Pirate adventures, encounters with old foes near and far,
and inner-space explorations are mere preface to Tom Strong's
greatest challenge: the end of the World...
in the Tom Strong series sees another collection of
adventures for our hero. We start of with a tale of pirates,
as Tom and co. take to the high seas in a tale that is partly
based on King Kong. Next up Pneuman's health is under
the microscope as Tom discovers that his robotic friend is
ill. This is followed by a trip into fiction as Tom sets out
on an adventure that has all the locations and characters
from a book he once read. Tom also attempts to track down
an old friend who he believes is being held captive against
her will. And finally Tom's universe starts to come unstable
as he prepares himself for the end of the World.
collection is the best in the Tom Strong series. It's
not that there are any particularly fantastic standout tales,
just that there is something here to appease everyone's tastes.
Whether it's a good old fashioned sci-fi tale with a twist
(The Journey Within); old fashioned adventures on the
high seas and mysterious islands (The Black Blade of the
Barbary Coast) or seeing the world through the eyes of
a villain (Cold Calling) this collection delivers the
of the great things about Tom Strong is that the authors
never take it too seriously. A great example of the writers
having fun with the characters is a panel where Tom is eager
for his team to carry out a surprise attack on their enemy.
He asks them to make sure they are quiet. However it is quickly
pointed out to him the fact that they are floating over their
prey's house in a flying saucer may well have alerted him
to their existence.
all of the stories have their own merits, for me, the most
satisfying tale was At the End of the Word. While the
story is not overly exciting for the most part, there is a
surprise revelation regarding Saveen, and the conclusion neatly
wraps up the Tom Strong universe in a way that will
have you reaching for the Kleenex - almost.
interesting Tom Strong collection that manages to get
the balance of stories just right. I couldn't think of a better
way to conclude this series.