has earned his place in the pantheon of all-time greatest comics creators. Tom Strong Deluxe Edition Volume 1 collects the first dozen issues of that series, penciled mostly by the more-than-capable Chris Sprouse.

The character of Tom Strong is an homage and synthesis of several comics’ archetypes, including Doc Savage, Reed Richards, and Superman: a pulpy, ingenious strongman that owes his supernormal abilities to his father’s science and the practices of his wife Dahlua’s ancient, lost-world culture. Tom, Dahlua, and their daughter Tesla, along with a robot butler and simian companion, embark on adventures ranging from dimension-hopping to archeological digs to superpowered smack-downs.

Moore, as always, is a master at distilling what is cool, fun, and exciting about genre fiction, then repurposing and building it back up to tell his own stories. Tom Strong is wholly enjoyable. This first volume doesn’t push boundaries that his seminal works like Watchmen, V for Vendetta, or League of Extraordinary Gentlemen do. But not every work can be noteworthy for moving an entire medium forward. Tom Strong, rather, simply exhibits solid, clever storytelling that should be at home in the hands of long-time comics fans and newbies alike. (www.dccomics.com/wildstorm)

Author rating: 8/10

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