Terra Obscura

Authors: Peter Hogan and Alan Moore
Artists: Yanick Paquette and Karl Story
Titan Books
RRP: £10.99
1 84023 860 7
Available 23 July 2004

Following 30 years
in captivity at the hands of an alien invader
the science heroes of Terra Obscura had a difficult time adjusting. Socially, culturally, even technologically, They're out of fashion. A whole generation grew without the benefit of a world of heroes. Now S.M.A.S.H. has disbanded, Mystico has gone into seclusion, and Tom Strange has vanished...

Terra Obscura neatly ties in with events that were unravelled in Tom Strong Book Two). The main plot behind this story is based on the near duplicate Earth which Tom Strong discovered in 1968. This planet, which Strong called Terra Obscura, was attacked by an alien soon after Strong returned home. The result being that Terra Obscura's future changed considerably.

Fans of Tom Strong will be impressed with this collection, and those who are not fans of Strong will also find much of interest - you don't really need to understand what has gone before as the majority of this information is presented in a brief summary at the start of this collection.

The art work is damn impressive and Titan have gone for a high quality feel for this release - nice glossy cover and quality paper stock. Although, I thought it a little cruel to push Peter Hogan into second place when it is obvious that this is mainly his work.

A worthy addition to add to your comic collection.

Ray Thompson

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