Tom Strong
Book Three

Author: Alan Moore
Artists: Chris Sprouse and Karl Story
Titan Books
RRP 24.99, US S24.95, Cdn $37.95
ISBN 1 84023 680 9
Available 21 May 2004

From the ocean's depths to volcanic caverns to the star-strewn reaches of outer space, join Tom Strong as he battles Earth's foes, with the help of wife Dhalua, daughter Tesla, and friends...

Book Three in the Tom Strong collection ups the stakes considerably. It is almost as though Alan Moore has gone away and taken another look at his hero and decided that a few tweaks are in order.

The writing is stronger and more engaging in this collection than Book Two was. The characters are used to push the narrative forward, as opposed to being stuck in for a little light relief as they were in some of the weird stories in Book Two.

There are also some fantastically conceived designs throughout this collection. I particularly like the gemsuits and the "space horses" - there is a whole sequence with them that reminded me of the attack on the Death Star in Star Wars.

The cover price is a little steep, and unless you are a real Tom Strong fanatic, I'd wait until a paperback version is released.

Apart from that slight moan this is a good, solid collection that will appeal to comic readers who don't usually go for Tom Strong collections.

Pete Boomer

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