Tom Strong, his wife Dhalua, daughter Tesla, and companions
King Solomon, the intelligent ape, and Pneuman, the mechanical
manservant, tackle a host of exciting challenges from their
base in Millennium City in another engrossing collection...
the Tom Strong series of graphic novels is one of the
best collections, in this series, that I've read.
most interesting tale, The Terrible True Life of Tom Strong,
is a two-part story that sees our hero awaken to find he is
living in the 21st Century as a down-on-his-luck nobody. He
has a regular session with a shrink, who is concerned Tom
constantly dreams of being a superhero. But slowly, Tom starts
to see anomalies in this new reality. Is he really a mad no
hoper with delusions of grandeur, or is his true superhero
identity being hidden from him?
course it's not difficult to work out that this new reality
is the fantasy (there would be no more Tom Strong stories
if this were the true reality), but it's still an interesting
interesting addition is the full circle story Jenny Panic
& the Bible of Dreams. This is a bizarre story that
sees the faceless Mr Hatfill trying to track down the woman
of his dreams... Actually he is the product of a dream by
this very same woman... but that's a little too complicated
to go into here. Needless to say, Mr Hatfill wants to rescue
this woman from herself. Along the way Tom and his wife enter
a strange cartoon world - where Dhalua's breasts grow to enormous
proportions - much to Tom's pleasure, and Tom's strength is
more of a hindrance than a help.
Fire in His Belly, sees the appearance of the Eye Opener,
a super villain with the power to bring character from works
of art alive to do her evil bidding. But, the most interesting
aspect of this tale was the rather moving ending with Pneuman
unable to serve his master in the way that would best benefit
Strong. I won't spoil it here, but there is some twisted logic
to his decision.
is a first rate collection, with some fantastic writing and
wonderful art work. Tom Strong fans are being spoilt.
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